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Did you Know…

  • That there are children in this community who don’t have a bed to sleep in, or a pillow to lay their heads on at night? Can you imagine how difficult it must be for them to get a good night’s sleep?
  • Studies have shown poor sleep in children has significant contributions to their school performance, test scores, behavioral problems, and even physiology like the immune system can be impacted negatively.
  • We can do something to help.

At Empower Youth, we believe that every child should be able to sleep well at night, and have the resources and the opportunity to succeed in school.

What we’re doing about it:

We saw this first-hand and have been doing something about it ever since.  For 4 years now, Empower Youth has provided every Kindergartner in the schools we currently serve a pillow and a challenge to Dream Big.  Multi-Color of Norwood, Ohio has once again teamed up to provide 500 pillows for all Kindergarten students.  Along with the pillows comes a tie-dyed pillowcase, with a Dream Big label inside – giving them a glimpse into their bright future that lays in front of them, and a stuffed animal.

Many of the youths we previously provided Dream Big pillows to have often attended Camp with these same pillows!

Providing 500 pillows to all the 2020 Kindergarten students is a huge endeavor.  Our team will be tie-dying 500 pillow cases, applying the Dream Big iron-on label to each pillow case, then stuffing the pillows and a stuffed animal into each one.  Sheila Miller is leading this project, with help from Janelle Baudendistel and the Grant Career Center Cosmetology program, as well as our Career X Live Oaks team led by Alicia Dorsey – each playing a key role in showing others how to lead and serve others with joy while performing hard work.

Here are some photos and videos from past Dream Big events!


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The most important part of the dream big project is the message to the students! This is our first step in building a relationship with them. The relationship between EY and our school students allows us to do even greater things for them in the future like send them to camp and on special leadership opportunities! And soon enough these students will be joining us as an intern at the EY Ranch!