The mission of the Empowerment Center is to educate youth from hard places to achieve and thrive.
Our vision is to see youth from hard places graduate from high school and achieve the education to sustain independent living.
The Empowerment Center is a safe place for youth to receive additional academic support and resources. We strive to provide a learning environment that empowers and equips youth with the skills to achieve independence and academic success.
Aid youth in the development and completion of their Education to Independence Plan.
Provide youth with educational support and resources to get on track to obtaining a GED, graduating high school, or beginning post-secondary education.
Assist youth in developing the skills and character traits needed to be successful in their interpersonal relationships as well as their educational and vocational pursuit.
Support the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs of each youth in order to help them become whole persons.
Promote the importance of youth being civically-engaged citizens in their communities.
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
More than 60% of youth in foster drop out of school, which is twice the drop-out rate for all students.
Research shows that students in foster care who are of the emancipation age are typically reading at a sixth-grade level.
Youth in foster care are 44% less likely to graduate from high school than their peers.
On average, students lose four to six months of progress every time they switch schools because of acclimation, delays in transfer of records, and assessment for special services.