Meet Our Alum

We are proud to highlight here some of the Evoluer House Program Graduates since the mission was founded in 2004. Fifteen years later, we are inspired by what they had to share about how Evoluer House has impacted their lives.

Jamilah

"'I am strong. I am confident. I am beautiful.'

 

To say those words is one thing, to believe them is another. True to its name, the Evoluer House has helped me evolve. It shaped me into a stronger student, a more efficient networker, and a humble yet confident young woman. I graduated from the Evoluer House with more than a new skill set, but a new mindset as well. As a graduate of Villanova University with a major in global studies and Arab and Islamic interdisciplinary studies, the tools and values Evoluer has instilled in me have only grown more apparent. And I am grateful to have been, and still be, an Evoluer Girl, as well as a 2019 Fulbright scholar."

Adina

"The Evoluer Program entered my life the summer before I began high school. Prior to becoming an Evoluer girl, I had refrained from acknowledging my abilities. I knew I was smart, but I would never say I was smart. I had a constant fear of coming across as arrogant. What I didn't know then was that knowing and expressing my worth is not equivalent to boasting. Through the program and my peers, I learned to empower and know myself. Now I seek to uplift myself and others to recognize all that we are capable of."

Lynette

"The term Evoluer in itself brought a lot to mind when I first heard of it. I thought to myself, “Does this mean that when I do get to attend this prestigious program that I will change?” My thoughts were made a reality when after eight weeks of this program, I had gained more confidence in myself, learned how to behave in an official or executive environment, and I was able to accept that black is beautiful and become more comfortable as a girl of color. Meeting people with diverse careers choices also had great impact on me. It made me ascertain what career path I want to follow. I am now pursuing my Bachelors of Science degree in business administration with a major in human resource management."

Faith

"Being an Evoluer Girl has really made a big change in my life. It helped me deal with some of my emotional challenges and to love myself for who I am. It has taught me how to do my best in everything I do and to land my dream job.

 

After attending the Evoluer House Workforce Development Program, I was able to obtain employment as a Teen Library Assistant at the local library where I assist children in grades K-12 with homework help, research and literacy projects. I wanted this job because I plan to attend Eastern University and major in Education. I think every teen girl should experience what I have experienced being a part of the Evoluer program. I'm very honored and proud to say that I am an Evoluer Girl!"

Janayjah

"The Evoluer House has given me a gift…a very cherished endowment, which is confidence. The Evoluer House has given me something that can’t be bought or learned in a $40,000 a year school. It starts within. And The Evoluer House has ignited the flame of having self-confidence. A type of confidence that doesn’t depend on my surroundings or who is surrounding me. And I will never let that flame go dim.

 

I am excited to be attending Drexel University this fall to pursue my degree in civil engineering."

Charisma

“The Evoluer program is an opportunity of a lifetime and experience I will never forget. It not only increased my stamina and confidence, it also helped me to be mentally prepared for the steps I’m planning to take to achieve my academic and career goals. My dream is to own a global fashion line, and though that may sound impossible, the Evoluer program gave me reassurance that anything is possible, and that I will always be part of an unbreakable sisterhood of bold, beautiful, fierce, talented, smart and confident young ladies. That is what makes Evoluer House so special."

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The Evoluer House Founder was one of 10 women in the nation selected by the White House as a Champion of Change for her leadership and work in extracurricular enrichment for marginalized girls of color.  Read more

The Evoluer House was also recognized by Honorable Barack Obama, the 44th

President of the United States, for 11 years of service to young urban girls.  Read more

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