Taking a trip through Bethel, you can essentially find everything you need. We have various fast food chains, a sit down home style diner or two, two pizza places, a couple of drug stores, a 5 and Dime, churches on the main drag and some stacked just one street back–we have it all! We have a community park and schools with dedicated teachers. In essence, this little town is probably like most others.
Except when you start really walking the streets and you see the abandoned homes. It may look like most others til you realize that just this morning a young man passed out from overdosing in a parking lot of one of our local restaurants, his needles and drug paraphanelia scattered around him–a needle still stuck in his arm.
Once a year, our Primary school has a talent show. I have to say that place is packed. This year I watched our little Kindergarten class perform their special songs. They were singing monkeys in a tree and all about peanut butter and jelly. Those children were full of energy and the house came alive. In 12 years, these students will be graduating. What will their future be? Who will they become?
We all have a responsibility to our youth. We all can make a difference.
We are a grassroots organization committed to driving the message to our youth that they can indeed break through poverty, drug addiction, and neglect to become empowered to do great things. We believe there is potential in every child–if we get to them in time and show them that there is life beyond the drugs being dealt at the back of the restaurant parking lot. We secured our website domain as empoweryouth.me. Honestly, that’s where its starts. If you won’t take a minute to empower youth then when will they get the courage to step up to bigger challenges. Children can’t achieve what they haven’t been exposed to– many of our students can do so much more– they just need you.
Empower youth begins with me. Empower youth begins with you.
Please join us in this mission– we need volunteers and funds. If you can help please fill out the form below or click on our donate now page to put some traction to your action.
Posted on April 22, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged bethel, bethel ohio, community christian church, donations, drugs, educate, empower youth, kids in poverty, lori conley, needles, needy, poverty, resources, students, teens, working poor. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.