how does the program work?
The program includes enrolled 10th/11th high-school girls who meet once a month at a local business location or a community venue for 4-6 hours of instructional hands on, and interactive learning.
See below for some of our guest speaker's bio or our home page for a sample of topics discussed.
We have planned field trips that will benefit the students with learning about the community, STEM, and helping others.
Below are the locations/events planned for this year's program:
dr. carli synder
Dr. Carli Snyder, a board-certified clinical psychologist practicing in the Las Vegas area for the last twelve years and is the founder and creator of Girl Nation. Carli’s approachable style and passion for inspiring girls to be their best possible selves makes her an influence and inspiration to many. In 2000, Carli received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. She had a private practice in Beverly Hills for two years before relocating to Las Vegas. Currently, Carli has a small practice in town where she specializes in young women’s health issues (Depression, anxiety, negative body image). Her passion is working with pre-teen and teenage girls helping them to navigate the confusing and complicated girl world.
Author, speaker, engaging storyteller, and energetic force of nature, Maria employs a thoughtful, deft approach to the dynamic, rapidly changing world to help you navigate life successfully.
Through her own life experiences, Maria has learned that the key to real, sustainable transformation lies inside each of us—and her approach is therefore internal. She developed the Fly-High Method as a way to guide others through the process of reclaiming joy in their lives by:
- Rejecting the often debilitating “shoulds and ought-tos” imposed by society
- Embracing one’s true self
- Taking healthy risks with confidence
- Listening to what the heart says
Kate Bentley, once a professional singer, radio and TV personality, decided to become a U.S. diplomat over 20 years ago. Kate is a former U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer with extensive experience in Latin America and the United Nations, and in advising the U.S. Military on foreign policy perspectives of military engagement. Her experience ranges from foreign policy formulation, bilateral and multilateral negations, U.S. Government interagency coordination, public speaking, and exchange program management. Serving in the Foreign Service since 1998, she has explained and advocated U.S. foreign policy and shared American culture in over 20 countries. The majority of her time has been spent serving at U.S. Embassies in Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia, Brazil and the United Kingdom. She was also posted to Washington, DC, for seven years and with the U.S. Army as an Advisor for two years. She will talk about how our choices in our life influence our future and our skills are transformable.
carly rae coady
Carly Rae works at Local Honey in East Nashville as their Education Director, where she trains apprentices and stylists. She was named in 2016 by The Colorist Magazine "30 under 30: The Next Generation of Colorists". She was one of 25 nominated from all over the world for the BehindtheChair Big Shot Editorial category.
Mentors are from various industries and are paired with the students to reach out to them throughout the program and attend various meetings. They will guide the student in career choices, how to build a resume, talk about interviewing skills and be supportive in positive life changes for the student.
When mentors set out to work with EMPower Me, they are required to pass a background check and attend a training program before they are partnered with any students.
³WHY FOCUS ON GIRLS?
Women account for 47% of the US Labor Force and 4% sit in the CEO chair for the Fortune 500 companies. Only 14.2% make up the top leadership positions. To make a difference, girls need to believe that they are valuable enough to have any career they want.
We tell our daughters they can do anything they want, let's help them by giving them the resources and instilling in them the confidence to earn the seat.
The stats are scary, in fact research continues to show us that women hold women back from reaching our full potential.
In 2009, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a new policy urging pediatricians to team up with schools and parents to advocate for preventing bullying by dialoging and highlighting the effects of girl on girl cruelty.
- Females were responsible for 40% of bullying at work and school.
- 84% of women reported suffering an emotional trauma from another woman.
- 1/3 women have only 1 to 3 authentic intimate reliable female relationships.
- 1 and 3 teens were targeted by menacing on-line activity.
We want to make a difference and focus on bringing in professionals and experts who can zone in on key issues to help make a difference in each of the young women who participate in the program.
³United States. Census Bureau. "Demographic Trends" Washington: GPO, 2016 Print
The Resilience Project, (AAP) 2009 www. aap.org
Valen, Kelly (2010) The Twisted Sisterhood, California