#EMPOWER

by Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice (EYEJ)

We are so grateful for the support we have received for the #EMPOWER campaign. Because of you, EYEJ: Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice has been able to facilitate Discussion Series events, provide support to the EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council and work on developing pathways for our youth for more positive impact.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many members of the EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council are struggling to have their basic needs met. EYEJ serves youth whose families struggle with stable income, food insecurity, reliable transportation, supporting healthcare costs, and more. 

Because this pandemic is disproportionally affecting the youth and families we serve, we have decided that beginning in March, funding raised during COVID-19 will be donated directly to our youth so that they can help support their households. The money will go towards supporting bills, rent, healthcare costs, and food to ensure that our youth can support themselves in times of crisis. We have raised more than $3,000 so far and will continue to divert funds raised to support our youth through this crisis. 

We realize that we’re all adjusting to a new environment, one that requires new ways of learning and engaging with one another online. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to announce we will be launching two new programs for 6th-8th grade youth.


The programs include:

All-Star Reading Program. The EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council will facilitate online reading programs for youth.

The Youths Online Discussing Justice (Y.O.D.J.) Program, which is a stem from the Discussion Series program. This program will follow the same style as the Discussion Series but will be facilitated online and will conclude with a Photography Project which will be displayed online.


Your donation today will help:

• The EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council cover household costs for bills, healthcare, food, and more while they are sheltered in place.

• Deploy the technology and online instructional infrastructure needed to deliver learning programs while youth remain sheltered in place.


Please note that Congress is urging tax payers to donate to non-profits during this period. Due to the new CARES Act it is possible for U.S. tax papers to donate a single donation of $300 and it be deductible for tax year 2020 (couple $600 max). Additionally, corporations can take a deduction up to 25% of taxable income and finally if tax payers don't need their $1,200 stimulus check, Congress is recommending to donate. We’d like to ask for your contribution, and you can designate your gift towards either EYEJ initiative through this website and we appreciate your doing so.

Thank you for supporting Cleveland’s youth during a time when they need us most.

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