Welcome to the Empowering Voices Blog!

It’s truly humbling that the organization has evolved to now ‘having a blog’. A blog! First and foremost I want to say that before this whole blog situation, no one could have told me that I would have a non-profit organization that started from a college class! Really? I remember Prof. Tschirhart telling us we had a choice to either do the final exam or a marketing plan for a non-profit, okay, so while most of the class with one exception my friend Joy Mutare (who subsequently started her non-profit the same time I did) did the final exam, the birth of both of our organizations took shape in that class. Read more »



Imagine Me Achieving Great Expectations, this is what the IMAGE Initiative stands for and it is also the mantra, or thought-process that this organization aspires to promote among young women of color in Syracuse and beyond. I first connected with the IMAGE Initiative during the Sisters Empowering Sisters Conference in the spring of 2006 when a close friend of mine invited me to participate as a volunteer. Once I realized the power and potential of such a needed organization in Syracuse I instantly knew that I wanted to become an integral part of Nicole Jones’ vision. It has been 4 years since my first encounter with IMAGE and I am now a member of the Board of Directors as well as a core member of the CHOICES workshop series, which was started in the fall of 2006. Read more »

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