Origins and Ethos
We are women first and moms second who became soul sisters when we discovered our shared passion for empowering child learners. Our names are Lisa and Melanie, parents on a mission to empower generations to come.
Circumstance brought us together for the first time when we each separately embarked on an adventure to become yoga instructors. On Day 1 of our 17-day intensive Yoga Teacher Training, we discovered we were roommates. By Day 2, our inner souls had connected and it became clear we were not just roommates, but soulmates. Why?
We were both corporate executives with our true passions pulling us towards children. Each of us felt dissatisfied with our current roles and wanted more.
I think we can all relate to a system of education that encouraged us to follow the “right path.” Be a good student, find the job that will make you the money, support your needs and that of your family…
Many of us want to check all the boxes, only to discover we’ve satisfied someone else’s definition of success. It was time for us to make a change.
Melanie’s true passion focused on the tween/teen years – wanting to help empower them by raising their self-confidence and resiliency. She believed it was critical for them to explore topics such as mindfulness, sexual health, and self-empowerment.
Lisa had visions of improving the education experience for kids. Through raising two boys who already hated school at ages 5 and 7, Lisa started to develop a passion for and a set of beliefs around strengths-based parenting and education. She dove into the research on child-driven and real-life learning experiences that help kids develop their individual strengths, and independent thinking skills.
As we pooled our ideas together, we came to realize that these were really two sides of the same coin – one unable to exist without the other. Each aspect matters when empowering kids with the strength, confidence and resilience to thrive in the 21st century. Thus, Empowered 4 Growth was born.