EmpowHer Institute Hosting Foreign Delegation from 19 Countries
Delegates Examining Ways to Cultivate Leadership in Young Women,
Emphasize the Importance of Female Leadership and Foster Potential Partnerships to Address
Issues of Concern to Girls and Women Worldwide
Los Angeles, CA, November 27, 2012 --(PR.com)-- EmpowHer Institute and Environmental Charter
Middle School (ECMS) will host a delegation of 20 community activists, educators and nonprofit
managers from 19 foreign countries visiting the United States under the auspices of the Department of
State's International Visitor Leadership Program. While on campus, the delegation - which is in the U.S.
to learn best practices and ideas from community leaders about programs that engage young women in
positive directions - will visit an EmpowHer class.
Offered through the EmpowHer Institute, the Empowered Girls Program is delivered as a “girls only”
curriculum in a 20-38 week program in middle schools as part of the school class schedule. The
curriculum is comprised of domains in career development/life skills, financial literacy and leadership
development for low-income girls between the ages of 11-18 enrolled in schools in neighborhoods with
greater than a 50 percent dropout rate. It provides the tools, resources, partnerships and support girls need
to gain the voice, ability and problem-solving capacity to realize their full potential. The EmpowHer
Institute curriculum is taught by trained ECMS teachers and counselors who were jointly selected by the
school and EmpowHer as best suited to help students achieve these outcomes.
During the visit, students also will present information to the delegation about ECMS Green
Ambassadors classes, in which they explore sustainable issues and solutions and then work in teams to
share solutions with the community.
The delegation then will meet with representatives from the EmpowHer Institute and Environmental
Charter Schools (ECS) staff to learn more about their respective programs.
When: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 - 4:00 p.m.
Who: Hosts -
· EmpowHer Institute Founder/CEO, Betty LaMarr and Heather Sheldon, EmpowHer Program Manager
· ECS Founder and Executive Director Alison Suffet Diaz and ECMS Principal Kami Cotler
· Delegates (19 women and one man) from Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Croatia, Gambia, Ghana,
Jordan, Kenya, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Republic of Korea,
Romania, Russia, St. Kitts and Nevis and Yemen
Where: Environmental Charter Middle School
3600 W. Imperial Highway
Inglewood, CA 90393
What Else: The delegation's visit to the United States is being coordinated through the International
Visitors Council of Los Angeles (IVCLA), a private, non-partisan, nonprofit organization that
implements the U.S. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program of
professional and cultural exchanges. Its purpose is to increase mutual understanding at the professional
and personal levels and thereby contribute to improving relations between the United States and other
countries. These established or potential foreign leaders in government, media, business, education,
science, arts and other key fields are selected by American embassies overseas to visit the U.S. and confer
with their professional counterparts and to experience the U.S. firsthand.
About EmpowHer Institute
EmpowHer Institute's mission is to empower girls and women by helping them gain the skills necessary
through education, training and entrepreneurship to seek fulfilling and productive lives. Its Empowered
Girls Program provides students with practical life skills, while inspiring them to envision a bright future.
The partnership between EmpowHer Institute and participating schools brings together practical learning
within a small learning community where students and families are known well by school faculty and
staff. EmpowHer Institute and its partner schools believe that students are most motivated to learn when
there is a clear connection between what they are learning and their own personal goals. For more
information about the EmpowHer Institute and its programs, visit http://empowher.org/.
About Environmental Charter Schools
Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) is a network of free public schools that prepares students for
4-year colleges through experiential learning and by exploring the environment as a learning tool both
inside and outside the classroom.
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