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Empowerment Squared

Based in Hamilton, Empowerment Squared is a Canadian charity that works with youth and communities to effect sustainable change through education, social development, and lifelong learning opportunities. We aim to empower less privileged communities through academic mentoring for youth and young adults, leadership development, and supervised access to sports and recreation opportunities. We believe that lasting community change must come from within, and that real help means giving people the knowledge and tools to help themselves.


This year, Empowerment Squared is supporting over 200 youth ranging from grades two to twelve. marking an increase in program participation by over 50% over the previous year. Led by dedicated staff, volunteers, and a committed board of directors, the organization engages a diverse group of youth new to Canada from countries including Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, China, Liberia, and Yemen. Empowerment Squared has been proud to partner with organizations like the Hamilton Community Foundation, ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Immigrant Workers Centre, Volunteer Hamilton, McMaster University, Laidlaw Foundation, Industry Education Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and others.

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