Giving back to the community is very important to Cynthia. She supports many causes but currently is donating a percentage of her most recent book to Girls Today Women Tomorrow. A program which the changes lives of young Latinas in the inner City of Los Angeles.
Four women founded GTWT in 1996 as a small after school club for girls in hopes that it would address the lack of gender-specific programming for females in East Los Angeles, where teenage pregnancy and high school dropout rates are unacceptably high.
These dedicated women knew that these girls just needed some guidance from mentors to reach their goals. As the number of youth participating in the program grew it became a formal project of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. In 2005 GTWT decided to form its own 501(c)3 non-profit so that it could fully support the growing program. After years of utilizing space in local community facilities the program purchased its own property , the GTWT Community Empowerment Center located in the heart of Boyle Heights. The organization continues to grow, graduating a new class of alumni each year, and is currently fundraising to complete the renovation of the Community Empowerment Center.