2015 Detroit Youth Gathering PSA
Baskets-full of Empowerment for local youth
July 15 to 19, 2015 marks the whirlwind week for the triannual Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s National Youth Gathering in Detroit, MI. The almost week-long trip will engage youth in grades 9 to 12 in service projects, education and opportunity to worship with over 30,000 Lutheran youth from across the United States.
For the last three years a local Lutheran team, (Emily Magnuson, Kirsten Magnuson, Emily Whitney, Lydia Gozdalski, Caylee Shelters, Darcy Whitney and Vicar Tara Eastman) have been raising funds and making preparations for this summer’s mission and education trip to Detroit.
A major fundraiser and team building project will take place on Friday June 12th at 7pm in the parlors of First Lutheran Church. This fundraiser will include a basket raffle (basket donations are welcome) and a screening of the documentary film, “The Empowerment Project”.
The Empowerment Project is the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.
Driving over 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days, the documentary spotlights 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. In celebration of the all-female focus in front of and behind the camera, the filmmakers turned the cameras on themselves, capturing their transformational journey.
The film challenges the audience to ask themselves, "What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?"
The Exclusive Film Screening
As this local group of young women and their two leaders are transformed by their travels to Detroit, we ask for support in attending this exclusive film screening (for ages 9 and up) and taking part in the basket raffle. The proceeds from the fundraiser will go to defray the costs of gasoline and food during the 5 day trip to Detroit. The movie tickets are $3.00 per person and basket raffle tickets will be available at the event.
The film rental costs were provided by a partnership between First Lutheran Church, Thrivent and the AAUW (Empowering Women since 1881). To learn more about the documentary film, visit empowerentproject.com or call Vicar Tara Eastman at First Lutheran Church 716-664-4601.