Youth Advisory Board

Our EmpowHERto team is made up of a group of dedicated staff and volunteers who are committed to helping young womxn and girls reach their full potential as leaders. We plan activities and programs, coordinate and host events, and encourage girls along their journey to becoming their best selves. We’re passionate about our mission.

With her background in the social sciences, Mariela strives to work for her community and hopes that she can have a positive impact on those around her.

She’s always willing to lend a helping hand, often putting the needs of others before her own. “I’ve always wanted to help out my community ever since I was young. So when I joined EmpowHERto, I was thrilled that I would have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young girls. To think that I’m a part of an organization that will lead, teach and help out the next generation of young women, really leaves me in awe.”

As a full-time law student, Arthi is passionate about working in criminal law – particularly crimes against women and children.

EmpowHERto has provided her with a voice as part of the Youth Advisory Board where she has been able to act on the social responsibility she had always felt with the community. Throughout her studies, she’s worked with organizations in both Hamilton and London to launch targeted educational programs for vulnerable populations. Her most recent initiative, Project Consent, was featured on our IGTV Live series as a community engagement project providing free legal education to high school students about sexual assault and consent.

Understanding the struggles young womxn face in today’s society, Arthi is looking forward to using her experiences and connection to our audience to help EmpowHERto launch meaningful initiatives – those she wishes she had as a female visible-minority trying to pursue her wildest dreams!