Dr. Deryl F. Bailey
Founder of Empowered Youth Programs is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at the University of Georgia. Dr. Bailey spent 10 years as a high school counselor and is in his 15th year as a university professor. He was the 2011-2012 president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). which is the largest division within the American Counseling Association (ACA). Dr. Bailey has received numerous awards for his work in the counseling profession and for his work with Empowered Youth Programs (EYP). On March 25th, 2011 he received notification that he had been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Professional Advancement Award from the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW). This award recognizes the outstanding activities of an individual who has helped advance the field of group work through research, development of new techniques or theories, public relations, legislative activities, or group work practice. In 2012 Dr. Bailey was selected as the William Allan Boeing Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Education at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. As the Endowed Chair Dr. Bailey spent the Fall semester as a consultant for the Seattle Youth Initiative, visiting schools, guest lecturing in classes at Seattle University meeting with superintendents and other school administrators. In addition to these activities Dr. Bailey delivered three presentations to the Seattle community regarding his work with Empowered Youth Programs.
Ms. Mary Hopkins
Ms. Mary Hopkins is the mother of three boys, two of which went through the program. She has volunteered with EYP for many years and primarily works with elementary students. Ms. Hopkins has kept in touch with many students even after graduation and truly enjoys all EYP offers. Most recently, she has retired from being a permanent substitute teacher at Hilsman Middle School.
Dr. Mary E. Bradbury-Bailey
Co-founder of Empowered Youth Programs. Dr. Bradbury-Bailey has been a science educator for 35 years in NC, VA, and GA, and won either school or district wide Teacher of the Year in every state that she has taught. In 2004, Dr. Bradbury-Bailey was one of 12 semi-finalists for the Teacher of the Year honor for the state of Georgia. In 2012, Dr. Bradbury-Bailey graduated from Piedmont College with her doctorate degree in Teaching and Learning. She is now lovingly known as “Ms. Dr. Bailey.” Most recently, Ms. Dr. Bailey has retired as a Science Educator at Cedar Shoals High School and dedicates her time tutoring at Foothills Charter High School along with EYP.
Mr. Erick Hopkins
Mr. Erick Hopkins is a math teacher at Cedar Shoals High School and has been volunteering with EYP during his entire teaching career. In response to his time with EYP, Mr. Hopkins states "personally, I’ve found my tenure with the program can’t be defined, only experienced and enjoyed."