…empowering youth to create their own resources,

…reaching beyond their circumstances to be leaders of society



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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.

Donate your time, talent, and finances.

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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Community picnic poster 8x11

Community picnic poster 8×11

Building relationships is the foundation of all that we do! Our Summer Party in the Park Picnics help us cultivate relationships that bring the community together, showcase some amazing companies, churches, and other organizations, and introduce our community to a fantastic variety of talent!

Last year we served more than 5000 meals throughout the summer!

When: Every Wednesday June 6-August 8, 2018

Time: 6-8pm

Cost: Free to the Public

We are now looking for companies, churches, and other organizations to sponsor the picnics. Sponsors are asked to provide enough food for 500 people. Sponsors may team up together to split the cost of the meal and the labor.  We ask that sponsors send a team to serve as well.  In return, we publicize our sponsors on facebook as well as on our website.

If you are interested in sponsoring a picnic in whole or part, please contact Lori Conley at toempoweryouth@gmail.com.

This year we booked so much entertainment that we almost couldn’t get to everyone! We even had two stages running on our last night. This is a big deal for any artist to perform. Please contact Scott Conley at toempoweryouth@gmail.com if you are interested in performing at one of the picnics.


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