Getting Ready for Back to School

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Hello, families, and welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! 

We hope you’ve been enjoying some time off together this summer and keeping cool. We’re looking forward to returning to campus this school year and also welcoming new families and learners.

We are eager to share some updates with you, including authentic and engaging projects planned for this year, new staff members who’ve joined our Empower family, and even a new location!

Click below for our school calendar and school hours:

Check out the information below!

We are moving to a new location!

We are excited to share that Empower Generations will be moving to a new space close to our current space for the upcoming school year. We have outgrown our current location and look forward to building out a larger, more accessible school site that supports independent study and project-based learning.

The new space will include a brand-new STEAM Lab, wellness space, Empowered Babies space, large Village center with open seating, access to a bus stop, and more.

Important Dates to Remember

August 10: Virtual Meeting about Our New Location, 5:00 PM

Please join Director Malaka Donovan for a virtual meeting to learn more about the new location on August 10 at 5:00 PM. Be on the lookout for more information via ParentSquare.

August 16-20: Connect with our school counselor and get your new workshop schedule.

This is the time for families to come and meet our new school counselor, Ms. Jocelyn Fitzgerald, and receive your Fall 2021-2022 workshop schedule. This is also a great time to ask any questions you might have about graduation paths! Ms. Jocelyn will be emailing an introduction letter and appointment sign-ups. More information to follow!

August 23: Meet Your Village

Meet your village at Empower Generations/Innovation Studios! You will meet each of the Guides, Care Team members, office staff, Student Support staff, and the director.  We are excited to share what we have planned for the new year. More information to follow!

August 24: First Day of School

We are eager to have our learners back on campus and to offer workshops for support. School hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM to noon. Make sure your learner receives their workshop schedule prior to the first day of school so they know when their cohort support is offered.  

Re-Registered? HDC? Family Handbook?

Have you re-registered for the 2021-22 school year? Please reach out to Ms. Tori at shantoria.goodman@ileadinnovationstudios.org to verify all your required forms have been completed. You also need to complete the Household Data Collection Form (HDC) and sign your Family Handbook. Let us know if you need assistance with any of these forms.

WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)

Empower Generations has been working through the WASC self-study over the past three years. We are excited to welcome the WASC visiting team this fall as they review and provide feedback on a variety of areas. Part of the WASC process includes input from families and learners. We are working on putting together collaborative work sessions. If you would like to be a part of our Family WASC Committee, please email Director Malaka Donovan at malaka.donovan@empowergenerations.org. This is a wonderful opportunity to be involved with our school community!


Please be sure you have signed up for ParentSquare. If your contact information has changed, please let our office manager know as soon as possible by emailing shantoria.goodman@ileadinnovationstudios.org. Important reminders and information regarding school emergencies and events will be communicated through this system. ParentSquare sends notifications via email and text if you download the app at parentsquare.com.


Please be sure your learner has signed up for StudentSquare through their school email address. Important reminders and information regarding school emergencies and events will be communicated through this system to your learner. Learners will also use StudentSquare for the daily wellness checks on campus.

Monday Message and School Website

The Monday Message is sent out each Sunday evening with upcoming school information and events, workshop updates for the week, helpful articles and other pertinent information regarding school activities. You can sign up for the Monday Message in the Newsletter Sign-up window at the bottom of our Empower Generations website.

Social Media

Empower Generations/Innovation Studios has two social media platforms. Our Facebook and Instagram accounts are updated frequently with workshop photos, school events, and helpful reminders. Please check them out!

Family University

Through Family University, we develop a lasting learning partnership with our families. We partner with community agencies and organizations to offer courses, family events and activities to equip you with the skills, knowledge, resources and confidence to support your children in achieving academic and personal success. Please be sure to complete The Family University Survey to help us plan for this school year.

Please email me at malaka.donovan@empowergenerations.org if you have any questions.

With gratitude,

Malaka Donovan


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Upcoming Events

Mon., 2/20: Presidents’ Day – No School Click here for the school year calendar.

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