Founded in 2002 and incorporated in 2003 by executive director Elexia Coleman-Moss, Empowerment Resources Inc. (ERI) is a private 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Jacksonville, Florida. Upon moving to the community in 2001, Coleman-Moss recognized the need for gender relevant programming for at-risk girls in the city. After learning about the issues girls face locally and enlisting community support, Coleman-Moss started a pilot “rites-of-passage” program called Journey Into Womanhood. In 2014, Journey Into Womanhood (JIW) celebrated its 10th anniversary and it is ERI’s flagship program.
In 2006, ERI expanded its programs to include Life Skills Workshops and Parenting Education Seminars that are offered in schools, churches, recreational facilities, and other spaces where community members congregate. This service refinement allows ERI to “meet people where they are”, a concept critical to building trust and engendering compliance. Both the Life Skills Workshops and Parenting Education Seminars benefit youth, and their families throughout Northeast Florida by:
- Promoting leadership development,
- Improving academic performance,
- Increasing self-esteem,
- Deterring crime and violent activity, and
- Exposing participants to other community resources.
OUR MISSION is to make children and families stronger and empower them to be successful leaders in the community today, for a better tomorrow.
OUR VISION to create wholesome and self-sufficient families that are equipped with knowledge and skills to lead quality and productive lives.
- Interdependence ERI seeks to build mutually rewarding relationships with organizations and individuals with aligned principles
- Information Sharing ERI exposes participants to resources and expertise to improve their self-efficacy
- Independence ERI promotes self-sufficiency by providing the knowledge and tools that lead to greater self-confidence and resourcefulness
- Individuals First ERI values the quality of interpersonal relationships rather than the quantity of persons served