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Coffee with your friends - now - August 31st

Jul 11 2018 12:00 am

We invite you to co-host with us an intimate coffee for you and your like-minded friends at our office. Together we can share with them Equipping Youth’s mission. Give us a call to set a date and time including evenings if your day time is filled. Call to make your reservations:  (319) 861-2747 or e mail mail@equippingyouth.org Can't wait to help teens have a healthier future with you!

Equipping Youth is celebrating 20 years of teaching area youth ‘Powerful Choices’ lessons.

May 05 2018 09:00 am
@ 1700 B Avenue NE Suite 209
Equipping Youth, founded in 1998, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing area youth and their families with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices. Lessons in our communities’ health classes have served more than 70,000 students in grades 6 through 8. The curriculum, ‘Powerful Choices’, encourages the youth of Eastern Iowa to make the best choices for their optimal life time health outcomes. ‘Powerful Choices’ curriculum enables teens to build character traits and internal assets while gaining knowledge about risk activities that could have life time negative consequences. Research completed with the University of Iowa has proven that ‘Powerful Choices” lessons have lasting positive effects on the choices teens are making. Come learn more about all that Equipping Youth has to offer to teens in our youth facilities, clubs and schools.

Equipping Youth with Powerful Choices Banquet

Sep 21 2017 06:00 pm
@ Hotel Kirkwood Conference Center
It is time to select your meal options!  email your choices to mail@equippingyouth.org.  Choices are:  Vegetable Stuffed Chicken Breast, Herb Encrusted Pork Loin, Vegetable Napoleon (GF/ Veg option)   Come prepared for a delightful evening of fellowship, food, facts and fundraising.  Dr. Bush will challenge us at our banquet to provide Sexual Risk Avoidance Education for our youth of Iowa. Tickets are $25 to reserve your seat. Click here for more information Check back for more information concerning menu choices.  Meal choices need to be to reserved by September 11th. Click here for Ticket information or Volunteer opportunities

Ruth Ann and Jerry Eccles to celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Sep 04 2016 02:00 pm

Jerry and Ruth Anne Eccles invite friends and family to their 50th Anniversary Open House from 2-4 pm Sunday, September 4th at Maranatha Bible Church Annex at 521 3rd Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids. In lieu of cards or gifts, please honor the Eccles with a tax-deductible gift to their favorite nonprofit organizations. Gideons International, PO Box 2729 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406 or Equipping Youth, PO Box 1175 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406

Men Who Cook 2013

Oct 24 2013 06:30 pm

Men Who Cook is scheduled Mark your calendar NOW. Thursday, October 24 - 6:30 PM A Touch of Class Banquet & Convention Center 5977 Mt. Vernon Rd., SE, Cedar Rapids You do not want to miss this sensational tasting experience as 20 or more men cook their favorite comfort foods and gourmet dishes for you to sample. They will compete for your vote in this cook off. Come hungry and join us for this fun and tasty fundraising event. Freewill Donations ~Reservations Requested, call 319-861-2747 *Please no small children – this is a fundraiser. We are looking for sponsors to list in our invitations and to assign to each of our grand prize certificates for the winning cooks. We are looking for men and teen boys who have a favorite dish or entrée they will share. See our NEWS page: Printable forms to support us by becoming a Sponsor or Chef. Photos from last year. Scroll down.

Equipping Youth Mini Golf Family Fundraiser

Jul 27 2013 09:00 am

Everyone is welcome. Saturday July 27, 2012 9:00 am till 11:30 am Waterfall National Mini Golf Course at Airport National Golf Course, 3001 Wright Brother's Blvd. East (east off the I-380 airport exit)
    Collect donations to play free and win great prizes!
Collecting a sponsorship of $10 pper person to play free will also register your children for prizes and free snacks. For every additional $10 donation collected for Equipping Youth a child receives an additional ticket for the prize drawings. The more tax deductible donations acquired, the more likely your name will be drawn at the event for one of the many great prizes. Place cash donations in an envelope with name and address of donor. Bring labeled donations to event or mail to: Equipping Youth, PO Box 1175, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406 Designate donations to Equipping Youth Mini Golf. In case of forcast of heavy rain the event will be canceled. for more information contact us at mail@equippingyouth.org or 319-861-2747.

Men Who Cook 2012

Oct 25 2012 06:30 pm
@ A Touch of Class, 5977 Mt. Vernon Road SE, Cedar Rapids
Men Who Cook is the annual fundraiser for a very important organization. Equipping Youth has been supplying lessons and helping to teach Powerful Choices to thousands of youth every year in our middles schools. Because of these lessons our youth are choosing to make wise decisions about risk behaviors prevalent in the teen years. Did you know that our teen birth rate for this county is lower than 10%? Only 8 out of 100 births in our county are to teens under the age of 20. Because the federal funding was cut from this organization two years ago Equipping Youth continues to meet the demand for these lessons with volunteers. Even our Executive Director donates her time to this organization to keep it operating. Would you join our efforts to assist this great ministry to continue to be available to our youth and their parents? If you would cook for the event, we would be so grateful. See the Chef’s instructions and form in link above. If you will sponsor, the form above tells of the different ways you might wish to help with your donation and the promotion and acknowledgement you will receive at the event.

