What we do and who we are

Our programs create positive social change.



The Empowerment Center exists to help East Boulder County youth create positive social change through the arts, community-based learning and leadership opportunities.

Our organization has been a part of the East County community since the 1990s, originally operating under the name Project Yes. While our name and operating structure has evolved over the years, our commitment to nurturing a strong, vibrant youth culture has not. Today, we operate after-school and summer programs serving youth of all ages in our local schools and community centers.



Elizabeth Bourdon, Executive Director elizabeth@lafayetteempowerment.org

Judith Sutter, Licensed Professional Counselor

Abigail Cerne, Mindfulness for Teens and Art for Social Change Facilitator

Mariam Lara , What’s Cooking and Art for Social Change Facilitator

Elizabeth White, What’s Cooking and Mindfulness for Teens Facilitator



Board of Directors

Julie Berry, Board Chair, Associate Project Manager, SDL

Martha Swanson, Treasurer, Retired Certified Public Accountant, Martha S. Scheer CPA P.C.

Dr. Sherry Taylorgoodall, Secretary, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver

Alex Schatz, Member, Attorney, Brannan Sand and Gravel

Sally Harkins, Member, Director of Sales & Marketing, The Peaks at Old Laramie Trail

Jaideep “JD” Mangat, Member, Teacher, Adams 12

Balkarn Shahi, Member, Self-Employed

Michelle Singh, Member, Small-Business Owner Padma’s Array

Gary Rosenthal, PhD, Member, Executive Director, Limestone BioVentures, LLC

Dr. Liz Grassi, Advisory Board Member, Professor & Director of Assessment, Regis University

Oscar Flores, Member, Advisory Board Member, Independent Plumber

Partners + Funders

Community Partners

We’re grateful to the dedicated organizations of East County who support our mission by sharing space and resources.

Boulder Valley School District – Centaurus, Angevine, Pioneer and Sanchez Schools

Boulder County Housing Authority – Aspinwall and Kestrel Sites

Sister Carmen’s

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)



Our work would not be possible without the generous financial support of these contributing organizations.

City of Lafayette Police Department 

City of Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission

Boulder County Human Services Fund

Boulder County Community Foundation