The Evoluer House is a dynamic and innovative non-profit organization that empowers at-risk girls by nurturing positive self-expression and personal development.
The target population is girls of color in Philadelphia who are experiencing a unique set of social and emotional challenges and barriers. Our curriculum is designed to promote emotional, mental, and social well-being and to provide girls the tools they will need to make positive choices over a twelve-week program.
Evoluer House provides a safe community for girls to share experiences and learn both from and alongside one another.
We opened our doors to Philadelphia teens and began our mission in 2004. Since our inception, we have grown tremendously and, to date, over 800 girls have graduated from our core program – the Evoluer Personal Development Workshop – which offers a positive, reality-based learning experience for girls and promotes self-image, ambition, and true personal development.
Our program challenges girls to think bigger, dream higher, love the skin they are in, and be the best they can be.
Through Evoluer House’s award-winning, signature 12-week Personal Development Workshop, girls are given techniques, insights, training and a platform for discussion. The program meets girls where they are, acknowledging the reality and pressures facing so many of today’s girls. Working within this reality, the program provides:
Taught by an acclaimed team of youth development, human resource, education and image professionals, this 8-week program provides teen girls with the social, resume-writing and communication skills they need to land a job, keep a job, and advance in their lives and careers.
Since the start of 2009, Executive Director, Cheryl Ann Wadlington, has received seven awards recognizing her outstanding leadership, including a Philadelphia City Council Citation, honoring her excellent work on behalf of young people; The State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Citation for being named to the Trenton Public School Wall of Heroes in recognition of distinguished service to the community, which has provided a model of excellence that will encourage and inspire youth; The Northwest Neighborhood Change Agent Award for building stronger and safer communities in Northwest Philadelphia; Women of Substance and Style Award, honoring women who have made a mark in Philadelphia; the FBH Philadelphia Fashion Week Diamond Award for committed dedication to the empowerment of teen girls; a 7th Senatorial District (State Senator Vincent Hughes) Community Service Award; and the Superwoman Award dedicated to women who have worked to strengthen the Philadelphia community.
In 2013, Black Enterprise recognized Evoluer House as an "everyday hero" in their "Women of Power Special" alongside other noteworthy institutions as the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, for their outstanding work with girls. Evoluer House has also been featured repeatedly in national and local newspapers and on radio and television programs as a leading organization in helping girls to reach their full potential.