“TO MOVE FORWARD YOU HAVE TO GIVE BACK” - OPRAH WINFREY
The Power of You Teens (POYT) is an innovative 501(c)(3) non-profit Mentoring and Empowerment Organization serving girls, ages 11-18, in the Harlem, Detroit and Atlanta communities. We bring a world of hope and opportunities to girls who need it most. Our mission is to inspire girls to be Confident, College Bound and Career Ready! We recognize powerful girls grow up to be secure and confident women setting the stage for their futures as leaders and agents of change. Research supporting this is why we call our young women, POWERGIRLS.
Since 2016, we have provided over 25 college scholarships for our PowerGirls! This year, we have six incredible PowerGirls who will attend college. Our goal is to raise $12,000 to provide our deserving PowerGirls college scholarships and to continue to provide dynamic educational programming for teen girls. POYT’s year-round programming and workshops are designed to combat the negative influences many young women face, especially young women of color.
With your help, we can continue to tear down barriers to success and create more ladders of opportunity for teen girls. Each PowerGirl Scholarship Recipient will receive $1,250-1,750 in scholarship funds. The resources may be used to pay for any education expense deemed necessary by the college, including books, a laptop, lab equipment, housing, tuition, fees, transportation, living expenses and course materials. Any remaining funds will go towards expenses for our programs and workshops for our PowerGirls.
THE POWER OF YOU TEENS
At POYT, we provided the necessary tools and resources to inspire teens from potential to power. We recognize powerful girls grow up to be secure and confident women setting the stage for their futures as leaders and agents of change!
Through our tuition-free educational workshops and mentorship programs, we create a safe, fun and inspirational environment that ignites the spark for girls to be Brave, Bold and Brilliant. Our PowerGirl workshops address: college preparation, improving academic performance, self-esteem and confidence training, career preparation, communication and leadership skills for the 21st century, financial literacy, stress reduction, conflict resolutions, life skills, mind, body and spirit wellness.
We encourage character/leadership development, academic achievement and prepare our PowerGirls to be Confident, College Bound and Career Ready. Our organization helps change the trajectory of girls’ lives by encouraging character development, academic achievement and community service. We're passionate about developing tomorrow's agents of change who understand their self-worth and how they can make a positive impact in their community and the world!
For more information about our organization and to view a video of a recent event our organization held, please visit our website: http://thepowerofyouteens.org/ We have also been featured on numerous news programs, including a prime-time special on Fox5 New York entitled Good Day Street Talk: Women Who Shape the Future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD4A268XQqYand a news segment on 1010 Wins http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/02/22/black-history-month-one-on-one-felicia-gibson-jaycox/
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2023 POWERGIRL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES AND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS!
Fatoumata has been a PowerGirl since 2016. She graduated from Success Academy High School of the Liberal Arts with a 4.0 GPA. She was also on the Dean’s List, excelled in Honors & AP classes and took courses at New York University and Columbia University through their Dual Enrollment Programs. In addition, she participated in Feet in Motion Dance, Afrobeat’s and POYT’s Dance and Performing Arts Team. She will attend Brown University and study Business and Entrepreneurship.
Francesca has been a PowerGirl since 2016. She graduated from Winston Prep in NYC. She was the president of her senior class, a member of the Choir Club and she played the lead in most of the school plays. She played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream. She will attend Dean College in the Fall and will major in Musical Theater. She looks forward to becoming an Actress.
Heaven has been a PowerGirl since 2018. She graduated from John Glenn High School. She was on the high honor roll and graduated early in January. She currently attends Suffolk Community College and has a joint admission to Stony Brook University. She will major in Liberal Arts and looks forward to becoming an Anesthesiologist.
Mikaylah has been a PowerGirl since 2015. She graduated from Food and Finance High School and honed her skills through an internship at Great Performances Catering Company. She will attend Virginia State University and looks forward to majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Mass Communications.
Nayelly has been a PowerGirl since 2017. She will attend The New School in New York City where she will study The Business of Fashion, Buying and Merchandising. She is also interested in minoring in Graphic Design and Post Production.
Neveah has been a PowerGirl since 2018. She graduated from John Glenn High School and will attend Suffolk Community College as a Liberal Arts major. She is also volunteering for the next 10 months in an AmeriCorps/ Habitat for Humanity program to build homes for low-income families. She looks forward to becoming a first responder for FDNY.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Donations of any amount are Welcome, and every contribution will help us reach our goal. We are a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and all donations are tax-deductible.
Beyond Money - We Need Your Help Spreading the Word!!!
Other Ways You Can Help – Every donation is deeply appreciated but we would love for you to spread the word about our organization and our mission to help teen girls.
Tell ALL of your friends, relatives, and co-workers! Post about us on your social media platforms!
Recognizing Your Generosity!
The work we do touches girls’ lives in a meaningful way. THANK YOU for Supporting Our Mission and Making a Difference in the lives of Teen Girls. Your Support and Generosity are greatly appreciated!!
Photos by Rachel Elkind Photography