Transformation Banquet is Postponed until Saturday January 21st

2017 Girls

Alysh Marshall.

My name is Alysh Marshall. I am in the 11th grade. I joined the Empowerment Program because I want to meet new people and discover new things. I look forward to doing outdoor events that are fun. A fun fact about myself is that I am creative and colorful. I plan to go to college, after I graduate high school, and become a Neonatal Nurse. I will already have my CNA’s for nursing school.

Eshani Baral

My name is Eshani Baral. I am 15 years old. I am a sophomore at Parkside High School. I want to do activities with other kids. I hope to learn new things. I look forward to the ropes course and outdoor events. A fun fact about myself is that I am left-handed but do most things with my right hand. For my future, I want to be a doctor and specialize in pediatrics.

Fiona Benn

My name is Fiona Benn. I am in the 9th grade at James M. Bennett High School. I am always looking for ways to impact the community in a positive way so this program seemed like the perfect opportunity. I’m looking forward to spending time with other girls in the program and becoming friends.  


I really enjoy writing, whether it’s poetry or stories. I love to sing, my dream job! especially when it is songs that I have written. After high school, I hope to be a journalist. I enjoy writing and learning all new things so it’s pretty much

Kinza Pervaiz

My name is Kinza Pervaiz. I am 15 years old and I am a sophomore at Parkside High School. I wanted to join the Empowerment Program because it requires commitment and seemed fun too. I also wanted to acquire community service hours. I am looking forward to working with…  

others and accomplish services like helping other people. I have lived in New York City for about 12 years and I don’t like living in the country area. My plans after high school are to go to college and medical school. I want to be an orthodontist.

Sarah Switalski

My name is Sarah Switalski and I go to Pocomoke High School. I am in tenth grade there and one day want to become a veterinarian! I really enjoy drawing and I joined the program because my friend Michaela recommended it to me. I am most looking forward to getting to know the other girls in the group and making new friends!

Eliana Twilley

My name is Eliana Twilley. I am in the 9th grade and a Wor-Wic Community College student. I joined One Year to Empowerment to learn valuable life skills and build healthy relationships. I look forward to working with fellow girls in the program as well as the program staff. 

I am excited to see what we can accomplish together! A fun fact about myself is that I love music and art. I enjoy singing, songwriting, and composing. A dream of mine is to open my own recording studio and become a producer and owner of a record label. I aim to make the music industry focused more on the talent and not the person. I also hope to make the music field available to today’s youth.

Makenzie Bryant

My name is Makenzie Bryant. I am in the 9th grade at James M. Bennett High School. I joined One Year to Empowerment because I heard about how they help the community and people in need. I enjoy helping for a good cause. I am looking forward to helping others and learning new things about myself. A fun fact about myself is that my favorite thing to do is going to the beach. After high school, I want to go to college for acting or to be a comedian.

Ashley Harmon

My name is Ashley Harmon. I am in the 9th grade at James M. Bennett High School. I joined the Empowerment Program because I want to increase my self-esteem, so my mom found this program for me. I also wanted to find a way to get out of the house. I look forward to having fun. A fun fact about me is that when I grow up I want to sing or work with pets. A weird fact about me is that I like to smell matches.

Ciara McAllister

My name is Ciara McAllister. I am in the 9th grade at Stephen Decatur High School. I joined this program because I need volunteer hours and I want to help our community. I also want to make new friends. I am looking forward to meeting new people and helping our community. I have three siblings and a dog. My plans after high school are to go to Wor-Wic Community College for two years and then get into a nice college in New York.

Kalifa Warren

My name is Kalifa Warren. I am in the 11th grade at North Dorchester High School. I joined the program because I wanted to learn and experience new skills and activities. I am looking forward to creating new friendships. I’m excited for the many activities that we have planned. A fun fact about is that I play the tenor saxophone and I hope to travel the world. When I grow up, I may be a dermatologist or a translator. I’m not sure that I want to go to college.

1 Year To Empowerment

Is a year-long program designed to enable teenage girls on the Eastern Shore to make healthy choices, trusting friendships, and attainable goals. Developed by Dr. Samantha Scott and Dr. Adeline Tryon, psychologists at The Child & Family Center, promotes empowerment through 12 activities (one per month) that target mental
and physical wellness and teach valuable skills to live healthy, balanced lives. Engagement in the program will include acceptance, commitment, perseverance & empowerment via dedication to the program and teamwork to ensure its success as well as multiple volunteering activities within the community

Lynn Matava.

A demonstration on how to make healthy and tasty foods while learning the benefits of a healthy diet, all thanks to Lynn Matava.  After lunch, We were taught how to be proactive about our health

United Way's Natalie Costello!

The girls began the day with an energizing yoga class, by United Way’s Natalie Costello!

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News and Events

Expansion Campaign

We have just begun an Expansion Campaign to secure funds for our growth in Wicomico and surrounding counties. If you or your company are interested in hearing how you can help with this effort, please contact Dr. Scott via email.

Application Deadline

Each fall, teenage girls in high school can apply to be in our program. Applications will be available in September 2016 with orientation meetings planned for October, November and December. Once selected, the program year runs from January thru December. If you are...

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