Lori Conley is the full time Executive Director of Empower Youth. She serves alongside her husband. At this moment, her job, beyond raising funds for the programs we currently have in operation, is to begin raising funds for an administrative budget that would allow Scott and Lori both to be full time. The work of Empower Youth is growing so rapidly that it truly takes 180% of Lori and all the time Scott has when he isn’t working his 12 hour days. Along with their son Davis, they give their all to leveraging resources against the Appalachian poverty around them to give students a hand up.

Of course, there is heartache and great joy in the work of Empower Youth. Not all of those little whims are necessarily front page news but still they provide great insight to the work of Scott and Lori and their heart. This little blog is dedicated to giving a snapshot of day to day thoughts, obstacles, victories… little things that find a stubborn place in Lori’s heart.