Meet the Founders

Together to Empower was founded in 2015 by two sisters with a dream to empower girls around the world.

Michelle Qin

Sophia Qin



​Michelle Qin is a 11th grader at Dos Pueblos High School in Santa Barbara, California. Michelle has always strived to be a good role model by giving back to her community and school. Michelle served as Student Body president for two consecutive years, and is currently a student in the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy. As a person who loves science, she realized how scarce the female population is in STEM-related careers that are leading our world. Yet, she strongly believes that ​​​​everyone has the potential to make a change, no matter differences in gender, age, race, or anything. Michelle is driven to apply her leadership skills to help lower the barriers girls face in underdeveloped countries, and empower girls to take on their dreams with no hesitance or fear.

In her free time, Michelle enjoys teaching STEAM classes at the Girls Inc., playing Debussy on the piano, and creative writing. 
Sophia Qin is a freshman studying Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UC Berkeley. Her passion for helping others flourished when she became actively involved as a teen board member of the YMCA four years ago, helping struggling teens and families locally achieve their goals by giving them access to new opportunities. She is best known for leading the Youth and Family Campaign, with her hurdle raising over $11,000 in a four week period annually.  Her love for helping girls attain their full potential bloomed when she founded the Girls for Change club at her school four years ago. She recognized the need to help globally and locally, and so during the summer of 2015, she started the Popcorn Project with her sister to sponsor girls in Guatemala's biggest dump city, La Antigua. Ever since then, she has worked tirelessly to bring hope, education, and empowerment to both her community and to girls in underdeveloped areas. ​​