Female Empowerment Program

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Program Name:
Female Empowerment Program
Grant Type:
General Community
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Established in 1994, Communities in Schools aims to reduce violence, prevent school dropouts, and promote the development of at-risk children and young adults. Founder William ‘Blinky’ Rodriguez negotiated a peace treaty signed by more than 75 valley gangs. Programs include violence prevention, gang intervention, case management, community empowerment, educational services, job development, parenting skills and mental health.


The Female Empowerment Program provides gang-oriented/affiliated teenage girls with case management and mentoring to promote their self-discovery and to empower and redirect them toward safe alternatives.

This grant will strengthen, enhance and promote our current Female Empowerment Program grant that CIS currently has with the City of Los Angeles’s Community Development Department.  With the addition of The Foundation’s grant, FEP will be able to serve an additional 15 clients, for a total of 55 young women over the next year.

William 'Blinky' Rodriguez
Executive Director, Communities in Schools