James Madison University
college of health and behavioral studies

Empowerment3 - Families | Professionals | Community

Empowerment3 (E3)

Center for Physical Activity and Wellness for the Underserved

About E3


We seek to empower individuals and their families, professionals (in-service and pre-service), and communities, using the vehicles of physical activity and mentorship.

What We Do

E3 conducts programming, research, training, and support to improve the physical and mental health as well as the quality of life, of underserved populations.

Who We Serve

E3’s health promotion efforts serve Individuals with disabilities, older adults, chronic conditions, refugees, at-risk youth, and many others.


E3 explores questions across participants, families, pre-service/in-service professionals, and communities. E.g., barriers to participation; improvements in physical and mental health, movement behaviors, and social determinants of health; knowledge and efficacy changes. We are open to other research interests and partners that enhance our ongoing work.

Opportunities within E3

E3 is excited to offer volunteer, fieldwork, and paid opportunities for 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Volunteer and Fieldwork
  • Student worker (part time)
  • Graduate assistants and Post Doctoral Fellowship. (link attached PDF)
  • Research and Interprofessional Partner

Enroll in an Upcoming Program

See our Fall 2022 Program Guide with lots of face to face and virtual options:


English Program Guide


Spanish Program Guide

E3 Programs

Overcoming Barriers

Weekly Physical Activity Mentorship Programs

Ages/Population: 3-93; Individuals with ANY Disability
Offerings: Fitness, Self Defense, Gymnastics, Aquatics, Movement Education, etc.


(Transforming Health through Relationships via In-Person and Virtual Environments)

Turning Homes into Physical Activity Spaces through Mentorship & Social Connection

Ages/Population: 2-99; Citizens of all ability levels w/ health (e.g. diabetes) and movement needs
Offerings: Asynchronous Activities, Virtual Programs/Events, and/or Face-to-Face Opportunities

THRIVE Participant Guide (PDF)
THRIVE Clinician/Service Provider Guide (PDF)
THRIVE Educator Guide (PDF)

Shenandoah Valley Inclusive Wellness Coalition

Building Community Capacity to Support Wellness for All

Ages/Population: Individuals w/ disabilities, families, wellness organizations, advocacy organizations
Offerings: Training, Technical Assistance, and Promotion of Member Organizations’ Opportunities

Ability First

Transforming Homes, Schools, and Communities (Rural and Statewide)

Ages/Population: 2-99; Individuals with I/DD, EBD and mobility disabilities; older adults
Offerings: NexJ Health, Exercise Buddy, THRIVE, Capacity Building of Community Organizations