At Empowerment Squared, our commitment is to ensure that marginalized, newcomer, and refugee youth are given the opportunity to succeed in school regardless of their past experiences and family’s economic status. We refuse to accept the status quo where many youth in Canada and elsewhere are simply condemned to poverty and failure due to a lack of support to engage in positive learning activities and succeed in school. In Canada, many find themselves placed in grades higher than their academic abilities, others lack positive role models and adult allies, while many go without proper meals and safe transportation to school daily.
Empowerment Squared’s Academic Mentoring and Recreation Programs facilitate the development of educational pathways and social skills for those youth. Combining several techniques from fraction games and make-your-own-book projects to soccer tournaments and campus tours, Empowerment Squared is helping at-risk youth begin the process of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Based on research data and our first hand experience, parental engagement is a strong determining factor regarding youth’s decision to seek post-secondary education. That is why we have developed the Digital Literacy Program that teaches parents key computer and Internet skills, including how to use online translators and navigational tools for school board websites, so they can better participate in their children’s education. In an effort to empower them beyond the program, each successful participant receives a fully loaded computer to ensure they can continue to utilize their new skills at home.
But we cannot do this alone! Our dedicated community of supporters, volunteers, and partners – you are the core foundation upon which we stand and rely on to continue changing the lives of over 200 youth yearly. Through our work together, we are restoring hope to many youth from marginalized communities, we are demonstrating to them that they matter and that there are thousands of people who genuinely care about them and will stop at nothing to see them succeed.
Our sincere gratitude to our dedicated funders, volunteers, donors, youth, community partners , staff, supporters, students, and alumni who continue to light our path to success. You are changing lives and helping families break the cycle of poverty through the youth we serve.
Leo Nupolu Johnson