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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Emergency Assistance, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: I’m Young and Empowered, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Las Vegas, NV) is an educational and community service movement that is aimed at uprooting the plague of childhood suicides being instigated by the pervasive bullying that our youth are experiencing in the always-on digital age. Our approach is to encourage the development of character in our youth that is founded on core principles of integrity, compassion, and unity as values supporting all humans – without discrimination for any gender, race, religion or other preferences or socio-economic status. Using a variety of inspiring clothing, materials and awards that highlight, recognize and stimulate their continued participation, we encourage these traits by engaging youth in dialogue-based assemblies, interactive presentations and workshops, and pay-it-forward community service activities. We especially encourage “Pay It Forward!” as a factor for developing these qualities – particularly through community service activities involving our youth in seasonal events and collections (such as back-to-school backpacks and supplies, canned foods, Thanksgiving turkeys, winter coats and toys, etc.) so that these items can be provided to anyone in the Las Vegas community needing assistance. In just our first year of existence these engagements have already ranged from mailings to like-minded educators and parents spanning all demographics and persuasions in 35 states, assemblies for nearly 2000 middle school students in North Las Vegas, and a half-dozen special school-year and holiday- oriented community events.

Results: See our GuideStar Profile here: https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/9806399 2019 (1st Year) Highlights * In Kind donations are not calculated into our revenue. In Kind donations go directly to families in need. • $64,800 donations received + $16,300 additional pledges • Bullying prevention & youth empowerment mailings to parents, students and teachers at 98 locations nationwide • Backpacks & school supplies for 50 students • Winter coats for 180 children • Thanksgiving food baskets & goodies bags for 100 families • Christmas gifts for 320 children

Target demographics: Youth / Socio- econamically disadvantaged communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: • Bullying prevention & youth empowerment mailings to parents, students and teachers at 98 locations nationwide • Backpacks & school supplies for 50 students • Winter coats for 180 children • Thanksgiving food baskets & goodies bags for 100 families • Christmas gifts for 320 children

Geographic areas served: Las Vegas, NV / United States

Programs: **I’m Young And Empowered, Inc., has already delivered more than $75,000 of outreach services during the 1st 3 quarters of 2020, and this directly to families who have been especially impacted by the economic fallout from COVID-19** Bullying Prevention Materials/Programs Back to School Supplies Materials for youth volunteer projects Thanksgiving Baskets Christmas Gifts Winter Coats Care Packages ​

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46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Destiny Reeves E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for Elise. She truly cares about the Community, children an families. She takes the time to learn about the families an their individual needs. She's constantly rallying around what's right. Constantly looking for ways to help each family. I first noticed her organization while looking for mental health programs for one of my daughters. She took the time to speak with my daughter. Elise is so relatable, caring an it shows in all she does for people.

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Elise C.3 Appreciate your entire family and all of the pay it forward activities you all have participated in. Big high-fives to Aysha and Shylah:)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We absolutely love Elise and Her Organization @ Im Young And Empowered!! We live all the way down in Alabama, and Elise helps us out in so many ways not only a listening ear but, she’s an amazing person! We are so appreciative for everything she does!! My children refer to her as: “Aunt Elise!” We love what she’s doing!

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Jessica for your families participation in sharing positivity in your community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We absolutely love Elise and Her Organization Im Young And Empowered!! We live in texas and elise helps us out in so many ways not only we are so apprective for everything she does!!

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Veronica and family for always engaging and signing up for every opportunity to share hope and inspiration for the kids in Sabinal:)

3 Shauna R.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm Young And Empowered does so much for the local Las Vegas community as well as across the states that I could write a novel on that alone. However, one aspect that I would like to focus on in this particular review is that from a donors point of view, I know that donations go directly to the families in need. When I donate to other charities I hope that my families donations goes to where it is needed most. At I'm Young And Empowered, I KNOW that our families donations is going to the families that need it the most and I love knowing that. Thank you, Ms. Elise Carey for all of your hard work day in & day out to help our families in need near and far.

