Meet Our Alum

We are proud to highlight here some of the Evoluer House Program Graduates since the mission was founded in 2004. Sixteen 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."

Villanova University Class of 2019 and 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."

New York University Class of 2024

Jennielee

“In 2018, I had the opportunity to be part of this beautiful summer program. I learned to be confident, to be strong, and to develop skills that I never imagined I had. I came from Puerto Rico at the age of 13 because of hurricane Maria. I didn’t know the language, culture, or people in the United States; and that just made me anxious. However, at the Evoluer program graduation, I earned the Power Girl Award and Class Representative Award; which I couldn’t believe. One year later, my Workforce Development instructor (Ms. Eva Blackwell), and the Executive Director (Ms. Cheryl Wadlington) gave me the opportunity to be part of the staff as an instructor assistant. Not being a student made me see through the souls of each one of the girls. I could see how bad they wanted to have freedom to express themselves; and they were just in the right place! This whole journey made me realize the value of my voice and how many wonderful things I would be able to do in this world. I feel blessed that my mom found Evoluer House. It literally made me feel at home. I truly recommend it for all the Black, Brown, Latina, Asian, White, and any kind of girls out there.”

Asiyah

"The Evoluer House is truly groundbreaking in the work that it does. I graduated from the Evoluer House five years ago and still value the lessons and experiences I had during the summer I was involved with the organization. The Evoluer House engages with the community in a way unlike other local organizations and works to provide safe spaces, sisterhood, and community to underrepresented black girls in urban environments. With workshops on professionalism, self-love and self-care, building your brand, how to be the best version of self, and so many more, the Evoluer House works to strengthen and give young girls of color important life skills needed to succeed. The Evoluer House is an organization that I will definitely continue to support and hope others begin to do the same. Thank you for my amazing experience!"

Goerge Washington University Class of 2024

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."

Drexel University Class of 2022

Cierra

"Being a part of the Evoluer program was one of the best choices that has been made on my behalf. I was taught so many things such as character development, how to be a lady, and to be social. Being around so many different but wonderful personalities made me want to be open and actually meet new people. As a result, I met many lifelong friends. I also learned the art of networking and how to go after my dreams and keep moving forward no matter what’s happening in my life. I learned how to be comfortable and confident in my own skin. Now I love myself unconditionally, and am excited about attending Alabama State University next year to be around other strong individuals who look like me."

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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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