Strong Girls, Powerful Leaders

With increased sexism, racism and xenophobia, there has never been a greater time to empower young, East African girls living in South Seattle.

Strong Girls, Powerful Leaders is a strategic component of EACS' youth mentorship and empowerment programming. It emerged from the real needs of girls themselves. Consequently, it is for girls, by girls and women mentors. Girls will meet monthly with mentors for discussion groups, one-on-one mentorship and group learning.

Self-Esteem & Confidence Building

To positively increase girls socio-emotional well-being (including mental health) and social confidence, Strong Girls, Powerful Leaders works to counter anti-woman, racist, and xenophobic elements of culture. Ultimately, we aim to empower our girls to achieve their dreams.

Relationship-building, Mentorship and Community

Healthy, supported, empowered and mentored girls become formidable and accomplished women. Strong Girls, Powerful Leaders works at the intersection of gender, equity, racial justice, mental health, and positive psychology.

Support Strong Girls, Powerful Leaders

We are actively looking for East African women volunteers. To volunteer or for more information about Strong Girls, Powerful Leaders, please contact:

Lona Medhane, Education Programs Manager at (206) 331-6864 or click to contact via email..

Mentorship Registration Options

  • Strong Girls Powerful Leaders is recruiting  young women and girls ages 13 to 21
  • We are also recruiting accomplished, compassionate and committed women mentors.


Thank you for your interest in being a part of our first ever Strong Girls Powerful Leaders Mentoring Program! As a mentor, not only will you have the opportunity to share with students the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but also to witness first-hand the impact that you have on the lives of the girls that you mentor. As a part of this vision, you are helping your mentee to discover for themselves how they have the power to change the world.

Mentors are more than just guides who assist students in their journey of life. They are role-models from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. They lead by example, help to manage the project at hand, and are always proud of their mentee’s accomplishments, big and small. Mentoring a Strong Girl Powerful Leaders youth is a rewarding experience for mentors and students alike. It is our deepest wish that you feel just as inspired as the students you meet this season.

To become a Strong Girls Powerful Leaders Participant or Mentor, click this link . If you have any questions, please contact Lona Medhane,


Thank you for your interest in the Strong Girls Powerful Leaders Mentoring Program! A mentee is a dedicated student who seeks to grow personally, develop professionally, and successfully reach their goals with the support of their mentor.

During the matching process we gave careful consideration to the desired career matchup, willingness to commit to the program, and strong performance contributions. Our goal is that a relationship of guidance and mutual learning will result from these connections between mentors and mentees. This Mentoring Program is certain to be a rewarding experience. We look forward to your participation in the Strong Girls Powerful Leaders Mentoring Program. To become a Strong Girls Powerful Leaders Mentee, click this link and complete the Mentee Application.