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CENTER FOR THE EMPOWERMENT OF FAMILIES INC.

 

WHAT WE DO

Within a community of mental health professionals and healing informed artists throughout Los Angeles County, we value a whole systems approach to help populations succeed and thrive. Center for the Empowerment of Families Inc provides healing informed mentorship and therapeutic arts to youth, families, and communities serving them.

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PROGRAMS

DOLL PLAY:
IN DEFENSE OF GIRLHOOD

An intensive doll play workshop to address adultification bias in schools and family systems

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MENTORSHIP

Healing focused mentorship with artists and mental health professionals.

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HEALING CAPTURED -
VISUAL ARTS MENTORSHIP

Our visual arts team and adolescent health professionals bring thoughtful photography practices and holistic mentorship to youth and families impacted – or at risk of becoming impacted – by the systems who serve them.

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DANCE FOR HEALING PROJECT -
PERFORMING ARTS MENTORSHIP

This mentorship and therapeutic dance program is a collaboration with our partner, Pony Boy Dance Theatre.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
HEALING INFORMED TRAININGS

Center for the Empowerment of Families, Inc. mental health professionals provide state certified healing informed trainings to educators, artists, foster home staff/guardians, licensed MFT/LCSW, and law enforcement departments.

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LEAD MENTORS AND INSTRUCTORS

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JASON CLARK

LEAD MENTOR & INSTRUCTOR

Jason is a Los Angeles based commercial photographer and graphic designer. Jason shoots with the end-result in mind, As a 25-year Graphics professional, he has a unique perspective when it comes to image creation.

Jason has been shooting professionally for over 16 years. He began his photographic journey after realizing that some photographers could not capture the visions he had for the multiple projects that ge was a graphic designer for.

IZELL WATKINS
LEAD MENTOR

Izell is a native of Michigan who resides currently in Glendale, CA. He is pursuing his career in tech, and he continues to participate in advocacy in healing informed practices for youth. He is a lead facilitator for boys and girls through his work with Center for the Empowerment of Families and the Dance for Healing Project. 


Still making much progress as a resilient role model for challenged youth, he continues to provide mentorship services for marginalized children including foster youth, special needs children, and youth detained in LA County Juvenile Halls.

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DA'SHAUNAE MARISA
LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Da’Shaunae specializes in documentary, editorial and commercial photography. Her main objective help her students explore their “FEELINGS" through photography.  

"If I can evoke something meaningful from your soul I have fulfilled my purpose.” - CEF Healing Captured Teaching Artist, Da’Shaunae,

 Her creative endeavors started in illustration and transitioned to graphic design study for two years before pursuing photography. Her relationship began when her mother would always carry a Kodak disposable camera to photograph her and brother. In 1st grade, her mom gifted her a camera to document her last day of school. This experience later evolved, and today Da’Shaunae’s professional photography can be found in the New York Times, WSJ, Bloomberg, National Geographic, Time Magazine, and other publications. She also enjoys creating public art photographs using wheat pasting methods on buildings to inspire and engage her community.

JORDAN LEWIS
LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Jordan Lewis is a 2nd year teaching artist with The Dance for Healing Project. He’s taught at Horace Mann, Salazar Park and virtually with a few others. He specializes in hip-hop and jazz-funk, but integrates various styles of dance education and mentorship alongside classroom curriculum.

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BRITTANY DESATNIK
LEAD INSTRUCTOR

Brittany Desatnik is a professional choreographer, dancer, and dance instructor.  Throughout her career, she has had the pleasure of working with some of the top artists in the music industry such as Nicki Minaj, Brandy, Ray J, Billy Ray Cyrus and Justin Bieber. 


She's been an instructor of Heels & Hip Hop classes for 6 years and currently she instructs a weekly class at Studio216.

GABRIELLA ANGOTTI-JONES
LEAD MENTOR & INSTRUCTOR

Gabriella Angotti-Jones is a photographer based in Los Angeles, CA, and is formerly a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Times. She was previously an intern at The New York Times, following internships at the Tampa Bay Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. She graduated from San Francisco State University, where she earned a degree in Environmental Studies.

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We recognize our late Founder, Dr. Sharon Rabb, for her commitment to providing therapy and intensive workshops through private practice and community work. With CEF, her services were provided to the youth, men, and women housed with the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, Los Angeles County Probation Juvenile Halls, Children's Institute International, Oasis Clinic, Shields for Families residents, Nickerson Gardens Housing, Kedren Mental Health, and faith-based communities.


Through her dedication, Dr. Rabb extended her outreach to provide healthy relationship skills to 400+ incarcerated men and women returning to their communities. 

 

HOW TO SUPPORT

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