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Make a Difference with Empowerment Squared

mac-chapterEmpowerment Squared is a charitable organization  founded by Lee Johnson at McMaster University in 2007. As a Liberian refugee himself, Leo has been very committed to empowering youth and individuals, particularly within immigrant, refugee, and other underprivileged communities.

Leo came on the morningfile today to talk about the work that Empowerment Squared has been doing in Hamilton to empower youth to become community leaders through resourcefulness, compassion, and a belief in the power of diversity.

The organization is committed to local engagement and global citizenship, which is exemplified through their various initiatives and projects.

This month, Empowerment Squared is focused on two main initiatives:

100 For 100 Campaign
Empowerment Squared is looking for 100 community members to donate $100 each in support of their local youth programs. Each donation will have a direct impact one the lives of Hamilton’s less privileged youth through academic mentoring and tutoring, leadership development, and sports and recreation.

Ela-Bhatt_courtesy-of-Ela-Bhatt_360pxAn Evening with Ela Bhatt
In addition to eating a tasty dinner at the Hamilton Club, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the ‘gentle revolutionary’, Ela Bhatt herself, as she talks about her work in organizing and building institutions and cooperatives of the rural poor. To compliment her keynote talk, there will be a presentation on the development of the Liberian Learning Center.

To buy tickets for the event on Wednesday, June 24 (6:00 pm) at the Hamilton Club, or to find out more about it, email To find out more about Empowerment Squared itself and how to become a volunteer for the organization, you can visit their website. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

If you want to hear from Leo Johnson himself, click on the link below to hear his interview with Ingie Metwally.


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