EmpowerU Expands Resilience & Mental Health Programs for K-12 Districts Nationwide

by Katie Dorn on June 13, 2023

At EmpowerU, we teach students to celebrate each small step on their journey to make meaningful changes and reach their goals. We are excited to celebrate and share an exciting next step for our K-12 programs. The EmpowerU team has taken the past twelve months to focus on research and development, resulting in product enhancements to our K-12 solutions that will provide a faster and easier way for districts to drive measurable outcomes for their students at all tiers of support.

Address Urgent School-Based Mental Health Problem with EmpowerU Student Resilience Programs

EmpowerU’s enhanced student and educator resilience programs help districts solve many of the urgent problems they are facing such as lack of student motivation, chronic absences, increased disruptive behaviors, skyrocketing special education referrals, and the unprecedented levels of mental health barriers for both students and staff.

“School districts recognize that if we are going to move the needle on academic success, we must address the unique needs of each learner.  This includes addressing non-academic barriers to success such as anxiety, self-regulation and motivation," says Dr. Michelle Langenfeld, former Superintendent of Green Bay Area Public Schools and education consultant.  “Given resource challenges, significant staffing shortages and pressure to accelerate learning post-COVID-19, there is clearly a need for student success programs that are proven to work, affordable and easy to implement.”

Drive Measurable Outcomes: EmpowerU’s Student Resilience and Mental Health Programs

EmpowerU’s enhanced programs take a unique approach of being student-centered and goal driven, helping students learn the skills they need to be self-motivated and self-regulated. Unlike other programs, EmpowerU provides a guided instructional path that helps students apply these skills to their goals, so they can make measurable personal change in wellbeing and behaviors.

“If schools are going to invest time and money into much-needed programs to address these urgent problems, they want assurance there will be immediate positive impact - otherwise, what’s the point?” says Katie Dorn, CEO of EmpowerU. “Our updated programs are designed to continue to drive student success, but just as importantly, to be ‘doable.’ Too many schools adopt programs they never implement because they are too much work. Our new programs are easy to implement and fit naturally into the school-day, giving teachers and students flexible access to training, digital lessons and additional resources. Our focus on ease of use, coupled with a fun and engaging delivery, is what drives the completion and utilization rates of our programs above 90%.”

EmpowerU’s pre-to-post data analysis measures each student’s goal progress, consistently showing that over 93% of students make significant improvement in their wellbeing and self-regulation, which translates to improved academic success.

EmpowerU focuses on the student, is easy to implement with fidelity and provides data and measurable outcomes. The implementation of EmpowerU helped to significantly decrease our behavior referrals. These upcoming product enhancements will make an already great program even better.

—Carmen Hills, Superintendent of Browns Valley School District in Western Minnesota



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Katie Dorn, MA, LSC, MFT is co-founder of EmpowerU and an experienced licensed school counselor and therapist. A mother of seven grown children and a successful entrepreneur and author, Katie is a strategic thinker with an ability to connect and build functional and productive teams. Her passion for finding effective ways to help students and families with mental health obstacles has fueled her work for EmpowerU since 2015.


EmpowerU’s highly personalized, data-driven Tier 1 and Tier 2 solutions equip students to be resilient, self-directed learners and reach their goals — without additional hires or a heavy lift from schools. The program provides each student with interactive lessons and personalized coaching, pairing technology with brain research in a unique way that supports students, empowers their growth and reduces feelings of anxiety and depression. Multi-year data makes it clear: nobody understands Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and approaches student supports the way EmpowerU does.

Topics: student resilience