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Ms. Shauna and your family for your participation and donations. It is so thoughtful of you for checking in on how the families are doing :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Elise Carey, the founder of I'm Young And Empowered Inc. has a heart of gold! Her mission to spread the word that everyone's voice (young & older) matters is contagious. She is extremely passionate about her non-profit, I'm Young And Empowered. The events that I'm Young And Empowered puts on are fun and informative. I feel very fortunate to have witnessed this baby non-profit be born and growing into something completely amazing and wonderful. I support Elise in her mission and pray that one day the term "bully" will be a thing of the past. "You Matter, I Matter, Stop Bullying!" - Amen!

4 Jasmin1713

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so blessed to have heard about I'm Young and Empowered. Elise has helped my family so much in so many ways. I love how personal she is with everyone. You can tell she is doing this because she genuinely cares about people and you feel the love and her dedication to help. She has helped us with food cards, backpacks, and many other things. Recently she just gave my 8 year old son a gift card and an activity book for his birthday. It was his only present he received this year so you can imagine how happy and grateful him and I were for that. I hope one day I can repay her and help others as well! Thank you so much, I'm Young and Empowered from the bottom of my heart!

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Jasmin and really appreciate your family volunteering in participating in handing out Halloween fun for the kids this year! Bringing smiles to many:)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The best nonprofit in Las Vegas for it to be a small business, Elise organization tremendously helped my family when times have gotten Hard. I’ve been with the organization for a year now & anytime I’m lacking some we are or need something for my family I’m young & empowered is always there to help. She has a wonderful & pure heart, I absolutely recommend this organization.

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Ashley it has been a joy to know your family and miss seeing your beautiful girls:)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled across I'm Young and Empowered on accident during the holidays (Thanksgiving)~i found them on social media was impressed by how they had the Turkey baskets all put together in the nice laundry basketsmy daughter spotted they had big warm coats & she wanted one~she was given one but it was seen on her face she wanted the "pink" one..lol~so I got a call shortly afterwards with her pretty pink coat plus a coat for my friend baby~from that point forward I've gotten nothing but LOVEi have never been apart of something as such~me & my child receive unexpected treats in the mail~i got mask from them when NOBODY else has any available literally i am BEYOND blessed to have found IM YOUNG AND EMPOWEREDfrom/food to mask clothing school supplies holiday goodies gas$$ its really so much~i just want to say I'm very Grateful ~Thank you from the bottom of my heart~you really make me feel like I MATTER

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Sharnell :) appreciate your kind words and a joy to see your daughter at the festival! Thank you for encouraging the potato sack races along!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Elise has been such a great person to help us through all the tough times that we are going through with this pandemic. I just want to say thank you so much for being there helping us as a family helping my daughter go through last year from getting bullied to her being herself again thank you thank you thank you.

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Ms. B for your entire family from participating and paying it forward to helping other organizations with bagging pet food, to donating clothing, food and baby formula. Always looking out for others. You are appreciated:)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of I'm Young and Empowered in October 2019. They held a great "Halloween" event for the kids. My daughter's had a great time and got to meet their Paw Patrol friends.

Since then they have helped me a single mother of 2 under two tremendously! Not only have they been there for my family to supply food when needed, they have also provided diapers in desperate times of need! They are so great, I cannot express how much they have helped me since I have learned of this non profit organization! They also made my daughter's Christmas great last year and my oldest got to see Santa!

I'm Young and Empowered is very much about helping and caring for the community and I myself can say that my daughter's and I are very bless to be a part of this organization.

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Heather for your kindness in donating loads and loads of baby clothes and supplies over the last year to help new parents! You are appreciated by us and the many families you have assisted:)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Me and my children are so thankful for Elise and all that she’s done for us. When COVID-19 put me out of work I was able to turn to this organization for much needed help and even encouragement to get through these tough times. I’m forever thankful for your services and all the ways you support your community in times of need.

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you very much for sharing and we are very thankful to be able to help however we can.

4 Tameka H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Im Young and Empowered has been a great resource to share with so many families throughout our community. It has been a pleasure to deliver essential items to families and our aging population who have limited access to transportation. Seeing the joy on children's faces while passing out backpacks and school supplies has been a highlight during this Covid 19 pandemic. Please support this amazing organization so that they may continue to be a blessing to so many throughout the nation.

