Girls Empowering Minds

Girls Empowering Minds (GEM) is an empowerment forum for young women operated in our local communities.  Each GEM session features a female guest speaker sharing their powerful story of perseverance and courage.  These volunteer speakers inspire and encourage participants to conquer any hurdle they encounter by honestly sharing their own personal stories of struggle and eventual triumph, and by encouraging supportive and candid dialogue between the program participants.  From gang affiliation to domestic violence, GEM sessions address the myriad of challenging realities facing today’s young women in a safe and supportive setting designed to bring healing and change to its participants. 

If you are interested in hosting a GEM session, please contact Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Essenwanger at

Tour of Nickelodeon Studios with Animator

Hike in Chino Hills

Beach Day in Laguna

Three Force of Four Mentees received the Jamil Dada Award and Scholarship in 2018

The Pop Up Shop.  The Pop Up Shop (which appears to be the only project of its kind in the nation) was created to motivate at-risk students to succeed in school.  To do this, students were given “pseudo” dollars when they earned credits toward graduation, improved their attendance, or improved their behavior on campus. They students spent their pseudo dollars on a vast array of merchandise available in the school gym that was converted into a virtual department store.  To stock the Pop Up Shop, CPU collected over $150,000 dollars’ worth of merchandise from approximately 800 donors from throughout California and as far away as New York and Connecticut. This first time project was a resounding success.  As a result of this two day event, participating schools reported improvement in school behavior, attendance, and a staggering 500% increase in the graduation rate.



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