In 2007, more than 100 people packed into a small room to hear Leo Johnson tell his story at McMaster University’s Global Citizenship Conference. Leo recounted the challenges and successes he faced growing up as a child on refugee camps in West Africa. He shared his vision for an organization that would transform communities through access to education, youth engagement, leadership development and genuine community partnerships.
Inspired by his message and story, several people approached Leo after his presentation. They told him they wanted to help, and Empowerment Squared was established shortly after.
The Charity was founded with a commitment to effect sustainable change through the development of educational pathways and social skills for youth. We aim to empower communities through academic mentoring for youth and young adults, leadership development, and supervised access to sports and recreation opportunities. Lasting community change must come from within, and real help means giving people the knowledge and tools to help themselves.