Monday Message for February 18, 2019

Upcoming Events


Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Have questions? Call us at (661) 494-7454 or send an email to

  • Learner Internships (Jan. 7 to May 31)
  • Senior Portfolio Preparation (Jan. 7 to May 31)
  • Life Skills Workshop – Goal Setting (Feb. 13-14)
  • Get Smart Be You Workshop – the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month

Message from the Director


Dear Learners and Families,

What’s happening at EG?

iLEAD Online classes have begun! Learners are working on a variety of iLEAD Online classes and are already creating pieces demonstrating what they have learned. Some learners are writing a 5-paragraph essay on the resources available in our community, while others are creating beautiful sketches and pieces of art.

This week’s workshop was our “Love Fest” Community Day. Learners participated in activity stations including a “Love Letter” activity, a “Love Wall” mural, a craft gift creation, a picture station, as well lots of food, fun, and laughter.

In addition, twelve brave Empower learners have started rehearsal for choir.

For Child Development this week, we are focusing on defining the different types of play. Learners will be encouraged to reflect on the different types of play by creating a story about one type of play they can most relate to, or one that caught their interest.

Learners, please reach out on days that you are absent. My direct line is (661) 537-3719.

Sha’Kirim “Sha’Ki” Brown



Learner Spotlight: Sydney Daniel

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What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

  • Sydney loves to draw and considers herself to be an artist.

What is something that you are passionate about?

  • Sydney is passionate about motherhood, completing school, family, and several other goals.

Tell me the best part about being a teen mother.

  • Sydney enjoys waking up to her daughter’s smile and the growth of both her and baby Sanai.

How has Empower Generations supported you as a parent and a student?

  • Parenthood: EG supports us by allowing us to bring our babies to school.
  • Student: Sydney feels that EG has encouraged her to come back to school and graduate.

Facilitator Spotlight: Mrs. Vasquez (Office Manager)

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What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?

  • Mrs. Vasquez went skydiving when she was 19.

What is something that you are passionate about?

  • Mrs. Vasquez is passionate about political, social, and educational equality.

How has Empower Generations changed your perception of education or educational leadership?

  • Working at Empower Generations has highlighted for Mrs. Vasquez how, in comparison, the educational system is broken.

Fun Fact: Presidents’ Day


  • Presidents’ Day is a federal U.S. holiday observed on the third Monday in February.
  • This day is set aside by more and more of America’s population to honor all of the past United States Presidents who have served our country. Two of our nation’s most prominent Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, are brought to mind as we celebrate this day. Their birth dates, which fall close to this same time, have been honored for decades.
  • Presidents’ Day is celebrated with public ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and throughout the United States.

Tax Season: Earned Income Tax Credit


The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.

The EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. In order to qualify for the EITC, households must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if taxes are not owed or households are not required to file. The EITC reduces the amount of tax households owe and may allow for a refund.

Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at

You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at