Spiritual Empowerment

Become a part of something greater than yourself.

Our Spiritual Empowerment Circles help young people become their best selves and create more meaningful connections.

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Welcome to Our Spiritual Empowerment Circles

We Are One Human Family!

“I think that from this class, I really learned how to become more aware about myself and about those around me. This journey has been amazing and I highly recommend it.”

Faith Wang

Spirituality is an individual practice and has to do with having a sense of peace and purpose. It also relates to the process of developing beliefs around the meaning of life and connection with others.

Our Spiritual Empowerment Circles help young people become their best selves and create more meaningful connections.

We bring youth together to learn about each other’s faiths, cultures, discuss solutions to social issues such as racism, gender equity, allyship and much more. We also help students connect with their own internal compass through meditation, mindfulness and grounding.

By participating in these circles, you will also be eligible for service learning hours (subject to school approval)

This opportunity is open to ALL high-school students age 14-18, no matter your faith or beliefs.

Here, we celebrate unity and diversity.


Create a Sense of Community, Belonging and Connectedness at a Deeper Level.

Our Spiritual Empowerment Circles are a series of 8-week classes discussing spirituality, human virtues, world religions and cultures, and how we can use these universal lessons to better ourselves and the world around us.

Circles take place once a week for 8 weeks with a maximum of 9 participants.
The last session is a Service Day, where you will work together to create change in your community.

Collaborate with other students your age to form an unshakeable bond and have an open dialogue about spirituality and important social issues.

Conclude these lessons through real world service to spread peace and create greater unity of humanity.


Circle 1

Discover the World Faiths creating a safe, inspiring, inclusive circle of friends.

Circle 2

Open to the journey of how meditation, prayer, breathing techniques and studying virtues can enlighten and inspire us, and create a world embracing view.

Circle 3

Faith in Action – How do we make the world a better place? This circle will work towards solutions for racial unity, wealth disparity and many other social issues, and put the virtues learned in Circle 2 into action.

Spiritual Mentors

Meet Steve Sarowitz

Founder, Paylocity, Billionaire Philanthropist, Film Producer, Passionate World Peace Advocate

Steve Sarowitz is Founder and Chairman of Paylocity, a leading U.S. provider of payroll and HR solutions. In addition, Steve also serves as CEO of Blue Marble, an international payroll provider, and as Director of Payescape, a UK payroll provider. He is also an international philanthropist with an interest in creating unity by promoting universal education and advocating for the elimination of racism, sexism, nationalism and religious prejudice. He also serves on the board of NCAT, an organization that builds state-of-the art training centers in urban areas.

In his second career as a filmmaker, Steve is now a partner with Justin Baldoni in Wayfarer Studios and executive producer of the Disney movie Clouds. Steve served as Executive Producer for the award-winning documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise. Steve also produced a groundbreaking documentary called The Gate: Dawn of the Baha’i Faith, about the Bab, the Prophet Herald of the Baha’i Faith.

Steve is an avid runner who has been inducted into the Chicago Area Runners Association Hall of Fame and is a 3-time winner of the MSE Division in the Chicago Chase Corporate Challenge. Steve is married with 2 children and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois.

Learn more about Steve during his bi-weekly podcast: Humanity Rising VOICES Podcast Series – Creating World Peace Through Unity

Meet Cheryl Romanowski

Teacher, Coach, and Spiritual Seeker

Cheryl Romanowski

Cheryl Romanowski has made it her life’s work to teach, coach and empower teens to be their best self. She spent twenty years in The Netherlands where she coached youth sport and taught English as a second language. Her passion is to guide teens along their spiritual path, to awaken them to love for themselves and others. Cheryl is a spiritual seeker and has studied and practiced Christianity, Buddhism and is a member of the Baha’i faith.

Cheryl has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Loyola University and a Master of Kinesiology from University of Illinois at Chicago. She has two teenage daughters and resides in New Jersey.

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