19-country Delegation to Observe Girls-Only Class at EmpowHer

By Rob Kuznia, Staff Writer
December 2, 2012

Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood on Tuesday will host a delegation of activists, educators and nonprofit managers from 19 countries as part of a program to empower women through education.

The delegation, which is visiting the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, will visit a girls-only class at the school known as EmpowHer.

Offered through the EmpowHer Institute, the Empowered Girls Program is delivered as a curriculum in a 20- to 38-week program in middle schools as part of the school class schedule. The program is aimed at developing life skills, financial literacy and leadership capabilities for low-income girls from 11 to 18 years old in neighborhoods with a dropout rate that exceeds 50 percent.

The delegation is in the United States to learn best practices and ideas from community leaders about programs that engage young women in positive ways.

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