Horizon Science Student

At Horizon this week, we have a couple students we want to highlight. First is Ibrahima Bah, he is a senior attending Horizon Science Academy HS. He is an active member in the classroom, in the community, and around the school.

The next student is, Salman Nurani. He has been spending his free time volunteering with the Empower Our Youth Foundation with Tonya Kelly

Women Empowerment 03-05-23

The full On n About segment is on all ABC 6 WSYX-TV and social media platforms!

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. Thank you to Reporter Kayla May for an exciting opportunity to share the wonderful things we are doing to bring awareness and advocacy against all forms of bullying 💙

J.P. Morgan Chase announces plan to invest millions into Columbus Black woman-owned businesses


COLUMBUS, Ohio — According to the American Express Woman Owned Business Report, Black women are the fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs in the U.S.

Tonya Kelly is a mom and fourth-grade teacher in Columbus. She started Empower Our Youth Foundation a few years ago, after her two daughters experienced bullying in school. She had a problem she wanted to address, but struggled to get the capital and resources to make her nonprofit an active solution. Read the article here---->>>


Was an amazing DAY!!

During the thick of Ohio’s hot, humid summers, the last thing on most people’s minds is a winter coat. Not so for many officers in the Columbus Division of Police (CPD) and other central Ohio departments. As officers patrol during winter, they notice children without warm coats and the image of shivering kids sticks with them all year long.

Empowerment Congressional Recognition

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 Read More--->>

Ayesha Curry Advocates For Women Minority Business Ownership

Ayesha Curry, a cooking Television Personality, cookbook author, and entrepreneur, took part in the Dublin Women Leaderboard Breakfast at the Exchange at Bridge Park in Dublin, Ohio. The event was part of the One million black woman initiative, in which Curry is on the advisory council board. Read More---->

Pitch Competition & Graduation

Empower our Youth Foundation recently received grant funding from Pitch Competition & Graduation. Thank you for the support and donations that made this event that much more magical. View more images.

Sahara and Kids in Community Service

I was always interested in doing something for the community but the day the schools closed in March 2020 was the day I thought about kids who rely on school breakfasts and lunches. We started Sahara to help school kiddos. But after realizing the impact of the pandemic we expanded to helping individuals experiencing homelessness and families who are struggling. We evolved and expanded per the need, we all know domestic violence increased during the pandemic, and the shelters are overwhelmed, so we try to help kids in shelters too. Read the article---->>

Girls On The Run.

About So Much More Than Running
The mission for, “Girls on the run”, is to teach young girls how to build confidence and demonstrate a positive character to respect themselves and others. They also learn how to care for those around them and form connections with girls within their networks. They teach the value of competence because we may be from different communities, but learning the importance of skill-building is good if an individual wishes to be effective when faced with various tasks or presented with multiple opportunities.


The organizations international headquarter is in Charlotte, North Carolina, and 1996 was when the dream all began to increase positive youth development. Educator and Ironman, Molly Barker, the founder of “Girls on the Run”, started with 13 girls to encourage elementary and middle schools girls to become more active in the community and build confidence within themselves. Read More--->>