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Stories of Change

We connect global resources with local solutions so that young people can make bold, transformative changes in their lives, communities, and countries.

EMpower’s work stretches across the world, touching the lives of young people and communities in 15 emerging market countries. Young people’s voices and experiences shape all that we do.

Through the eyes of young people participating in programmes supported by EMpower, we can see their realities, personal growth, and leadership in making change happen. Through the stories of our grantee partners, we better understand their challenges, solutions, and contexts in which they work.

We are proud to share stories from young people and our partners that highlight the positive impact they are having in their communities and beyond. 

Meet some of the inspiring young people who have participated in EMpower-supported programmes in this video.

A Young Woman Looks Back at How Far She Has Come

In this reflection, Nhu-Hong shares her story of being a HIPE Coordinator—a testament to the potential of girls when they have the opportunity to lead.

Read Nhu's Story

Making History & Leading the Way

Meet Adebola: From winning an essay competition to founding Girls Matter Too and receiving the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Horizon Award. Adebola's journey with HACEY Health Initiative is a testament to the power of mentorship and empowerment.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Girl Power

Anchored in the principles of individual agency and collective action, the Adolescent Girls Learning Community nurtures and empowers girls as leaders in India.

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From the Rugby Field to the Classroom

How One Partner’s Learnings from the Community Guides its Approach.

Read UmRio's Story

From Gang Member to Police Officer

"I hope that one day I can pay back the people who have helped me, by helping other youth in return."

Read Ericson's Story

Pushing Boundaries in Rural Ghana

A young woman breaks gender barriers in farming and the new economy.

Read Hawa's Story

Championing Peace and Scaling Change in Rio de Janeiro

Alan Duarte shares his story and speaks about the motivation behind starting his own organisation called Abraço Campeão (Champion Embrace) in Rio de Janeiro.

Read Alan's Story

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