West Aurora High School’s Empowered Women of the Future (EWF) Club was founded by Janice Baez in 2019. At the time, Baez, a junior, felt inspired to begin a focused and ongoing program at the school with support by teacher sponsor, Terri Shepard, to bring together young women who want to develop their opportunities, empower other girls and women, and create a world of equality and equity.
The club serves a diverse population of girls: 74 percent of the student population are of color and 50 percent come from low-income families. The EWF Club educates and empowers girls of all ages in School District 129 in age-appropriate topics and opportunities, developing educational and career connections, improving mental health, and more.
A+ Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that supports and assists students and staff and raises money to enhance the opportunities of the students and staff of School District 129. The goals of the A+ Foundation are to enrich the curriculum of West Aurora School District 129, inspire excellence in students and staff, expand opportunities for community involvement and foster alumni connections.
Those interested in learning more about the EWF Club can contact the club’s teacher co-sponsors Terri Shepard at email@example.com or Mayra Rios at firstname.lastname@example.org.