Tour de Hope 2012

Oct 13 2012 09:00 am
@ Downtown Cedar Rapids
Enjoy a free progressive brunch featuring moving stories, delicious food, and fun door prizes! Come see God's hand at work through ministries in the downtown are: The next day we we will draw names from those who visit all six ministries. Enjoy the hospitality at Equipping Youth 118 3rd Ave SE # 431, the Medical Lending Closet 525 A Ave SE (Grace Episcopal Church), Metro Catholic Outreach 420 6th St SE, His Hands Free Medical Clinic 400 12th St SE, and the Ecumenical Community Center’s Helping Hands Ministry and CompuPlace 601 2nd Ave SE. Tour de Hope is on Saturday, October 13, from 9 am - 2 pm. Members of the community have the option of visiting six ministries to see what God is doing in downtown Cedar Rapids. We encourage everyone to take this opportunity to visit and learn more about our ministry partners. Begin Anywhere. Be Inspired Everywhere.

Men Who Cook 2011

Apr 14 2011 06:30 pm
@ A Touch of Class
Men Who Cook 2011 was another HUGE SUCCESS!! Our sincerest thanks to all who made this possible. ** Please navigate to the NEWS page on our website for a link with the available recipes!! ** (as additional recipes are received, they will be added) This year's sponsor catagory winners & recipes are: The Nancy & Tim Palm Best Appetizer Award ~ Peter Eko-Aquah's 'Spicy Plantain Chips' The Gervaise Kendall Best Soup/Salad Award ~ Brian Jone's 'Yogurt Granola Salad with Berries' The Eccles Process Design Best Main Course Award ~ Ted Biderman's 'Stuffed Pork Chops' The Margaret Speers Best Dessert Award ~ Gerry Barker's 'Baklava' The Best of the Best Overall Winner ~ Ted Biderman's 'Stuffed Pork Chops'

Tour de Hope

Sep 25 2010 09:00 am

Tour de Hope was Saturday, September 25, from 9am-2pm. Members of the community had the option of visiting six ministries to see what God is doing in downtown Cedar Rapids. We encouraged everyone to take this opportunity to visit and learn more about our ministry partners. Tour de Hope: Begin Anywhere. Be Inspired Everywhere. Participants enjoyed a free progressive brunch featuring moving stories, delicious food, and fun door prizes! They started at any of the participating ministries (including Equipping Youth) and visited them all to see how we are working together to show God's compassion, truth, and love to those hurting in our city. The next day we then drew names from those who visited all six ministries, giving away many wonderful door prizes provided by local businesses, including jewelry, massages, car cleaning kits and dinner certificates. Tour de Hope participants include: Aid to Women, Equipping Youth, Helping Hands, House of Hope, His Hands Free Medical Clinic and Mission of Hope.

Men Who Cook

Apr 29 2010 06:30 pm
@ A Touch of Class | 5977 Mt. Vernon Rd - Cedar Rapids, IA
Men Who Cook Was a HUGE success!! This year's Best of the Best Winner was Dave Lesmeister for his Pork BBQ on a Stick !! Best Appetizer: Blaine Ferch's Bacon Wrapped Smokies Best Soup/Salad: Randy Fout's Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup Best Main Course: Dave Lesmeister's Pork BBQ on a Stick Best Dessert: Ben Overton's Country Apple Dumplings

Thank you to each and every one who supported Equipping Youth through

"Men Who Cook" with your cash & prize donations, time, talents, advertising ...

Through your efforts we can continue to reach out to our area youth, even without our ongoing federal grant support. THANK YOU!!

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Regional Adolescent Health and Education Conference

Oct 15 2009 08:00 am
@ Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education | 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Equipping Youth Invites You to Attend!

Educators…Parents…Social Workers…Teens…Counselors…Youth Prevention Specialists

Medical Professionals…Youth Leaders…and EVERY Concerned Community Member

This one day conference is your opportunity to hear from experts on the health and well-being of school-age teens today. Through science and humor you will gain knowledge and strategies to support and equip youth with the skills to make positive and powerful choices!

Thursday, October 15, 2009
Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education
7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Keynote Speakers

Freda McKissic Bush, M.D. FACOG, will provide attendees with up-to-date, medically accurate information and discussion on teen health issues. Dr. Bush will address STDs in adolescents and young adults, including their consequences. Dr. Bush will also present new science on how casual sex is affecting our children. Dr. Bush is co-author with Dr. Joe McIlhaney on their book, “Hooked: New Science On How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children.”

Justin Lookadoo, a multi-book author on interpersonal relations in adolescence, will combine 5-1/2 years experience as a juvenile probation officer in the toughest part of East Texas and 17 years of professional speaking experience to address the topics of healthy teen relationships, dating, dating violence, and relationship exit strategies. Justin is known for his knowledgeable, humorous, high energy presentation style while offering insight and understanding on the guy/girl guidelines of “Dateable.”

Julie Marie Carrier, a recognized expert in brain-based learning and educational best practices will return to Iowa to share the powerful, research-proven teaching formula and corresponding strategies that educators can utilize to reach youth with healthy choice messages. By understanding the adolescent brain and using science-based teaching strategies, attendees will learn how to have the maximum impact on youth learning and behaviors.

Conference Registration: $85.00

Registration includes light breakfast and lunch.

Additional information? toverton@equippingyouth.org.