Thursday, January 2, 2020

Empowering sets aggressive goal for 2020

GREENVILLE - As Empowering Darke County Youth enters its fifth year of academic support for Darke County young people, it also enters its fifth year of new challenges. In order to meet these challenges, it has adopted an aggressive fundraising campaign.

“Our goal is to have a qualified tutor for every two students enrolled in our program,” said Bob Robinson, Empowering Executive Director. “Our volunteers, most of whom are Edison State or area high school students, will be able to work with one student, supported by a tutor who would be working with the other. The end result will be individualized help, or as close as possible, for each student enrolled in the program.”

Due to continually increasing requests, the Empowering After School Tutoring schedule was modified in September to focus on specific grades for each day. This allows for a group work plan, but also makes individualized help possible for some of those who need it.

“We didn’t have the resources to meet all the individual needs, and most of our growth this fall has been from students who need individual help,” Robinson said. “We have great teachers and staff in Darke County; they care about our kids and they help as much as possible as we work with the students who still need extra help.

“I look at some of these Middle School students – we have more than three times as many as we had last year – and I see myself at that age,” Robinson added. “It took me a decade to figure out I could be successful. In today’s world, these kids don’t have the luxury of another 10 years. They need help now.”

In addition to adding tutors, the Empowering fundraising goal includes providing transportation for students who qualify, and resources for students needing help but aren’t able to participate in the support services offered in their districts. Empowering currently serves students in four Darke County school districts.

“This is the time of year when many individuals, businesses and other organizations are considering their giving options, not only for tax purposes but also to support their communities,” Robinson said. “Please consider putting Empowering Darke County Youth on your giving list. We are a 501c3 United Way Partner and we need you. The kids we help – that you are considering helping – are the future of our communities. Help us help them achieve the academic success they need and deserve.”

Gifts may be sent to P.O. Box 1113, Greenville, Ohio 45331. For more information, message Empowering Darke County Youth on Facebook, email: or go to our website,

The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring programs to assist students in the areas of language arts and math with the goal of Strong Students for a Strong Community.

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