In Summer of 2013, emPOWER founder, Felix, attended summer classes. It was during this time that a speaker came to one of his classes. As the speaker talked about the importance of studying in college, the speaker ended his speech with these words. "I want all of you to close your eyes right now. Think of the experiences you have had in college. Now, I want those of you that feel like they belong in college to raise your hands up high!"
As Felix raised his hands, he felt the urge to see the answers of his peers. As his eyes slowly opened, what he saw forever changed his thought process. He saw friends that he knew so well with their hands down. He saw faces of despair, of sorrow, and of abandonment. He thought to himself, how could people feel like they do not belong?
When he saw this problem, he sought for a solution. That solution can be seen here with this organization. His mission (our mission) is to empower these students to feel like they belong on campus. He wants them to take the challenge to step outside their comfort zone, to feel like they belong, to raise their hands in acceptance, and lead lives of success.