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Y-Empowerment Inc

We help families overcome their adversities.

aka The Walk   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  http://yempowerment.org

Mission

It is the mission of Y-Empowerment Inc. to help families who have experienced domestic violence. We strive to help families overcome their adversities and become healthy and supportive survivors through social interaction and education. It is our sole purpose to promote healthy families despite the issues that they may have endured, in a safe and empowering atmosphere.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Nila Hogan

Main address

1707 Eye Street Suite 111

Bakersfield, CA 93301 USA

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Formerly known as

Nila Hogan

EIN

45-4187732

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Child Abuse, Prevention of (I72)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kern County has a large issue with domestic violence. Children are constantly caught in the middle of domestic violence arguments, court proceedings, and various other predicaments that keep them from having a healthy relationship with their parents. We aim to reunify families and strengthen any personal issues that are in the way of this. The biggest issue that our children going through these issues face is the issue of safety. Parents who are in the process of conducting child visitations and custody orders, tend to sometimes, unfortunately, forget the common goal, and that is their children’s best interest. We want to rectify that situation and keep children safe and empower families to be the best that they can despite the fact that the family cannot all be together as one, but want to help them overcome their adversities. We have also realized that there is alarming concern about inaccessibility for the underserved poverty-level families to access services

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kern County Supervised Visitations

Supervised Visitation is contact between a noncustodial party and one or more children in the presence of a neutral third person.

At Y-Empowerment, we provide Supervised Visitations conducted by Professional Child Visitation Providers. The roll of the Provider is to ensure the safety of the children, both parents and themselves over the course of the visitation. Our goal is to form a safe, affordable, fun and welcoming environment for all parties in the matter, especially the children.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to ensure that all families in Kern county have the best opportunity to better themselves. We want to ensure the safety of children while they’re interacting with both of their parents so that their family life will be the most positive interaction as possible.

We want to ensure that victims of domestic violence are not re-victimized in the process of sharing custody and visitation with their children.

Y-Empowerment’s aim is to ensure that children are always safe and clear from any of their parent's Turmoil and animosity that they may have previously experienced in the presence of both of their parents. The mental safety and the physical safety of children during these trying times must be protected and that is our number one goal.

We know that there are numerous issues that keep families from succeeding. We want to make sure that we are providing as many resources to these families so that they can succeed in the next step in the reunification of their family and the betterment of themselves.

In terms of accessibility for all, we aim to successfully launch our mobile classroom across Kern county to underserved areas and offer free sexual assault and, Domestic Violence prevention classes and Sexual abuse prevention training, assistance in filling our domestic violence restraining orders as well as feeding and clothing homeless individuals. We will also offer Parenting and Anger Management Classes as needed.

We want to provide youth with outlets to communicate their feelings and issues that they are facing on the homefront. We want to match them with like-minded people to better help them understand what they are going through with their emotions and what they can do to keep themselves safe.

From the beginning, we have joined forces with the Kern County courts to ensure that all children are safe during their visitations and exchanges with their parents.

With Supervised Visitations and Exchanges, we have been committed to being the only on-site supervisor at the Visitation and Exchange center in Kern County since 2011.

We offer income-based services for families to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to have access to their children in a safe environment.

We understood that parents needed more resources than just supervising visitation in order to help with the reunification process. We expanded our services to include Adult self-help classes such as anger management and parenting classes. Most parents need that extra help in order to successfully reunify with their children outside of supervised visitations.

Upon conducting supervised visitations and talking to multiple parents, we understood that sexual abuse prevention was something that was desperately needed in our community. We teach voluntary sexual abuse prevention to our parents and any other community organization or caregiver that wants to learn the best practices to prevent sexual abuse against children. Also, it helps in understanding the signs that may identify sexual abuse so we can recognize any children within our community who may be experiencing this horrible epidemic.

With the challenge of barriers, we have implemented our mobile classroom. With this classroom, we are giving individuals and families the opportunity to have unrestricted access to necessary educational classes that will empower them to protect themselves, help others and build a safer community.

Y-Empowerment has a fully developed staff who has been trained in supervised visitation by the State of California Courts, parenting classes, anger management classes, and sexual abuse prevention classes. Our staff generally ranges between eight and 13 employees.

We have a secure 3200 sq foot space facility where we can conduct multiple visitations. We also provide offsite visitations to families who are transitioning out of supervising visitations and want to explore visitations at homes or more common settings to help with the implementation of unmonitored visits. We have a dedicated room for our parenting and anger management classes as well as our sexual abuse training.

Knowing that not all people who are needing to do classes can come directly to our facility, we have implemented multiple online pieces of training that can be conducted at different times during the day to suit the needs of parents needing parenting classes or anger management classes.

With very specifically trained family advocates, we have been able to build a unique training program that will benefit our entire community.

Since opening in 2011, Y-Empowerment has served over 8000 individuals in Kern County.

With supervised visitations alone, we have been the leading providers for services through the Kern County Courts and the Kern County Department of Human Services for outside providers.

We have continued to come up with the most innovative ways to support families in their process of reunification and the changes that they are going through with their family dynamic.

We have become a port for various other courts as a way of exchanging children from county to county as well as a midpoint for parents who live in different counties as a meet-up location to do their supervised visitations.

In 2021, we were able to launch our mobile classroom, conduct our first virtual/physical fundraiser and awareness campaign to bring awareness of child abuse; Called The Walk. Our CBO walked across the United States from San Francisco to New York all to raise funds for our Walk Mentoring Youth Program and build our safehouse and camp.

Financials

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Y-Empowerment Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Nila Hogan

Y-Empowerment

Term: 2011 -

Robert Lee Schrader

CBO

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/17/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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