Calling all youth from 8th to 12th grade in Erie and Erie County!

Get the support you need from your peers & mentors and make new friends as you graduate from high school and ENVISION a College or Career.

Thanks for such a successful 2018-2019 Youth ENVISION Summit!
Held at Lake Erie Arboretum Foundation (L.E.A.F.), Frontier Park, Erie, PA

Mission Empower was thrilled to facilitate our fourth annual empowering Youth Summit, from August 15th to August 17th at the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park. Youth Scholars explored their strengths, built their self-esteem and welcomed many speakers on various topics:

  • Jill Hrinda-Patten, M.E.’s Executive Director – Disability History and Rights

  • Tyler Titus, Erie Board of School Directors – Diversity and Civic Engagement

  • Paige Huggins , former AmeriCorps Vista- Educating the Youth About College Preparedness

  • Julybeth Cordero, M.E.’s Office & Volunteer Coordinator – Understanding Diversity and Appreciating Cultural Differences

  • Jesse Spanogle – Empowering Youth and Challenging Them to Reach Their Dreams

A warm thanks to all of the guest speakers and staff of Mission Empower (Britney, Curtis, Jill, Julybeth and Mike) for their combined efforts to make this year’s Summit truly a success! We also want to give a huge thank you to two of our Youth Mentors, Justin and Jasmine, for jumping in and helping keep all the youth engaged. You guys are all awesome!

We look forward to watching the Youth Scholars grow in their empowerment and community engagement as they launch into adulthood.

THANK YOU to our 2018 Youth ENVISION Summer Summit Sponsors:
LEAF at Frontier Park for hosting; Mighty Fine Donuts; Subway 4th and State donated lunch; Pop’s Friendly Markets!

Every year, select youth from Erie and Erie County join their friends
as we kick off the Youth ENVISION Program, with a fun and empowering Youth Summit!


This is your chance to find a mentor who will meet with you twice a month to assist you in setting your own goals in a field or area of interest that you choose.


You will be a leader and guide activities & service opportunities. Share your talents to make a difference in your community. Come be a part of giving back at monthly service events, like volunteering at a local soup kitchen, beach cleanup, or retirement community.

Weekly Trainings

Engage in weekly trainings led by Mission Empower staff and leaders and community organizers from various organizations in the Northwest Pennsylvania region. Connect with your peers to discuss, learn, and contribute to discussions.


Everyone, no matter what age or background, needs support from others in order to succeed and feel included.  Join your friends for monthly social events & discuss what is happening in your life, and support each other.

Click here for highlights from the first annual Youth Summit
Publication of this Website’s page is made possible through a Cooperative Agreement Grant # H328C160010 between OSEP and Mission Empower (M.E.). The contents do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government or by Mission Empower.