Our Mission

To uplift African-American youth by fusing song, dance, storytelling, and theater into transformative experiences one note, one line, one step, and one reel at a time.


A  place where Education and  Entertainment meets.


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Who We Are

Empower You Edutainment is a non-profit organization that obtained its 501(c)(3) in 2016. Empower You Edutainment consists of a team of educators who happens to be artists that used their performing arts background to provide theatre, dance, and music to increase resilience, empowerment, and wellness for both youth and young adults. Our mission statement is to break down social/ economic barriers, empower, educate, and transform the lives of the voiceless through song, interpretive dance, spoken word, music, improvisation, and theater. From our humble beginnings, we have provided the Inland Empire with community theatre that focuses on social issues.

Our latest work! - Nowhere to Run 

🎭✨ We had an amazing performance by our actors! 🌟 The emotions, the drama, and the laughter - truly an unforgettable experience. πŸ“Έ Get one more chance to catch the play in January! Details coming soon. 

An Interview with CEO Sharron Lewis!

Get to know the driving force behind Empower You Edutainment.

Empower you Edutainment in partnership with Riverside Unified School District 

"Empower You Edutainment" is offering a program called "In the Footsteps of Giants: Celebrating Black History Year-Round" for elementary children. The program is a collaboration between "Empower You Edutainment" and the Riverside Unified School District Extended Learning Program. It is designed for students aged 7 to 14 years old and will teach them how to sing, act, recite poems, dance, and tell stories using puppets. The program lasts for eight weeks and takes place from Monday to Friday, with each day consisting of two hours of lessons. Through this program, students will learn about the achievements of those who came before them and will experience history outside of the classroom setting.

Intern spotlight: Nowhere to Run alumni speaks on her experience

Being in a play was a transformative and exhilarating experience that allowed me to explore the realms of creativity, teamwork, and self-expression. The journey began with auditions, a nerve-wracking yet exciting process that tested my full abilities.

Once cast, the rehearsal process became the heart of the experience. Collaborating with fellow actors, the director, and the production team was both challenging and rewarding. It involved countless hours of memorizing lines, practicing blocking, and refining our performances. The camaraderie that developed within the cast fostered a sense of community as we supported each other through the highs and lows of the rehearsal period.

Stepping onto the stage for the first time brought a mix of nervousness and anticipation. The lights, the set, and the audience created an electrifying atmosphere. The thrill of live performances and the immediacy of the audience's reactions added an unpredictable and dynamic element to each show.

Overcoming challenges, such as stage fright and the pressure to deliver lines flawlessly, contributed to personal growth. The play became a vehicle for self-discovery, pushing me to embrace vulnerability and develop resilience in the face of unforeseen circumstances.

The closing night marked the culmination of our collective efforts. The applause, the shared sense of accomplishment, and the bonds forged during the production created lasting memories. Being in a play not only allowed me to showcase my artistic abilities but also provided a platform for building lasting friendships, developing skills in collaboration, and fostering a profound appreciation for the performing arts. The experience has left an indelible mark on my journey of self-discovery and has ignited a lasting passion for the magic that happens when the curtain rises.

                   -Azalea Garcia as β€œKaren”

Upcoming Events!

24

April

2024

Name

"We've Come This Far By Faith": A Celebration of Women's Accomplishments Through Storytelling and Music

Address

3933 Mission Inn Avenue, Suite 103, Riverside, CA 92501


Past Events!

8

December

2023

Name

Nowhere to Run

location

The Box Theater 
3635 Market St. Riverside, CA 92501


9

December

2023

Name

Nowhere to Run

location

The Box Theater 3635 Market St. Riverside, CA 92501


10

December

2023

Name

Faded Lipstick

location

The Box Theater 3635 Market St. Riverside, CA 92501


19

January

2024

Name

Nowhere to Run

location

The Box Theater 3635 Market St. Riverside, CA 92501


20

January

2024

Name

Nowhere to Run

location

The Box Theater 3635 Market St. Riverside, CA 92501


9

February

2024

Name

The Other Side

location

Steelworkers Auditorium 8437 Sierra Avenue Fontana. CA 92335


27

February

2024

Name

Lift Every Voice

location

Civil Rights Institute 3933 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501


29

May

2024

Name

For Every Mountain

location

Civil Rights Institute 3933 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA 92501


Nowhere to Run 

"Nowhere to Run" examines the world of human trafficking; exposing the mental and physical abuse that victims endure. This production serves as a call to break the cycle of this heinous crime. β€œNowhere to Run” offers a raw and emotional journey that mirrors real life and compels audiences to take action against this grave injustice.



Tickets Here

Faded Lipstick

Join Empower You Edutainment for Faded Lipstickβ€”an exploration of the highs and lows of mental health through spoken word, dance, and music. Fading Lipstick takes us beyond our external appearance, exploring deep layers within, opening the door for healing.



Tickets Here 

You Don't Want to Miss This!

We are excited to announce the launch of Empower You Faded Lipstick Podcast! This podcast promotes mental health wellness and provides a space to relax and heal. Our episodes cover a wide range of topics related to mental health, including anxiety, depression, self-care, and much more. Check out our commercial to learn more about the Empower You Faded Lipstick Podcast and how we can help you on your mental health journey!

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Lift Every Voice
Empowering Girls Through the Arts

Empower You Edutainment, Life Every Voice program's purpose is to empower Black girls living in the City of Riverside. The project provides opportunities for Black girls attending elementary, middle, or high school to embrace their rich African American Women 

Through storytelling, poetry, and monologues, participants use their voices to express their feelings on the issues that impact them and their neighborhoods. Through workshops, they learn performing arts skills and ways to work together to find positive ways to address issues such as bullying, racism, and emotional traumas.
 


*Empower You Edutainment Lift Every Voice is funded by the City of Riverside Arts & Culture Grant

Sharron Lewis, CEO of Empower You Edutainment 

Check out Nia Campbell article, our Acting and Creative Writing Teacher

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How We Differ From Other Organizations

Empower You Edutainment philosophy is that art is a form of healing. Our motto, "Each one teach one," an African proverb that emphasizes that no one is alone; everyone will embark on their journey together without failure because they will inspire and encourage each other along the way. Our goal is to provide wellness by creating a sense of self through advocacy, training, and Edutainment. Our organization offers a year-round after school performing arts program that provides healing energy and emotional release to youth and young adults' most vulnerable population by offering  free classes in the performing arts.

Supporting Our Youth and College Students

Empower You Edutainment is honored to join the City of Riverside in sponsoring the Riverside County NAACP Youth Council Virtual Play 
Silenet Tears. 

  The wounds of Racism: The Elephant in the Room Project

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