Youth Programs


Leadership & Empowerment Institute for Girls and Young Women


The Leadership & Empowerment Institute for Girls and Young Women (LEI) provides risk reduction and leadership programing targeted towards at-risk female youth.  Housed within LEI are two separate programs:

Academy of Dreams

Girls on the Rise


The primary outcomes of the Academy of Dreams are:

  1. Increase high school graduation rates
  2. Increase knowledge and exposure to future professional and academic options
  3.  Reduce teen pregnancy rates, and
  4.  Increase understanding of healthy relationships.

The program encourages healthy lifestyles through the development of self-awareness, confidence-building, community service, and activities that empower young women and promote leadership skills.  We partner with local schools and transitional housing projects to ensure that our programs exist in the communities with the greatest needs.

LEI’s second program, Girls on the Rise offers high school aged young women of color from the South Sacramento region the opportunity to become advocates for change.  The program is unique as the program is youth-driven and centered on health advocacy, specifically in South Sacramento and recognizes the importance of nurturing Sacramento’s young female leaders as they begin to understand their own power in creating positive change through community engagement and advocacy.

For more information or to register your daughter please contact:

Katie Keeler
Program Manager
(916) 558-4812