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Empowering Summer Tutors left to right are Wendy Read, Rebecca Sypolt, Anne Cox, Melinda Thompson
and Kathryn Vanoy. Marissa Sypolt is a student volunteer. Not shown are tutors Nan Hottle, Jim Surber
and Bob Robinson, and student volunteer Makensey Stump.

Empowering Darke County Youth
‘Empowering’ seats Board, begins summer tutoring

Empowering Darke County Youth, a group of concerned individuals dedicated to helping at-risk kids, recently seated its Board of Directors, began the process of seeking 501c3 non-profit status and kicked off its summer tutoring program.

Eight qualified tutors are helping more than 40 students this summer. They will be working various hours at space generously supplied by the Greenville Public Library. Due to usual attrition, a few session times have opened up and will likely continue to do so throughout the summer.

Parents wishing to schedule their child for tutoring should email or message Facebook Empowering Darke County Youth.

Empowering Darke County Youth became official June 2. Directors are Eric Fee, President, Kendra Chalmers, Vice President, Krista Stump, Treasurer, Rhonda Williams, Secretary, and Directors Wendy Read, Tanya McConnell, Bob Robinson, Tom Warner, Jody Harter, Michael Chalmers and Doreen Larson.

“I’m pleased at the diversity of individuals willing to donate their time to help Darke County young people,” said Fee, owner of Oliver Floyd and Braund Pope Funeral Homes. He noted Stump is the recently retired elementary principal at Ansonia Schools, Williams is an OSU Darke County Extension educator and also on the Ansonia School Board, Harter is the principal at Greenville Schools’ Woodland Heights Primary, Read is in training for her teaching certificate, Robinson is a GCSD substitute teacher and instructor at Edison State Darke County Campus, and Larson is the president of Edison State Community College. Kendra and Michael Chalmers, McConnell and Warner are concerned parents.

The Board approved its Bylaws as a Community Service organization on June 2 and will soon be submitting its not-for-profit 501(c)(3) application. It is also working on a plan to establish an after-school program at the Edison Darke County Campus this fall.

“While our focus is, and will continue to be, K-4 at-risk youth, we will be meeting a variety of needs for Darke County young people,” Robinson, Program Coordinator, said. “We’re also working with several fifth and sixth grade students, and in the fall we’ll be providing a safe place for students to stay while parents are working. Educational activities, one-on-one tutoring, help with homework, mentoring… these will all be part of the fall program.”

Fee acknowledged this is a major undertaking for the Board. “It is also one we feel confidant we’ll be able to implement,” he added.

Funding, contributions, and volunteers, both community and licensed, are needed to help support the summer program and prepare for the Empowering After-School Program in the fall. Feel free to email or message on Facebook for information.

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