Arielle Johnson became a mom at age 19, and overcame the challenges of domestic violence, supporting a child alone and getting through College. Arielle was successful as a result of the positive social network of women she had access to as a Student at Michigan State University. When she thought about the young ladies back home in Detroit who were in her situation, but did not have access to a social network that could empower them, she started Fierce (Female Icons Encouraging Real Concepts of Empowerment).
Fierce Empowerment was initially started in 2012 as a mentoring support organization for Teen Moms, and has grown into a thriving Women's Empowerment organization that provides programming and services through 4 initiatives, Fierce Families, Fierce Mentors, Fierce Professionals & Fierce Communities.
Fierce Families execute playgroups for parents to learn different ways to encourage learning for their young children through play. Parents not only connect with their children in our playgroups, but with each other who all come from different backgrounds and professionals that can contribute to their positive social network.
Fierce Communities work with volunteers and community partners to put on large events and programs that encourage a sense of responsibility and passion for our community.
Fierce Professionals host workshops and learning opportunities for women who need connection to career pathways, or guidance chance careers.
Fierce Mentors provide mentor connections and experiences for women of all ages, but with a focus on youth ages 12 - 18. All Fierce mentors are trained and equipped with research and strategy on successful mentor relationships. All mentees are required to develop a goal strategy and execution plan within the 12 month program.