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Tameka very much for participating in many outreach events and for coming in to do an educational workshop free of charge to help parents learn how to best advocate for their children’s education. Also thank you to your many youth volunteers who have provided so much effort in supportive peer materials!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you!!! From me and my family for all your help and support! All of you have been like angels during this difficult time that all of us are suffering. You've been helping us in ways that we can't ever imagine! You provided peace and hope in this pandemic time. Thank you for the wonderful labor that you as a hero are doing. My family it is happy and blessed because of you! With all our heart! Thank you Elise and all the good people that works with you to help families like us! You are our 4am angel❣

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Ms. G for your kinds words and appreciate your family very much! :)

4 Adella A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Elise is a true blessing. Im grateful to have found this organization.. She is amazing.. From easter to graduation to providing thru this horrible time we are blessed to have an angel like her..

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Adella and so nice to see your family at the festival! Also a huge thank you for volunteering to distribute even more Halloween candy to the kids:)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing they contacted me and sent us masks even sent my son a animal bracelet we are very grateful and thankful for such a kind hearted organization

3 Donica F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the first time I called The organization
I AM YOUNG AND EMPOWERED and spoke with ELISE she has been a true blessing to me and my family. ELISE THANK YOU FOR HELPING MY FAMILY WHEN WE WERE IN NEED. You are one ok a kind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

You are awesome and thank you for all your help!
You helped my family alot

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Elise is amazing. We are in Lincoln, NE and she has not only supported us by sending materials for anti-bullying she has asked what else we need. Amazing. Much love.

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Elise C.3 11/04/2020

Thank you Susie for all of the hard work you do in the community in Lincoln, NE and appreciate the opportunity to be able to provide supportive materials however we can! Not always on time:) but will keep at it! Thank you for all you do!

3 Anya L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OMG Elise is just awesome! This woman is amazing! Goes above and beyond even when she has millions of things going on. My 2 youngest boys feel like she is just family. She has been with us through Zac dealing with bullying on the bus & at school. The help we so needed at the holidays & anytime else we have been struggling. True blessing

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Elise C.3 07/12/2020

Thank you Anya! Sure appreciate your (and your little ones support) in donating In Kind goods. You have blessed many families with clothing and shoes for their little ones. Appreciate you! Thank you Zac and Elijah as well!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mrs. Elise is AMAZING. She is the type of person that would give you her shirt off of her back if you needed it. Her organization helps so many people in the community. May GOD continue to bless you so you can continue to bless others as you do.

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Elise C.3 07/12/2020

Thank you so much! We will keep at it:) Sure appreciate your support and your support benefits other families as well!

2 Feita H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

No tengo palabras para agradecer todo lo que esta organizacion me a ayudado.devido al covid 19 me quede sin trabajo en realidad nadie en my familia estaba trabajando ....cuando encontre esta organizacion fue y a sido una bendicion...una vez mas en nombre de toda mi familia les quiero agradecer toda la ayuda que nos dan!! Gracias

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Elise C.3 07/12/2020

Gracias! Feria:) te aprecio!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place for emergency resource and great programs.She has a heart of gold

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Elise and her organization are doing wonderful things for Las Vegas and the whole country! Her message and mission are very clear and inspires me to be a better person❤

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Elise C.3 07/12/2020

Thank you so much Denise for your continued support - when we started just a cause last year. Appreciate your support so much and so do the families who have been on the receiving end of your generosity. From winter coats, Thanksgiving, Christmas gifts and arts and crafts. Will be eternally grateful to you. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place for emergency resource and great programs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m not a typical case. But they have been so helpful and respectful and I appreciate their assistance. Love to all those that work there.

