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Youth Empowerment Group

Our nonprofit mission:

To promote mental health, equality, safety, healthy relationships, and school success in all youth by creating and implementing life-skill education programs.

We are an independent group of volunteer professionals in mental health, education, and medicine united by passion for helping youth achieve equality, strength, and success starting with our PowerUp Girls for Life program for 5th and 6th grade girls. After incorporating in Colorado as the Youth Empowerment Group in 2018, achieving IRS 501(c)3 status, and obtaining grant awards, we will expand our team with male professionals and develop equally important life-skill education for boys.


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LAURIE BERDAHL, MD

President, Board member, Program Coordinator

Retired obstetrics and gynecology physician, author, blogger, speaker on adolescent wellness & parenting

Co-author of the book, WARNING SIGNS: How to Protect Your Kids from Becoming Victims or Perpetrators of Violence and Aggression

Psychology Today blog

Greeley, CO


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JENNIFER GRAY, PHD

Officer, Secretary, Program Coordinator

Licensed Child Psychologist in private practice

Specializing in life-skill building for preadolescent and adolescent girls and supporting parents

PhD, School Psychology

Fort Collins, CO


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MEG SPENCER, MA

Board of Directors, Program Coordinator

Faculty Coach, Aims Community College

MA, English

Greeley, CO


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AMIE CIEMINSKI, ED.D, MA

Officer, Treasurer, Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO


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Amy McFarland, MS

Board of Directors

Faculty Chair, Agricultural Sciences and Technology Department

Aims Community College, Fort Lupton Campus

MS, Management Practice, Colorado State University

BA, Journalism and Business Administration

Former Adams County 4-H agent


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SHERRI DENNSTEDT, MA

Board of Directors, Program Coordinator

STEM Science Instructional Coach at Cherry Creek School District

MA, Education: Leadership for Innovation and Change

MA, Interdisciplinary Studies for Secondary Science Teachers

Denver, CO


LAISSA PRATI, PHD, MA

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Program Coordinator, Latina Cultural Advisory Committee Chair

Licensed, multilingual (including Spanish) Psychologist in private practice

Experienced researcher, university professor, and adolescent girls program developer 

MA, Social and Institutional Psychology

PhD, Psychology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Fort Collins, CO


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SARAH JOHNSON, MA, EDS

Program Advisor

Vice-Principal, Grandview Elementary School

MA, School Counseling

Windsor, CO

 


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MARY KURTZ, MA

Program Advisor

MA, Counseling Psychology

MA, Special Education

Steamboat Springs, CO