Welcome to Empowerment Through Education
The Core of Our Work:
What we do:
Amy Carrier is a consultant to schools, businesses and families. She is a partnership adviser, visionary, speaker, writer and thought leader in the area of empowering youth through transition points, gaps and challenges in education. Together with a team of fellow activists, Amy is building a movement that levels the playing field for all youth through valuable real-life curriculum, hands on work experiences and new networks that bridge the gap between education and the world of work.
People come to us for:
Expert consulting, coaching and guidance in developing community-wide engagement and workforce readiness programs that prepare students for real life. We support schools, districts, businesses, universities, organizations, cities and educational leaders in planning and implementing tailored 21st century readiness education programs that deliver upon the Five Key Post-Secondary Preparations.
Contact us about leveling the playing field today.
August 2016 Updates:
- NEW: On letting students fail: "The Path to Wisdom is Paved with Mistakes"
- NEW: The heart of our work: Bridging The Opportunity Divide All Students Face through the Five Key Post-Secondary Preparations
- NEW: An important conversation about the role EVERY adult plays in preventing Childhood Trauma
- Featured: We can address racism through our schools. Read: "I Was Asked About Ferguson". We are all in this together.
- Published in SEEN Magazine: The full perspective - discussing "The Fallacy of the Career Pathway"
- Read: How Kids Lose in the Gender Wage Gap Issue: "The Implications of Pay Inequity: Our Kids Lose"
- Read: Most School-Business Partnerships Fail. Here Are 20 Free Tips From a Pro.
- Call to Action for All Adults: "Dear You, You Fabulous Grown-up, You"
- Watch: Amy's Keynote presentation at the NISCE Conference "Differentiation for Real Life"
- From the blog: "Parents: 5 Things Your Teen Desperately Needs From You But Can't Ask For"
- Did you read it? It's GO time: "We need to give Kids Permission to do These 10 Things"
- Read: From the blog: "The Case for Innovation in School Systems NOW"
- From the archives: 3 min. video highlighting how businesses can support student learning in school.
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Amy's mission and the mission of the Empowerment Through Education consultancy is to support businesses, nonprofits, universities and city government in deepening school-business partnerships to enable the delivery of “21st-century skills” learning opportunities to all students. By supporting schools in the development of tailored career and life skills readiness programs that reach students during the school day, we will effectively - and equitably - empower all students with the skills they need for success. Empowering all students in this way is key to both breaking the cycles of poverty and investing in better communities, economies and societies.
21st Century Communities Will Build a 21st Century Workforce
21st Century Communities Will Build a 21st Century Workforce
The key to preparing students for success in a 21st century global workforce and society is to equip them with life and career readiness skills as well as exposure to the workplace. This is accomplished by building two-way bridges between schools and the resources available through the businesses, employers, organizations and universities in the local community.
Any approach to preparing students for real life must be supported by adults and businesses in the child's community to make learning real and relevant. It is up to us to provide a direct way for students to build the skills, networks, confidence and relationships they will need for real world success. We do this by building in-school programs that enable two-way bridges between students and the world of work. Clearly defined and well-managed school-business partnerships can deliver valuable lessons directly to students. This approach requires committed business partnerships, real-world skills curriculum and a willingness by schools to find space for teaching and learning that reaches beyond core curriculum. [read more...]
Local Engagement in Education Yields Global Impact.
Whether in our back yard or across the globe, students need adults to be engaged in their lives and show them the way. The most effective and ready way for us to bridge the gap between education and adulthood is through the involvement of community members in our schools and classrooms. We can and must build programs that are tailored to our schools and communities and deliver opportunities for students to learn critical life and career skills as they prepare to enter a global workforce. This doesn't require us to build new schools, instead, it requires us to think creatively and take an innovative approach.
Empowerment of Students in America
Amy’s work in education has spanned 14 years, several states and two continents. Her work is now focused on supporting schools, districts and employers in coming together to build new programs and systems that prepare students with the skills critical to real world success. Empowerment Through Education was born from her most powerful work to date which took place in an urban classroom in Boston. She taught hundreds of students over several years not just business and workplace skills, but also how to believe in their unique purpose in the world. [read more...]
Empowerment of Girls in Africa
The developing world has greater challenges, greater needs and different economic, cultural and educational barriers than we do in the United States. The basic need to empower children to believe in themselves, however, is no different.
Amy took her passion for student empowerment to some of the most disadvantaged children in the world. [read more...]
Bridging Students Globally
Empowering students to build a global community!
What happened when these students in Boston, Massachusetts (on the left) learned about these girls in Coastal Kenya (on the right) and their many sisters will touch your heart and make you believe in what our children are capable of when we empower them to follow their hearts. [read more...]