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Empowered U

Youth Connections (YC)

Combating Poverty through Education


Empowered U-YC
  • Exploring career opportunities

  • Creating a resume and building interviewing skills

  • Money Management

  • Life Skills

  • College Readiness

  • Leadership Development

  • Homeownership

  • Opportunity to earn incentives based upon successful completion of skill building activities

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What we do


Empowered U-YC program service youth between the ages of 13 to 24, by providing access to resources and activities. Empowered U-YC is an eligibility-based program, designed as an additional resource for mentoring programs and organizations to help youth achieve their goals. We have Coaches trained to help youth navigate through challenges, overcome obstacles, and begin their path to success. 




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Unlock the resources to a better TOMORROW

Empowered U-YC Resource HUB

10 Week Program

Career Development

Discovering my Purpose



Finance Literacy

Leadership Development

Graduation Ceremony

College Scholarships

College scholarships are crucial for students funding their education. They're based on academics, extracurriculars, or talents, and come from various sources. Applicants must prepare materials like essays and transcripts. By actively seeking and applying, students can alleviate financial burdens. Click below to see available scholarships

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Money Management

Youth learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions. Moving into an independent living situation depends upon having the ability to support oneself, set financial objectives, budget for expenses, obtain insurance policies, and manage credit.

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Today's Leader

Leadership, knowing-thyself and self-exploration skills are required in order for youth to learn to lead themselves. Possessing self-exploration skills positions young people to be self-aware and to assess their interests and values, leading them to think critically about their futures.

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Mental Health

It is normal for children and youth to experience different types of emotional distress as they develop and mature. Various factors determine mental health outcomes. The more risk factors adolescents are exposed to, the greater the potential impact on their mental health. Factors that can contribute to stress and anxiety during adolescence include poverty, homelessness, pressure to conform with peers and increased use of technology.


Youth in Crisis

A crisis is any situation in which the child’s behaviors and actions puts them at risk of hurting themselves or others when the parent or guardian isn’t able to resolve the situation with the skills and resources available. Empowered U-YC has connected with community resources for youth crisis intervention.

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Path to Success

The career development process involves  a combination of self-exploration, career exploration, career planning and road mapping. Career-based learning, mock interviews and other hands-on activities, enables youth to develop and practice these skills. Preparing them now to build a career road map will enable them to get a head start in the employment sector.

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Mindset Matters

Through lessons, activities, and resources, youth will learn valuable skills and discover how they are relevant to their lives. Mindset Matters focuses on teaching youth that in everything they pursue their mindset and perspective matters. By focusing on thoughts, youth can change their view on life and getting them to a point of taking ownership of their decisions and become motivated for greatness. This plan supports goal-setting, self-discipline, responsibility and skill development that improve the youth’s sense of hopefulness.

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Higher Education

Access to post-secondary education is a common goal for many youth. Higher Education is increasingly necessary to move out of poverty and live a healthy, productive and intentional life. Youth in poverty face obstacles in transitioning from secondary to higher education, as well as challenges to financial aid, college retention, and higher education completion. We are providing resources needed for youth to access to resources needed to be successful.



Incarceration affects communities by separating families, weakening financial stability and purchasing power.

Two-thirds detained in jails report annual incomes under $12,000. Juvenile reentry consists of reintegrative services designed to prepare juvenile offenders, who were placed out of their homes into to the system, resources to enter back into the community. 

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