MEET OUR TEAM
The team behind Empowered U Youth Organization takes great pride in motivating the youth to become leaders and agents of change. The staff is developed by professional training and backed by an Advisory Board that represents years of experience in the nonprofit and youth mentoring sector and that works with us to keep Empowered U focused and on target.
Qianah has been in Columbia, SC since 2004. While attending graduate school, she became a volunteer tutor and mentor at Eau Claire High School. Shortly after, she began working with preschoolers and youth professionally and through church. Through those experiences she has built constructive and lasting relationships with those families.
Currently, Qianah is employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield. In addition to being a god-mother, she finds meaning in spending time with family and friends. They keep her grounded and encourage her commitment of advocacy for children and families.
Her philosophy is summed from a quote by
It is easier to build a strong child than to repair a broken adult.
Her Life Saying:
Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes of playing a poor hand well.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Cari Rice was born and raised in Michigan, Cari received her Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University. Cari is now studying to obtain her Masters in Social Work while specializing in mental health and trauma.
Cari is an advocate for helping others realize and discover their full potentials. Cari’s background includes volunteering for police departments, working at schools, and interning at courthouses.
Cari enjoys hiking, fishing, camping, and most other outdoor activities. She also loves to watch football. Go Saints!