Our vision is to create a system of support for vulnerable children where they have access to education and healthcare, in a world free from violence, where they are empowered to not only reach their potential but to live their legacy of helping others.
There is no duty more important than ensuring that children’s rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear. ~Kofi Annan
We believe there is no better investment than supporting the education of children in the world. In developing countries we provide this support in several ways to help ensure a quality education. Through education, families are able to break the cycle of poverty.
Just one positive connection to a caring adult has been shown to make a difference in the success of a child. Through our Empower Youth Leadership Conferences and programs we provide that connection. Participants come together and learn skills that build confidence.
We know that without safe housing, medical services, proper nutrition, and a support system, children will not be able to focus on their learning. Without this support, even the most motivated student ends up leaving school.
Working in concert with local leaders and organizations we are able to support children and families who are victims of poverty, malnutrition, violence, and disaster to bridge the next steps in their survival and recovery.
Recent Blog Posts
One of my favorite memories from childhood was a carnival that I organized as a 10-year-old for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation. I clearly remember Jerry Lewis inviting kids to get involved fundraising by hosting a carnival in their neighborhood. It seemed like a fun thing to do for a good cause. As you can see…
“The hopes and dreams in a mother’s heart are the same anywhere in the world.” This quote from Dr. Gary Parker, who runs Mercy Ships Africa, sums up the experiences of so many who work with children and families throughout the world. Dr. Gary is a surgeon who has traveled the world almost his…
Our second Empowering Youth Leadership Conference was a big success this spring. Twenty middle school students participated in the day-long event which included several activities to help develop personal leadership skills. We kicked off the day with setting our group norms and then brainstormed how we would change the world. This activity led to our…