James Madison University

Empowerment3 - Families | Professionals | Community

Dr. Thomas Moran

Director

PHOTO: Tom Moran

Hello Families

Welcome to our newly formed academic center – Empowerment3 – The Center for Physical Activity and Wellness for Underserved Youth. Our mission is to empower underserved youth, their parents, current professionals, future professionals, and community organizations.  Our academic center is dedicated to providing high quality programming, research, and education to impact a highly underserved population: Individuals with Disabilities.  

My passion is to not only create programming and educational opportunities in which we improve the quality of instruction and support provided to underserved youth, but to create programming where the populations interact and mutually benefit one another.  The mentoring model that is currently used in Overcoming Barriers and Project Balance is Mentor (teacher) to Mentee (student).  Our future goal is, in addition to mentor-mentee to have mentee-mentee (cross age and same age peer) modeling where individuals with disabilities and at-risk youth work together and help meet each other's needs.  For current and future professionals, our goal is to have programs and research opportunities that not only provide hands on experiences, but provide a medium for them to receive the training and instructional support they need to work with underserved youth in their respective fields.

I invite you to check out our website to learn more about our center and the programs/services we offer.  Feel free to contact me to learn more about our programming or to share any comments.  If you are interested in enrolling your child, student, etc in our program please contact us.  If you would like to get more involved, or partner with us action – we would love to hear from you.   If you would like to see a program in action – we welcome you!  Making the impact we desire cannot be done with one or two people – it takes a community!

Best wishes,
Thomas E. Moran, Ph.D, CAPE.
morante@jmu.edu