What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?
The purpose of Empower Youth is to emancipate the young people we serve and their families from the bondage of generational poverty. We accomplish this by providing resources, fostering relationships and aiding in education. The ultimate goal is to enable our students to become self-sufficient, resourceful, goal oriented adults. One of the most common attributes of poverty is food insecurity. We help combat this food insecurity for our students by providing a Mid-week meal to them free of charge and by offering weekend food packs which are bags of grocery items they can take home with them to help bridge the gap over the weekends when they do not have access to free/reduced lunch provided by the schools.
How will you use the $10k?
As our weekend food pack program is an ongoing program during the school year. As such these funds will be used to purchase food items for the backpack meal program. These are grocery items such as canned goods (ravioli, and spaghetti), breakfast items, shelf stable milk items, fruit cups, snack bars, etc.
What impact do you hope to make?
We currently provide weekend food packs for nearly 400 students in the 7 schools we are working with. This number has increased every year since our founding. We began in 2015 with 25 students receiving food packs in 1 school. Last year we had increased that number to nearly 200 students in 4 schools and this year we are serving nearly 400.