CONNECTING RESIDENTS & RESOURCES IN THE NORTH END.
We believe The North End is a vibrant, critical neighborhood that deserves investment and intentionality.
Who We Are

We are a committed group of community minded individuals – volunteers and staff – who are passionate about the North End and the people that call it home. We believe that in order to continue pushing Wichita forward we must invest in our people. Our mission is to empower all residents, with an emphasis on our Hispanic community, by providing programming in education, workforce and small business development so that all individuals can achieve their full potential.

While our organization is new, many have carried the torch before us to make our work possible. We truly believe that if we advocate for resources, programs, and investments in quality of place, the North End will thrive, increasing the quality of life for its residents – our neighbors.

The Core Team

Ariel Rodriguez
Executive Director

Ariel, a Wichita native, joined Empower after spending 11 years working in youth development, most recently as the executive director of Rise Up For Youth. Ariel is committed to helping impact the lives of those in his community, as he believes all should have an equal opportunity to achieve success. Ariel is passionate about creating meaningful relationships with all community members and supporters of Empower in order to create a stronger community. In his spare time, Ariel values time with his family, friends, and his dog while staying busy either cooking or being physically active.

Jose Trejo
Impact Specialist

Jose comes to Empower as a fellow from Lead For Kansas. Jose, a Wichita native, is a first generation college student graduating with his social work degree in May 2022. Jose is committed to creating an inclusive economy that will provide more opportunities for the community. Jose enjoys eating new foods, experiencing new things, and exploring all the beauty of the world.

Empower Executive Board

Chris Arellano – Hinkle Law Firm

Cindy Berner, Secretary – Wichita Public Library, Retired

Tom Borrego – Butler Community College

Maria Bustamante – Cargill

Gene Camarena, Chair – La Raza Pizza, Inc.

Yolanda Camarena – Community Volunteer

Cindy Claycomb – Community Volunteer

Carlos Fernandez – Kiko’s

Amy Johnson – Koch Industries

Janet Miller – WASAC

Julian Rios, Treasurer – BKD

Alicia Sanchez – Wichita State University

Cindy Miles – Kansas Nonprofit Chamber 

Cecilia Thibault – Intrust Bank

THE POWER OF COMMUNITY

We can’t do this work alone. We rely on the support of generous, creative and innovative individuals and organizations in our community. If you’re interested in joining our effort, please contact us today!

Community Partners
EN