GIRL EMPOWERMENT LA was founded by Amy Phillips. With more than 20 years experience in the arts, she found her true passion in arts education and working with students.
She saw there was a vital need to provide girls with strategies to develop deeper self-worth and celebrate individuality. She created GIRL EMPOWERMENT LA to help meet that need. Unlike other girl empowerment programs, Phillips utilizes the arts and media to engage students and as a means of creating deep conversation.
Many young women have no one to talk to, no role models, no confidants except their peers. And they are bombarded by messages from media, music, movies about the role of women and the unattainable goal of achieving perfection.
Phillips has a BFA and an MFA and she completed UCLA's Social Emotional Arts certificate program and Inner City Art's Annenberg Professional Development Program, Creativity in the Classroom. Phillips received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S Representative Karen Bass (D-37th District) for her student's participation in the Congressional Art Competition through Culver Park High School. She serves on the Congressional Art Competition committee through Bass' office. Previously, she was a teaching artist with artworxLA working with continuation high school students, and she was a student mentor for WriteGirl. She currently volunteers in the gun violence prevention community and is the California State Communications lead for Moms Demand Action.