Empowerment Program

The program is a holistic social service program that provides mental health, job readiness, education, case management and leadership support to elevate women and their communities.

The Empowerment Program is a robust six month, two stage program that addresses all aspects of a woman’s life to ultimately give her the tools and education she needs to positively change her life.

Stage 1 – Empowering Your Mind (2 Months)

Women attend individual therapy and group therapy for two months
to heal themselves and make positive change happen.

  • Participants will receive individualized treatment plans to address and improve mental health and social support needs or concerns.
  • Participants will attend social support groups to learn self advocacy skills, budgeting skills, healthy communication skills, mental health skills, and how to protect themselves from domestic violence.

Stage 2 – Empowering Your Future (4 Months)

After completion of Stage 1, participants attend a training broken into two sections – life skills & human rights and jobs skills & entrepreneurship training – to equip women with the social, professional, and interpersonal skills needed to enable them to cope with the demands of everyday life.

Section 1: Life skills and human rights

Topics covered include:

  • The importance of human/women rights
  • Healthy relationships
  • Reporting abuse
  • Sexual education
  • Women’s right in the workplace
  • Critical thinking tools to foster independence.

Section 2 : Jobs skills and entrepreneurship training

Women will be placed into one of two groups – seeking general employment or seeking self-employment / entrepreneurship.

Topics covered include:

  • Building healthy relationships in the workplace
  • Time management
  • Applying for jobs
  • Job interview preparation
  • Understanding the job market and human resources.
  • Entrepreneurship training

Additional Community Offerings

Crisis Support

  • Individual therapy
  • Case Management
  • Clothing & Food
  • Hygiene & Feminine products
  • Contraceptives

Elective Classes

  • Nails
  • Nutrition
  • Sewing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self Defense

“The program gave me unconditional support during a hard moment in my life and they were the only people that understood what was happening to me and could help me to get ahead and empower myself. They encouraged me to fight for what I want and deserve. The hardest challenge I faced in my life was fighting with myself, my mind, my thoughts. I was able to face it because the [Empowerment] program taught me that I was the only one who could control those negative thoughts and that they were not more powerful than myself. I learned to value and love myself as I am.”

Marilyn C.
Program Participant

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