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

2023 Fashion Show Details

BE A Champion Fundraiser Fashion Show Gala will feature our youth models and parents walking while displaying wear from our local and national designers. That goal of the event is to educate people about Being a Champion and standing our ground when it comes to any forms of bullying. The exchange is to focus on how we are all different from what we look like, how we affect one another, and understanding the difference socially, physically, and mentally. Our take-away is for Guests to become more aware of Empower Up and being able to celebrate while appreciating our diversity together.



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.


Commerce Announces Elevate Cbus Class Five Graduates

40 Central Ohio professionals named to fall 2022 graduating class

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is honoring 40 Central Ohio leaders for their participation in its member-exclusive professional development program, Elevate Cbus.

“Elevate Cbus is a very important program for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and is supporting members of our business communities and workforce in professional development. As the Columbus Region’s largest business membership organization, we look forward to the growth and success to come,” said Don DePerro, Columbus Chamber president and CEO. “We are proud to recognize the participants of our fifth class of Elevate Cbus for their dedication and tireless work.”

Women Empowerment 03-05-23

Last week Empower our Youth Foundation and other amazing local women business owners in Columbus were featured on the show celebrating Women's Empowerment!!!! Check it out! Do you see any fabulous #businessowners you know on the segment? Give them a shout

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

Warm Community Drive

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.

As many as 2.5 million youths per year experience homelessness. Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines as well as their sense of stability and safety, many youths experiencing homelessness are also victims of trauma.

Empower our Youth Foundation is collecting new and gently used outwear to provide families basic needs.

Our mission of Empowering our community to bring hope and joy during this holiday season.


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 152 Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


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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.