Youth Empowerment Project Attends Annual Conference

A group of more than 60 area high school students attended the annual Youth Empowerment Project conference hosted by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

The group included students from Central, Glendale, Hillcrest, Kickapoo, Parkview and Study Alternative high schools, Greenwood Laboratory School, and Springfield Catholic High School.

The event was held at the Springfield Art Museum with a keynote address from Christina Ford, the head of the Rebound Foundation, who told the youth about how she turned her vision of helping victims of domestic violence find transitional housing into a reality.

“We all have a ‘why,’” Ford said. “Something that’s happened to you; something you’ve experienced. Then you have to figure out the ‘how.’”

The Rebound Foundation opened Marda House, a transitional living home, in 2019.

The goal of the project is to promote “principles of philanthropy for high school and middle school students through education, community grantmaking, service projects and fundraising.”

Springfield’s YEP is one of 30 chapters across the region.

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