We connect women with resources, tools and each other, to support and encourage their personal and professional growth.
The Founder’s WHY
As the founder and CEO of Find Your Power, I do this work because it gives me a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and hope. I do this work because of my past and my experiences with a woman who did not ‘find her power’. I was raised by a single mother, who was a functioning alcoholic, and settled for abusive men. When I was 9 years old, I put myself in between my mother and her abuser in an attempt to make the beating stop. When I was 13 years old I was raped by my stepdad, and only because of the great support of Ramsey County Human Services I was able to testify against him, resulting in him being imprisoned. I do this work to be an example to others, to show myself that it can be done, and to prove to myself and others that I am worthy and capable and smart enough. If I can find my power, any woman can, and I have dedicated my life to help make that happen.
The Founder’s VISION
I do this work because I dream of a better world – where any woman or girl that wants to go to school can. Where women don’t have to fear for their safety, ask permission, or get married, if they don’t want to. Where women can focus on getting an education, being healthy and well, or anything else they want, rather than getting their most basic needs met. Where women and girls everywhere are allowed to think in possibility and to reach their full potential.
Freedom of Choice/Agency
Every woman regardless of race, age, education, religion, sexual orientation,
or ability, should be free to choose whether she is educated, married, or has
children. She should be able to choose her livelihood, financially support
herself and her family, own property, and have the luxury of living a life of
Breaking the Cycle of Abuse
Find Your Power is committed to exploring and confronting the other threats women face. According to the World Health Organization, almost one third of women worldwide have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their partner at some point in their lives. These experiences don’t occur in a vacuum, they’re a part of larger cycles. We at FYP gear our efforts towards women in hopes of breaking the cycles that perpetuate women being segregated into lower paying occupations, bearing the costs of raising children, and the domestic and sexual violence that pushes women into poverty.
Access to Information
Many of us take for granted the power of independence. Throughout childhood, into adolescence, adulthood, and beyond, people are in pursuit of independence; however, many are deprived of independence and self-agency for reasons beyond their control. Women are among those in this world who face the most societal and systemic hurdles; primary among these hurdles is access to information. Information plays a vital role in exercising rights, developing political consciousness, and enabling personal independence. Access to information is a fundamental right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Over 90 countries claim a statutory right to information but many of them limit the access and full enjoyment of this right to half of their population.
The scarcity of accessibility to basic resources and information via the internet, especially for women in developing countries, creates an overall lack of agency (which leads to dependence, financially and otherwise). Conflated by an intimidation of technology, especially in older generations, women are kept outside of technological circles. These women are unable to discover basic resources such as local job searches, online education, and how and where to find more markets for their products and services that help them gain financial independence and freedom from societal chains. Find Your Power is determined to ensure the equity of access to information. Through the promotion of digital inclusion and creating educated, digitally literate individuals, communities can be empowered. We believe connecting women and encouraging the sharing of resources can help bridge the gap within our community.