Who We Are

Inception and Purpose

Empower U Austin is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that trains and mentors new community leaders from historically under-represented areas. We also help connect these emerging leaders with others interested in their issues.   

Working in underserved, lower income communities that face displacement, gentrification, flooding,  poor health care access, and other chronic problems, we came to realize that there is a need in these areas to develop  strong local community leadership to effect change.  To develop these leaders, we are partnering with existing   community organizations that are committed to community empowerment in disadvantaged neighborhoods.  Together, we seek to recruit and develop emerging community leaders in disadvantaged areas to have a stronger voice by introducing leadership skills, strategies and tactics.  In addition, we are helping  these developing leaders to  identify and access possible mentorships, internships, and eventually job opportunities.

Empower U Austin! launched in January 2019. We are recruiting potential leaders and expect to start our first leadership class in May 2019. Our focus area will be the Eastern Crescent, which has proud , but historically underserved communities. Empower U Austin! offers these budding leaders the training, mentoring, networking, and opportunities to engage with issues of their choice. We also want to bring these emerging community leaders together with local groups  that share their interests. .