By Our Own Standards
To Expose! To Teach! To Reach! Go Beyond limitations. Transforming thoughts into reality and empowering others to overcome trials and tribulations to improve their outlook on life’s circumstances.
DeFined Empowerment is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization cultivated from ShineTime, a teen mentoring group co-founded by Yolanda Gibbs and other influential community leaders. As an advocate for education, Yolanda constantly encouraged the youth she worked so closely with to seek higher education and college degrees. Through transformational, close-knit relationship building, she quickly realized that providing viable opportunities to build on skill sets outside of the classroom was exactly what appealed to some students who did not wish to pursue a degree. From there…Project DeFined was birthed through Yolanda’s faith-driven purpose to empower the youth of our community.
DeFined Empowerment partners with business owners willing to offer internships such as brick masonry, plumbing, painting, and welding to young people interested in pursuing those career paths. Through compassionate understanding of the countless challenges faced by our youth, DeFined Empowerment seeks to educate our future leaders on how to transform their trials into triumphs and develop positive, effective, and influential voices. We provide young people with the skills and training needed to grow into self-sufficient entrepreneurs who can help to educate future generations, while edifying and enriching the community.
We partner with Above It All Counseling to professionally assist our young people with identifying the profound beauty of their voices, and the positive impact their voices have on transforming their thought processes and livelihood. Additionally, Yolanda created TableTalk using firsthand life experiences to encourage women to triumph through obstacles. Our vision is to expose the uniqueness of each person’s weaknesses to reveal their divine purpose! Understanding your weakness is a strength.
2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
DeFined Empowerment meets our organizational mission of transforming thoughts into reality and empowering others to overcome trials through two key program initiatives.
Find out more about our programs.