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History of the Empowerment Pipeline

The Empowerment Pipeline was established in 2009 by members of Loyola’s Black Cultural Center and Latin American Student Organization to address issues of educational disparity and lack of access to higher education for underrepresented students. This student created program was designed to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by empowering high school youth to pursue higher education.  

The founders of this program created a curriculum focused on art and activism which they used to teach youth about social justice issues.  Through their time teaching the curriculum with the students, the undergraduates built personal and mentoring relationships with their high school mentees and provided them with a supportive environment to explore the visions and goals for held for their futures.

For more information about the school-to-prison pipeline please take a look at the following resources:


Centennial Forum Student Center
1125 Loyola Ave.
Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773.508.3909

Water Tower Campus Student Center
26 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.915.6642

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