Youth Empowerment Group

Our mission:

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

Formerly known as the Girls' Empowerment Group, we are an independent group of professional women united by passion for helping girls achieve equality, strength, and success. Recently incorporating in Colorado as the Youth Empowerment Group and achieving IRS 501(c)3 status, 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


AMIE CIEMINSKI, ED.D, MA

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Officer, Treasurer, Program Coordinator

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

University of Northern Colorado

Greeley, CO


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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


SARAH JOHNSON, MA, EDS

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Vice-Principal, Grandview Elementary School

MA, School Counseling

Windsor, CO

 


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MARY KURTZ, MA

MA, Counseling Psychology

MA, Special Education

Steamboat Springs, CO