The goal of our work is to improve the quality of life for youth, especially at-risk children, by providing the essential tools and skills necessary for building character, increasing self-esteem, meeting positive friends, and making informed choices. Early intervention significantly decreases the possibility of future aberrant behavior.
Paradise Empowers, Inc is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by the PEI Corporations. Our purpose is to provide low-income and disadvantaged children—as well as their families—the opportunity to learn along within an educational forum that inspires excellence.
The children we assist are at risk. By focusing on their potential for success, our programs address a variety of needs:
- improving grades
- modifying behavior
- developing social skills
- establishing life skills
In addition to classroom education, we expose our kids to extracurricular activities that are targeted to build self-esteem, awareness, and a clear vision for success
Dedicated to long-term achievement, our staff consistently reinforces one underlying message to each child: The only limitations in life are the ones you place on yourself.
For more information about our organization, we encourage you to contact us.
"Thanks to the magnanimous donation from Paradise Empowers, several of our students at a local middle school were afforded the opportunity to attend the Titanic Exhibit in Atlanta, Georgia. Since this particular exhibit was a temporary one, it was virtually a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our students. Touring this exhibit was a magnificent culminating activity to an interdisciplinary unit on the Titanic that was, in part, made possible by Paradise Empowers. We truly appreciate the financial support!"
Middle School Teacher
Meet Our Board of Directors
PRESIDENT and CO-FOUNDER: Michele Wilson
OCCUPATION: President, PEI, Inc.
QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteer with various programs within churches, schools and other organizations, mentoring, personally and corporately supporting orphanages, foreign student sponsorship to U.S. college (actually opening her own home to one student for 2 years), among other services. Owner of multiple corporations and companies involving coordination and implementation of freight transportation services; customer service, sales and all aspects of operations. Participation/volunteer involving underprivileged children and orphanages.
VICE PRESIDENT and CO-FOUNDER: Victoria P. Carver
OCCUPATION: President, PEI Logistics, Inc.
QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteer, big sister, mentor, board member, etc. with multiple organizations including churches, schools, other non-profits, supporting missions, orphanages, Habitat for Humanity, etc. not just with funds but physically “getting her hands dirty”. Owner of multiple corporations and companies involving coordination and implementation of freight transportation services; customer service, sales and all aspects of operations. Participated in various mentoring and other functions involving youth.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Nedrah L. Weaver
OCCUPATION: Accountant/Group Administrator
QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteer with special needs children, former President of disabled children’s organization including all aspects. Coordination and implementation of management, finance and liaison.Management, accounting, organization, coordination and liaison.
SECRETARY/TREASURER: Ann Dobbertin
QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteer with various church programs and school programs including fundraising events such as festivals, carnivals, and PTA, etc. Extensive background in accounting, marketing development and statistics reporting.
ADVISER: Helen Zysk
OCCUPATION: Operations Manager
QUALIFICATIONS: Volunteers with sports/recreation programs including softball, dance and other activities. Wide-range involvement with assorted programs for children and elderly. Meticulous management in business administration and operations, including supervision of staff.
TECHNOLOGY ADVISER: Jay Patterson
OCCUPATION: Executive Director, Premier Expediters, Inc.
QUALIFICATIONS: Network and computer systems administration, implementation of mission critical applications, contract negotiations, project management and marketing development. Past volunteer at Riverdale Athletic Association.