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Checking In with Our Grantees: Evoluer House

Get to know the Evoluer House and hear how their 2021 Spruce grant helped 75 underserved teen girls prepare for personal and professional success.

— Cheryl Ellison, Founder and Executive Director of Evoluer House

The Evoluer House, a White House recognized award-winning nonprofit organization, delivers evidence-based empowerment programs that equip underserved girls of color nationwide with essential tools to become college-bound and career-ready, breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. As a testament to our success, 100% of Evoluer program graduates attend a four-year college or other institutes of higher learning; we boast a 19-year record of producing community leaders and difference makers; and more than 2,300 girls have accomplished their career goals. We are on a mission to help produce strong female leadership in the workforce by investing in the collective well-being of young women and girls.

Our signature award-winning Personal and Professional Summer couldn’t look any brighter. Registration for 2023 programming opens in mid-April. We tell parents, if they wish a merry summer for their daughter, to skip camp and sign her up for our dynamic summer workshop series. The evidence-based personal and professional development programs are available for girls aged 13 to 18 nationwide. At the Evoluer House, girls are equipped with the survival tools she needs to learn, lead, thrive, and exceed society’s expectations. Plus, she’ll make genuine connections with her peers and mentors alike. 

We’re also gearing up for the fourth season of our podcast, Girl Truth: What Lens Are You Looking Through, which continues to amplify the voices of girls of color and to make history both nationally and internationally. The podcast was featured in an interview on CBS 3 News with news reporter, Wakisha Bailey. The national listening audience expanded to include Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah, South Dakota, and Iowa, while our international reach expanded to include the countries of France, Canada, The Ivory Coast, Brazil, and Honduras. The podcast is now heard across six continents, in 33 countries, in 35 U.S. states, and the commonwealths of Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. It ranks in the top 5% of the most popular podcasts globally according to Listen Notes, the most comprehensive podcast database online. 

The Spruce Foundation grant received in 2021 had tremendous impact on our organization. For the first time in our history, we were able to transition our 9-week Workforce Development series online with a top-tier staff and resources, and equip over 75 underserved teen girls with academic and technical skills as well as the knowledge and training necessary for career readiness and personal success. Thanks to The Spruce Foundation, the Evoluer House’s amazing graduating class of 2021 will not have to live in poverty anymore.

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