2 Rawrrimbatman

Client Served

Rating: 5

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I came across this nonprofit a few months ago while looking for local organizations for some sort of help for my family and lawdd am I so very glad I did. I notice how passionate Elise is in running her organization and with the way she runs it. When she speaks about what her organization is all about how you can just tell that she puts her entire heart and soul into this organization. I am so grateful for the gift cards that she has been sending every month because they always come at a time I need help the most financially. Recently my 1 year old son has been diagnosed with autism and I'm genuinely terrified... not because of his diagnoses in general, but for the negativity he may experience from other uneducated individuals in this world (those types of people we like to crown the term "bullies"). I have this fear that one day my son will come home from school crying his eyes out outside telling me he wants to end his life all because one of his disrespectful, uneducated peers made some some hurtful comments towards his disability... but, knowing that this organization and Elise are available to offer help through those types of situations if I so needed some guidance makes me feel a thousand times better about the future. I'm Young and Empowered is hands down one of the best nonprofit organizations I have ever come across here in Las Vegas. Thank you Elise for all that you do for not only my family, but for all the children and families you help out! You truly are a blessing to so many people. Your organization will go so far! Keep up the amazing work and dedication. It's truly inspiring!

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Elise C.3 07/12/2020

Thank you Christina:) You know when it comes to bullying we will be right by your side for your kids. In the mean time sure appreciate your support and everything you did as a volunteer to spread the #BEKIND message to everyone you encountered months ago. You are appreciated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Elise in 2019. After scrolling through facebook an seeing the "Yes You Matter" it caught my attention as a Mother of 7. I'm so thankful for the help she has given. The help she gives to the Community. She's never made me feel.less than an she can relate to the people.she helps. I'm just so thankful in many ways. She has mentored my daughter an just gives a safe place to speak an be yourself.

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Elise C.3 07/12/2020

Appreciate you Destiny and your entire family. For your older children being brave and bold in bringing mental health advocacy to their peers and to your kettle ones for sharing our monthly campaigns with their peers. I Matter! You Matter! Stop Bullying!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am in awe of the genuine help I have received! Just when my family is struggling the most around the holidays and now with the pandemic, this group has reached out and helped us with an Amazon gift card that we were able to use for groceries! It’s so awful to hear my daughter say she doesn’t want to be poor anymore because we barely had any groceries and then an angel sent message in my inbox is a gift card for groceries! Seeing how happy my daughter was to order groceries and have fresh and healthy food was so precious. This group has made a lot happen for my family, but most of all, they have given my daughter a blessed life that she deserved! God bless this group! We are forever grateful and only wish to be in a position to give back through this group!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Elise for her Thanksgiving drive and she helped me out so very much. Besides her food pantry,clothing closet, huge #YesYouMatter campaign she also helps special needs children. My son is Autistic and Elise has such a warm loving heart that my son eyes light up when he sees her. With Covid-19 she has expanded her help to everyone in need. She has a heart of gold. Especially with it being hard to find certain things and it heing hard to get out. Her and her angels go above and beyond. Her organization is definitely one of the best i have ever come across snd she has done more than any organizations i know.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Elise in November getting a Thanksgiving basket for my family .since then she has helped me and my family when ever needed ,she's went to my son's school about bullying she's giving out stuff to pass out about you matter , bullying stops , suicide prevention ,mental health awareness,she does for the community .she provides food bank to those in need ,a clothing bank ,she's the best person I have ever met and I would always stay by her side .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We didn't know about this nonprofit, due to this situation with the covid19 my husband and me lose our job, we have 3 kids and for our surprise we are expecting for another baby, since we dont have a job, money, were not able to get unemployment assistance or nothing, we have to look for foodbanks and a lot of things, we are a family of 5, we have less than a year living in here and has been very difficult for us without support but not imposible ghanks God. One day scrolling down in my social media I saw a post that called my attention. I've tried and we got in shock when we applied for masks and also we get a gift card in that moment we didnt have money and we needed wipes and we were stressed. We use that to bought it and then we tried with the crafts and arts and maybe for some people that doesn't mean nothing but for us it is very special that during this uncertain times someone without knowing nothing about us it is giving my kids a smile. Thank you Elise for everything you are doing for me and my family. God Bless you, your family and all the people that works with you to help others. ❤
Updating 07/02/2020
You have been and still being an angel for me and my family :')
with all my heart THANK YOU!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond helping people and showing the world that kindness matters. Please check them out and show them some support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this nonprofit so much!! Honestly we need more organizations like this one. I firmly believe that if we instill love and kindness at an early age it will eliminate some hate and bullying. We need to be there for the kids and that's what this nonprofit is all about and I'm glad to be apart of it. This non profit is there for bullies kids and makes it known that we are there to help and to make it known that those kids are not alone. This is what we need more of. We need to help these children know that love and care is there. I'm so glad to have found this organization and even more glad to raise my son with being apart of it. Ps. Miss Elise is so loving and kind.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an excellent organization that has helped me and my daughter in times of need without judgement and when we needed someone to care. I am amazed, eternally grateful for your support, assistance and most of all encouragement that means so much to me even from across the country you guys have touched my life and empowered so many to do for others with love... Thank you!

