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EMPOWERMENT ESSENCE INC

One Life Saved Is One Life Given

Riverdale, MD   |  https://www.empowermentessence.org/

Mission

Our mission is to eradicate suicide and bullying for youth and young adults. We accomplish this through educational workshops surrounding all aspects of mental health. We provide community trainings, awareness campaigns, counseling referral services, mentoring-life skills programs, partnerships, resources, and referrals to other mental and behavioral health organizations-facilities.

Notes from the nonprofit

There are multiple signs a individual may be contemplating suicide. While all cases are different there are both verbal and no verbal signs one should be aware of. What seems to be at times a single event may be the overwhelming” final straw” for many. No one event should be overlooked or ignored in one’s life. Ongoing stressful situations, depression or hopelessness may also contribute to one wanting to end their pain. Listen to the silent cries. Here are a few signs and please be advised that these signs do not represent all factors of an individual contemplating suicide: Change in behavior or acting differently than normal Talking about go away or wanting to die. Some may say I want to kill myself (Don’t take it lightly) Researching ways to harm oneself (online, through movies etc.) Looking for medicines not needed Saying they no longer have a reason to live or feel hopeless Talk about feeling trapped in an unbearable pain Talk about being a burden to family, friends or others Incr

Ruling year info

2014

Founding President | Executive Director

Dr. Shenetta Malkia-Sapp h.c.

Main address

6801 Kenilworth Ave Suite 300

Riverdale, MD 20737 USA

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EIN

47-2161125

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem we aim to solve is suicide and bullying among our youth and young adults. As a critical next step in the healthy development of our youths and young adults' mental health, we provide comprehensive and effective suicide prevention, suicide intervention, anti-bully prevention, anti-bullying, intervention and early intervention services and programs for youth and young adults.

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?

Bully Free Beautiful Me ®

The Bully Free Beautiful Me ® Initiative is purposed after the vision of Empowerment Essence.
Saving and empowering the lives of our youth through education, motivation, support, LOVE and opportunity. Thus reducing the bulling rates and suicide rates among our youth and young adults. Life Matters, You Matter, Others Matter is what all will remember.

The intent of BFBM #QueensEmpowerQueens is two-fold. It will first bring greater awareness in the area of bullying and suicides increasing in our communities. BFBM also provides resources and avenues for help. Second it will EMPOWER all attendees to help another in need, never stop dreaming, living or reaching your goals. For they CAN with our support.

Engaging youth and allowing them to help
save the life of another from the horrific effects of BULLYING.
#BULLYBUSTERS #QUEENSRISE #LIFEMATTERS #BFBM #BULLYLESS

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults
Adolescent girls
Lesbians
Preteens

Where we work

Awards

Community Service Of The Year 2019

VKN Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

LivingWorks 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1. The Why Series: Mental Health what does that mean for Men, Women and Youth (Suicide Prevention) 2. Bully Free Beautiful Me 3. Crown Check 1.2.1.2 4. Kings with Purpose

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bully Free Beautiful Me ®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total Registered

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bully Free Beautiful Me ®

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students receiving personal instruction and feedback about their performance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bully Free Beautiful Me ®

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of program registered participants

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

registered participants

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

website visits

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of participants who would recommend program to others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

total referrals for the year

Number of reported bullying incidents

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Bully Free Beautiful Me ®

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of Bullying incidents report to Empowerment Essence

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Trained for Suicide Prevention/ Intervention

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our Goals
1. Further development of a support system with mentoring, training, workshops, PSAs, Camps and technical assistance can serve as a model for how to disseminate evidence-based suicide prevention, evidence-based bullying, harassment and intimidation prevention including intervention programs, with a focus on reaching high-risk populations.

2) Connecting youth, young adults, their families, and other critical stakeholders in a multidisciplinary network to advance outreach and prevention efforts relating to suicide and bullying while helping individuals and families rebuild their mental wellness and lives.

3) Address disparities in identification, service access and care provision by embedding suicide prevention, bullying, harassment and intimidation prevention and follow-up within schools/universities/colleges and community.
4) Zero suicide and bullying communities

We together can reach the greatest number of youth, increase continuity of care, and promote safe, healthy empowered lives for our youth and young adults. Thus, creating a brighter future, less self-inflicted harm and greater educational sustainability for our youth and young adults.

Empowerment Essence will increase the number of individuals (e.g., public school staff, college and university staff, juvenile services, and youth peers including family members) trained to identify and refer youth ages 10-24 at risk for suicide, bullying, harassment, and intimidation; thus, increasing the number of youth identified at risk who access and follow through with quality behavioral health services.

Appropriate and efficient referral and connection to local ED, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health resources will be promoted based on an innovative training, mentoring, counseling and housing for recovery.

Empowerment Essence host trainings, mentorships programs, counseling services (future, currently referring), group support meeting, webinars, suicide prevention- intervention trainings with resources, and bullying-harassment-intimidation trainings with resources. This involves partnerships with youth and family advocacy organizations, schools, colleges/universities, and other organizations working with our youth and young adults.

safeTalk Certified Trainer
ASSIST Certified Trainer
Founding President & Executive Director is a Survivor of Suicide
Partnerships with counselors I.E. betterhelp.com and the Black Mental health Workshop
Partnership with local schools and organizations
Volunteers to help programs and services
a passion to help our youth live and not die by suicide

To date we have held over 15 workshops and conferences reaching over 2K. We have trained more than 50 persons in the area of suicide and anti-bullying. We have helped over 100 youth regain their confidence and mental wellness through programs and services. We have help over 50 families restart their lives through housing counseling services and referral services to other programs.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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EMPOWERMENT ESSENCE INC

Board of directors
as of 10/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Angela Green

Empowerment Essence Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2023

Diamond Maybin

Empowerment Essence

Carol Broadman-Scruse

Empowerment Essence Inc.

Temika Maybin

Empowerment Essence Inc.

Tracy Penn

Empowerment Essence Inc.

Dr. Shenetta Malkia-Sapp h.c.

Empowerment Essence Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/13/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/13/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.