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Our Mission: To prevent human trafficking by mentoring vulnerable youth to create a life of Freedom, Dignity, and Purpose.

In Haiti, kids age out of the adoption process at 16 years old. Without guidance and training these youth are often unprepared for life on their own, putting them at an increased risk of being vulnerable to human trafficking. Our Transition Program is designed to help the youth prepare to leave the orphanage. We’ve identified 5 areas of focus that are crucial in setting these kids up for success in creating a future free from exploitation.


The 5 Pillars of our Transition Program:



All the youth in our program are currently attending school. Your donations allow us to also include mentoring in Life Skills, Vocational Training, and Entrepreneurial Projects which will help them to provide for themselves when they leave the orphanage. This type of education is like opening a door and showing them what else is possible for their lives!


a trusted counselor or guide: Each youth is matched with a mentor from their own community who is dedicated to their success. They meet weekly to track personal goals, make commitments, and report back on individual progress within the program. Each mentored child then turns around and mentors a younger child. Because we only hire Haitian mentors for our program the impact of your donation not only ripples through the lives of the youth in transition and the younger kids they mentor but through the families and lives of the mentors themselves.


Through this program the youth have opportunities to lead out regularly in projects they have identified in the orphanage and community. Being able to see a problem and work to create a solution empowers these youth to see that they are capable of making a difference. This also helps them to recognize and develop strengths, gain confidence, and know that they each have something to offer.  


Every youth in our program is asked to take on a stewardship in the orphanage. Helping with meal preparation, baking, gardening, caring for livestock, and keeping the grounds, helps the youth to learn valuable life skills while also providing an opportunity to serve where they live. ​They are also encouraged to find a service opportunity within their realm and to think outside of themselves. Part of this happens within the mentoring program itself. As the youth are mentored by an adult mentor each then turns around and serves as a mentor to a younger child in the orphanage. By giving their time, energy, and talents, they help build everyone in the home.


Our goal is for the youth to have a clear understanding of their choice in responding to the events in their lives. Occasionally, Guest Mentors from the community will share their experiences through inspiring stories and examples of personal growth in their own lives. This is vital for the youth to see other role models from their own culture that have been able to successfully navigate difficult challenges. When the youth understand that they too can break through barriers that would typically impede their future, they begin to see that they can be successful, no matter their circumstance.

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Empowering the One is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit recognized by the IRS, all donations to Empowering the One are tax-deductible in accordance with IRS regulations.

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