Empower our Youth Foundation offers youth empowerment programs to students, families, and educators to learn about bullying prevention, giving our youth a voice. We are a national 501c3 non-profit organization for youth ages 5-17 years old.


Dear Empower You!

Students and families, please share your bullying experience and how it has impacted you.

Share your Truth and Rise up!  Be a voice for our youth against bullying.

All submissions stay anonymous.

Empower Our Youth Fashion Show


Your favorite Antibullying Fashion show event was back in 2022. The Celebrate Life and Diversity Antibullying Fashion Show Gala was held at the amazing Columbus Museum of Art (CMOA), Sunday, August 21st in Columbus, OH.

About Us

The Empower our Youth Foundation provides initial and expanding services for families, youth, and the community on reporting all forms of bullying to the appropriate authorities. CEO/Founder Tonya Kelly is very passionate about her organization as an elementary school educator and parent of children who have been bullied.

Vela Student Champion

Congratulations Promise Parker! You have been chosen to be one of our VELA Student Champions! A VELA Student Champion is someone who exemplifies the values of the school or program they participate in. By highlighting their strengths— from perseverance to innovation to leadership– VELA wants to celebrate these exceptional students and inspire our whole community with their stories.


Empower Our Youth In The News

Empower our youth in the news

Empower our Youth Foundation Board members," states every child deserves to know how to stand up and be a voice for themselves and others against all forms of bullying."

It's critical for us to find solutions, especially during the pandemic to provide social-emotional learning support and virtual learning services to our families and youth to thrive.

Empower our Youth Foundation is based in Columbus, OH, and has expanded the nonprofit organization to the Erie, PA community. It's important for Tonya Kelly, CEO/Founder to get funding to continue to build and support youth bullying resource efforts.

We are thrilled to share our organization is featured in The Columbus Dispatch 

Empowerment Recognition

Congressional Recognition for antibullying work
Congressional Recognition for antibullying work
Empower Our Youth
Received Reynoldsburg Resolution recognizing Antibullying Prevention Month
Empower Our Youth Received Reynoldsburg Resolution recognizing Antibullying Prevention Month
Empower Our Youth
Received Reynoldsburg Resolution recognizing Antibullying Prevention Month
Empower Our Youth Received Reynoldsburg Resolution recognizing Antibullying Prevention Month

So proud of the recognitions that are coming for Empower Our Youth Foundation.
Home Town Hero Hosted by Sunny 95 - Columbus, OH. The announcement is playing on stations QFM96: WLVQ-FM 96.3


Empowerment Day Video

CUL Empowerment Day

Many of you asked to watch the program and I'm so excited to share the Empowerment Day recording.

2022 Changemaker Award


Tonya Kelly, MEd, is the CEO/Founder of the 501c3 non-profit organization called Empower our Youth Foundation. Tonya by career is a fourth-grade teacher at Horizon Science Academy Elementary in Columbus, Ohio. The organization began in 2017 when her second daughter experienced being bullied till she had thoughts of suicide. With both of her daughters being bullied, she witnessed firsthand the negative impacts, the family emotions, and experiences that damage a child’s self-esteem and quality of life. Read the article here--->>

For National Charter Schools Week 2022, we recognize 10 school leaders, teachers, parents, and advocates in the charter schools who have an outsized impact in their communities. Learn more about the 2022 Changemakers



Monday, June 208:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

New teachers are often energized and full of excitement, but they can simultaneously be filled with anxiety as they transition from studying to practical application in their classrooms. Join Tonya Kelly, a fourth-grade teacher at Horizon Science Academy Elementary in Columbus, Ohio, and National Alliance 2022 Changemaker for a homeroom dedicated to new teachers and the technique of creating E.P.I.C kids in your classroom. Read More--->>

Our Services

  • Support for Bullying Prevention for Youths & At-Risk teens ages 5-17 of all ethnicities & cultures, low income families, LBGTU Identity
  • Safe Place to Report Personal Bullying Incidents to the Authorities
  • Mentorship & Tutoring Holistic Social Emotional Learning
  • Health & Wellness Education
  • Antibullying Official Reporting
  • Community Events
  • Antibullying Awareness & More
  • We give youth a VOICE!

1-(614) 928-0016

PO Box 13817 Columbus, OH 43213


Tonya Kelly MEd Schedule time with me

Dear Empower

Stand up and be a voice for our youth against bullying!

Dear Empower is an opportunity to talk anonymously about your experience with bullying.