Empower Expression is a startup 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free mentoring in the Arts. We seek to encourage expression that fosters self-confidence and communication skills.
Our mentors are made up of passionate, talented, and experienced high school and college students who host online, personalized sessions over Google Meets with interested students.
We believe that with social media platforms rising in popularity, children and young adults are constantly subject to harsh criticism from others and from themselves. Artificial expectations can immensely drain self-confidence and create unnecessary stress. Moreover, the transition to online messaging has lead to increased social anxiety and a lack of communication skills. The ability to publicly speak, learn new languages, and freely express individuality can build confidence in oneself and improve communication skills.
Money, transportation, or lack of resources can often restrict students from obtaining lessons or simply guidance in the Arts. Through Empower Expression's free online format, we hope to increase the accessibility of these services and reach out to disconnected communities.
Because we provide our services for free, Empower Expression still needs to recoup a variety of startup costs and operational costs.
Moreover, once we grow our organization and/or reach our goal of funds, we will beginning buying Arts supplies, like film equipment or music instruments, for those who cannot afford such luxuries. We also plan on hosting events in the future where we can unite our community of Empower Expression's mentors and mentees to use our skills to give back to the community, whether it's through knitting blankets for homeless shelters, playing music in nursing homes, or visiting hospitals to bring the joy of the Arts there.
We would really appreciate your support!
- George Sdregas
- Alex Hehmeyer
Organizer and beneficiary
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