4 Valorie A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beautiful non profit organization who is raising awareness of the importance in helping future generations!!! I am thankful people such as these are making sacrifices to make the world a better place, a little one at a time.
Thank you for all you do!

3 Mariana G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

El trabajo de esta organización me ha impactado desde que los encontramos. No solo me mandaron info para mi familia sino nos enviaron materiakes que pudimos compartir con la escuela de mi hijo y que hoy forma parte de su salón de clases. El bullying es un tema serio y, nos toque o no directamente, es algo para lo que tenemos que trabajar juntos y eliminar de nuestros entornos. mi respeto absoluto por Elise y el trabajo que realizan. Imyoungandempowered thank you. So much!!!

4 Travis C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was devastated in an attack by bullies. This organization and Elise it lead organizer has been a godsend. They have helped us, led those that could help us to our door. They truly are angels.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personally been involved in fundraising and non profits for more than 50 years. This organization is well run, assists in many ways and it's a pleasure to be a volunteer with. I'm pleased to recommend this group for any grants. Thank you Elise Carey and volunteers for welcoming me to assist.

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Rating: 5

Words cannot describe what an AWESOME nonprofit this is. I first noticed an advertisement for their program on Facebook and decided to reach out. The customer service has been amazing with frequent communication and ease of transactions. They even CUSTOM made the bracelets to match our school, and adapted the goodie bags to meet the needs of all students in my school! I am the counselor for an elementary school in NC and it is the second largest school in the county (about 560 students). They provided EVERY STUDENT IN THE SCHOOL with a bag including activity book, bracelet, crayons, bookmark and more. My students have been very excited to receive their bully free zone kit (as I have called them) and I could not be more grateful for the partnership with Im Young and Empowered. It is an honor to work alongside them to empower the young people in my school with the knowledge of kindness and resources to match!

3 Novetta B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate to have found this organization. Elise Carey is God sent. I strongly believe in giving back and being a part of our community and taking a stand against bullies is something I've always felt strongly about. My oldest son was an active volunteer participating in public speaking about anti bullying. Now because of the I Matter! You Matter! Movement my youngest son is also an active participant. After our most recent event my son said to me, "mom, the best part of all this is seeing other kids smiling when they leave". Thank you Elise. Thank you for welcoming us and introducing us to I'm young and empowered. Together, we're changing lives.

3 Shavonda C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Elise the founder is beyond amazing. This is what the community needs more of. Her back to school event was one of the best I have been to. Please support and spread the word this should be everywhere in our schools, and community centers.

3 Nicki B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization dedicated to helping empower our youth and bring bullying to a stop. The message that this organization is bringing is an uplift and support system for our children and their futures!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thanks for always caring and supporting the community! Im young and empowered rocks ❤

3 Darla R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Yes I Matter non-profit. I was able to pass out bracelets and T-shirts for STOP the bullying campaign. Actually, I could use many more. The kidsxabsolutely loved them.

3 Kisha G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization goes over and beyond! The founder Elise is absolutely amazing. The organization interacts with community, takes the time out to SUPPORT anyone in need. Helps to bring awareness to bullying! Always organizing events to help and bring the community together. Thanks for all you do Im Young and Empowered Inc.

3 Juliann C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome non profit group I've received wristbands and donated them to my daughters second grade class the kids loved them heir was even enough to go out to all second graders. I love this group thank you for all the support ❤️