Our Organization

Founded by Cathy Warshaw, CPC, ELI-MP
Established in April 2016, 501c3 approved June 15, 2016   Tax ID: #81-2530289
Board of Directors formed May 2016

Our Mission 

We envision a community where all youth have a solid foundation of self-esteem, confidence, and character empowering them to conquer life's obstacles and strive for success.

We will provide age appropriate educational programs for youth 7-18 years of age that enable them to make good decisions for themselves and their future.

 Meet the Board of Directors


 Cathy Warshaw, CPC, ELI-MP
Founder & Board President

Cathy Warshaw brings with her 35 years of experience in the business, teaching and non-profit world as our Founder and President of the Board. Her "make it happen" attitude is the driving force behind Empowering the Youth of Today.
Cathy is a survivor and knows first-hand how crucial it is for kids to have caring adult role models in their lives to help them develop high self-esteem, confidence, and the skills to overcome life's obstacles.
As a certified life coach she has a deep passion for helping others to live their best possible life. Cathy believes that all people regardless of age or economic status should have access to quality education and skills. She lives in Upland, California with her husband and their black lab, Charlie. 
 Brian Warshaw
Vice President of the Board 
Brian is our Vice President of the Board. As a retired district sales manager and former President/CEO of Satera Corporation, Brian has agreed to lend his executive management and administration experience to Empowering the Youth of Today.
He raised two children as a single parent and is keenly aware of how to help kids develop the strong core of skills they need to become successful adults.
He is well liked by all that know him because of his gregarious and empathetic personality. Brian discovered ham radios at the young age of thirteen. He has been a ham radio operator ever since and communicates with people all over the world.



Randa Wren
Board Treasurer  

Randa Wren is our Treasurer of the Board and has over 25 years of accounting experience in the construction, manufacturing, and apparel industries.

In 2012, she joined a nonprofit working with new start-up nonprofits. Randa has a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge to help nonprofits in her community.

She has lent her talents as a volunteer for many nonprofits including Cub Scout Leader, Cub Scout Board, Christmas Boutique Committee at Zion Lutheran in Anaheim and East Anaheim Baseball Board.

Randa lives with her husband and 3 children in Anaheim, CA.




 Meet Our Team


Terra Bruns
Adaptive Curriculum Coordinator

Terra Bruns has wide-ranging talents that she brings to Empowering the Youth of Today, and we are proud to have her with us!  She is a certified life coach, certified Behavior Technician, and is currently working on her Master’s in Behavior Analysis!  She brings a writer’s background, having written for numerous publications, as well as two books that she will release soon.  She has a huge soft spot for our special needs kiddos, and is passionate about bringing a curriculum that will help ALL kids THRIVE! Terra, above all else, is a smart, compassionate, well-loved by everyone type of person, and we welcome her!


Varda Sarif Schaffman
Educational Director

Varda earned her Bachelor’s Degree and began teaching, in her childhood home country of South Africa, as an elementary art teacher in Johannesburg, where she was then tasked with launching a brand new school. Her desire to see more of the world then took her to Israel where she taught English as a second language to both children and adults.

Varda met her husband, and they came to the USA where her daughter was born. During 7 years spent directing an after school program, she developed a passion for mentoring and training teachers. She earned her Master’s in Education in Connecticut.

When Varda’s own children reached school age, she pursued her love of teaching and taught various subjects to a wide array of learners. Her lessons were infused with key social competencies like conflict resolution, interpersonal skills, positive self-esteem, and good decision making. Varda was privileged to share her love of teaching and child development with student teachers as they fulfilled their practical hours in her classroom while earning their teaching certification.

Varda is excited to be a part of Empowering the Youth of Today. She looks forward to supporting a new cadre of teachers as they coach our youth to make good decisions for themselves and their future.