Current Project: Empower Hour
'Empower Hour' is very exciting! It has the potential to make a real impact in the lives of women affected by poverty by building self-esteem and confidence and inspiring a desire to succeed.
"The Empower Hour brings out the best and
makes a stronger woman out of you."
Sura, 17 year old Empower Hour participant
In partnership with Good Shepherd Centres Brennan House, the JLHB recently developed and launched a pilot program we call 'Empower Hour'. Now adopted as an ongoing JLHB program, members are responsible for a series of workshops and activities that engage young women in self discovery and developing basic living skills, together with providing support through coaching and mentoring. 'Empower Hour' is very exciting! It aims to open the doors of success for young women affected by poverty, by building self esteem, increasing confidence and inspiring a desire to succeed. Our research indicates that improving the capabilities of young women can help to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and for future generations.
Flexibility is key to success with this initiative. Components are developed and amended according to the specific needs of the participants. The program also incorporates fun activities that provide opportunities for discussion about what's working, what isn't and what's missing.
Brennan House is a 15 bed, co-ed transitional residence for youth, 16-20 years of age, that supports young people at risk as they transition from homelessness to independence. Residents are expected to establish their own personal goals with the aid of Youth Support Workers.
"The Empower Hour of the Junior League inspires women with the courage to break free from the chains of limitations and gives the young women the tools to see their true beauty and power. This is done through self help tools, self discovery, information, encouragement and inspiration as a guide on the journey of reclaiming their power as young women that may have been hindered by challenging life circumstances. The young women at Good Shepherd Brennan House are encouraged to see and bring forth the beauty and strength from within themselves and are inspired to be the best they can be."
Loretta Hill-Finamore, Director Good Shepherd Youth Services.