Meet J.V.H Empower

Jenny Hicks

Jenny Hicks is a creative professional with extensive project experience from concept to development. Talents include human centered facilitation, community building & organizing, brokering partnerships & resources, cultivating systems of continuous learning, 


Jenny is known for developing and delivering engaging professional developments and instructional coaching for thousands of childhood defenders throughout the state and nation.

Jenny believes that by empowering one person, you can empower many, and she is committed to seeing people and creating platforms for them to be heard. 

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Vanessa Hernandez

Vanessa Hernandez is an innovator of resilience with a demonstrated history of working in various settings that serve youth, families and seniors.

She is a strong leader with expertise in Mental Health, Community Building, Program and Project Management, Facilitation, Resource and Training Development, Coaching,

Event Planning, Public Speaking and Program Development and Evaluation.


Vanessa is committed to creating safe and supportive spaces for all childhood defenders to learn and lead as they do the work to ensure all youth are seen and heard.

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K-12 Tutor

"Most supportive presenters! Made me feel like I can make a positive changes for my community."

Housing  Services Director

"JVH provided invaluable training for our staff we would not have otherwise had. JVH augmented the quality of our programming by giving us the lens to see what is possible from other agencies." 

Site Coordinator

"Vanessa & Jenny have great ideas and energy. They are very uplifting ladies and presenters."


Oakland, CA 94603

Tel: 510-387-2904

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