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When Scott and Lori Conley visited the Cape Cod home two streets from their little church, they realized that looks are indeed deceiving. The small “starter” home that had seen better days was the address of a young child and his Dad who had just visited their church. Lori jumped at the chance to visit the little boy with a balloon and plate of cookies. As Scott and Lori approached the door of the house, it appeared that this home had been divided into 5 apartments and the young man’s family name was not on the door. After knocking for a bit, Scott and Lori turned to leave only to be startled by an older gentlemen coming from the side of building. He asked them who they were looking for and after they spoke the name, the man pointed to the cellar saying the single parent family had just moved in there. The cellar door was plywood, there was a padlock on the outside (which meant they weren’t home), and Lori’s heart dropped. Things changed immediately for Lori and Scott. She had her “why” and “now, what” questions answered. This began a heart song for the children of Bethel in poverty and quickly spread to neighboring towns. Within just 3 years of coming to Bethel, Scott and Lori began Empower Youth as a community based initiative to invite the community in to the life of the children who desperately needed them.

Your Vote = $25,000 for EY and Bethel Middle School!

Earlier this Summer, Sandy Marquez our volunteer Education Director applied for a grant with State Farm to fund the leadership program that she directs at Bethel Tate Middle School.

For the last year, Sandy along with other volunteers have been going to the Bethel-Tate Middle School on a regular basis to teach the fundamental leadership principals. The class has been so successful that Sandy developed an entire program called Safety-Net.

The Safety-Net Education program is not just about in school teaching but also takes on tutoring and after school mentoring. When Sandy articulated her needs to State Farm, out of 2000 applicants her application was chosen in the top 200. Now, we need all our friends to help us become in the top 40. This is not a crowd-funding opportunity that we want to pass up.  We need you. The children of Appalachia Ohio need you. We will be using our model from Bethel to teach students in our other schools.

It’s so important to us that we receive the most votes. Please help us. This is what you do:

Here’s how to VOTE:


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Empower Youth serves students in 5 school districts using the time, talent, and finances of the communities around them. We answer the needs of each school in a variety of ways leaving much room for volunteers to find a “niche” to facilitate lasting change in the life of a child.

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As most of you know Lori Conley, our Executive Director, has recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Empower Youth recognizes the significant financial burden this puts on the Conley family as the administrative salary raised for Lori does not come close to compensating her for the work she does. We not only want to continue to support Lori and family with our time and prayers but we also feel it is our obligation to help her overcome the financial hurdles that may come with treatment.

Empower Youth, in partnership with Woodland Lakes Camp, would like to invite you to a fundraiser lunch for Scott and Lori Conley.

Event Date and Time: August 26, 1-3:30pm

Place: Woodland Lakes Christian Camp (aside from the ranch, Lori’s most favorite place to be) 3054 Lindale-Mt Holly Rd, Amelia, OH 45102

Menu: Spaghetti and Meatballs, Breadsticks, Caesar Salad, Drinks, Brownies

Carry out is available!

Ticket Prices:  $12/adult,  $8/child (10 and under),  Free/Infant (2 and under)

There will be an option for additional donations at the event.

Music entertainment and bounce houses will be provided! This is a family friendly event.

Click HERE to Purchase Tickets now so we can be prepared!

or go to this website https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oodles-of-noodles-and-love-scott-and-lori-conley-tickets-48516175186

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