Why Do We Exist?

We exist to Empower Students to Take Control of Their Career

At Empowered Students, we use our Career Coaching program provides first-generation college students the tools, strategies, resources, skills, and mindset needed to land life-altering business internships and jobs upon graduation. We focus on utilizing LinkedIn, relationship building skills, personal brand, and networking as a means to level the playing field.

Our Story

In 2016, Santa Clara University's Center for First-Generation College Students asked Professor Sean O'Keefe to design and teach a class specifically for a cohort of first-generation students. The class included a step-by-step-by-step career coaching method that empowered students to proactively land life-enhancing internships and jobs upon graduation.

Many students, including Lydia Ku, Isaac D'Amore Nieblas, Yuliana Mendoza, and Rapha Guzman expressed immense gratitude for the career coaching that led to life-enhancing internships and jobs. Lydia, Isaac, Yuliana, and Rapha also expressed a desire to "Pay it Forward" to other first-generation college students.

Thus, in 2018, Empowered Students was created to scale impact. Currently, we are serving students at the following universities.

Students of UCSan Diego
University of Southern California
University of California Santa Cruz
Berkeley University of California
San Francisco State University
Cal Poly
Lehigh University
Santa Clara University
University of California - Riverside
San Jose State University
California University

We believe all students should strive to excel in all 7 Pillars of Life

We want students to WIN the Game of Life and we are here to provide them high-touch, step-by-step career coaching.

Success in one's career can have a HUGE impact on the other 6 Pillars of Life.

Some people wake up when they are 40 or 50 years old and looking around and say..."I wish I would have done this or that" or "I wish I would have made different decisions." We don't want this to be true for your students.

We want your students to wake up in 25 years and say: "Life is great! I've made my family proud and I excel in the 7 Pillars of Life."

We empower students to take control of their future and start Winning the Game of Life....Right Now.

7 Pillars

Family & Friends
Contribution To Society

We are a small piece of the Education Ecosystem

Empowered Students is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, Taxpayer Identification Number (EIN) is 83-2604058. We have a special niche within student education and we enjoy being part of the movement in our country to advance education in all aspects of society.

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