Empowerment Driven by Knowledge Coalition is a 501c3 nonprofit founded by Sophia A. Strother.  Sophia is a LOUD SURVIVOR of sexual/child abuse and of just plain life.  She founded this organization to help others overcome their adversities and empower them to have a stake in their own future.   

We are a starting point for tomorrow's leaders. We believe that years from now, the Empowerment Driven by Knowledge Coalition will be viewed as the organization that helped launch careers, businesses and develop community leaders.  

We partner with businesses and organizations that enable innovative and quality programming that responds to the needs of the community and its residents.  This contributes to the economic and social health of communities. 

We are committed to excellence in all of our endeavors and pride ourselves on the reputation that we attain in the civic, social, academic, business and employment sectors. 

Our standards of service and program quality are high and these standards are reflected in the positive outcome of the communities and families we serve.

• Youth Mentoring- We partner with local youth oriented organization to promote higher education, diversity, healthy family structure and healthy living habits.

• Next Level Success Coaching - Promoting self confidence and tangible steps toward success in everyday interactions and career through "Taking My Life Back" 9 week workbook developed by Sophia. 

• Education/Leadership/Civic Workshops- Creating opportunities for peer to peer networking, community advocacy, change integration, social/civic responsibility, family enriched activities and personal economic and health prosperity.

Empowerment Driven by Knowledge Coalition remains driven by their purpose to help rebuild communities one family at a time.

Past EDKC Events and Activities

"A Time for Change Series" Included Symposium & Investors Brunch Investor hosted by LaDainian Tomlinson former NFL Running Back, his mother Loreane and EDKC - 2009

"A Taste of Falls County" hosted by EDKC - 2008 & 2009
-100% of proceeds benefit the "Make Your Mark on Education Scholarship" dedicated to helping Falls County Resident. 

"Looking and Listening" Poverty in America Tour MLK III and his organization Realizing the Dream worked very closely with EDKC to host their national poverty tour in East Waco and Marlin. This tour included town hall meetings and complete walking tours of each city/community - 2009

"Entrepreneur Forum" in Marlin, TX hosted by EDKC - 2009

We are so glad to report that we were able to fund 5 Scholarships for $6,500 to individuals that are either striving to attain their GED or continue onward to higher education - 2007-2010

Presenting Sponsor for "1st Annual Marlin High School Teacher's Award Banquet" - 2010

Charity Car Wash & McAlister Deli fundraiser where proceeds went toward scholarships and resources for abuse victims - 2011


Juneteenth Family Fun Day @ Brazos provides local and area citizens an opportunity to participate in a festive atmosphere celebrating African American heritage and independence. Has touched over 27,700 lives since its inception June 2011.  Annually draws over 4,500.  Proceeds benefit Domestic Violence Awareness, Sexual Abuse Survivors & At-Risk Youth.
2011 - Heritage Square, Waco TX
2012 - Brazos Park East, Waco TX 
2013 - Brazos Park East, Waco TX - Click to Enjoy Pictures
2014 - Brazos Park East, Waco TX -  
2015 - Brazos Park East, Waco, TX - Click to Enjoy Pictures
2016 - Brazos Park East, Waco TX -  Click to Enjoy Pictures

McLennan County Billboard Campaign - EDKC sponsored several billboards throughout McLennan County raising awareness on GET LOUD GET OUT Campaign encouraging people to get out of violent relationships or circumstances.  A special thank you to SWIFT BILLBOARDS - 2013

​Black Men Standing organized "Voting Changes Things" March at Martin Luther King Blvd Bridge Sept 2013 - Click to Enjoy Pictures

EDKC co-sponsored "Color Purple on Broadway" bringing attention to Domestic Violence at Waco Convention Center over 600 attendees - 2013

EDKC sponsored "NO MORE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MARCH" for the Carolyn Thomas Foundation in Waco TX- 2014 - Click to Enjoy Pictures

Creation of Our Journey Alive docu reality series following the lives of abuse survivors.  Partnered with Midway High School AV Dept to film and edit pilot episode.  2016

Successfully hosted and facilitated four 'Community Conversation: Real Love Doesn't Love' screenings and forums in Dallas, Austin and Pflugerville TX. 2017
Marlin Grassroots Efforts

We were honored to host AfAm Educational Teach In Summit that was designed to facilitate collaborative discussion and engagement among individuals and organizations committed to addressing educational inequality, especially among African American students, schools, and communities. Given Marlin's decade long decline in academic the aims of the summit were to:  strengthen community among individuals working in education reform, civil rights, youth development, and related fields and industries; facilitate increased collaboration and coordination by allowing individuals and organizations to share; reinforce collective impact by leveraging resources and effort. Below are some of the other efforts we've facilitated 2015 - 2016 to aid the families of Marlin TX.

Contact Us
June 15 - 17, 2018
Brazos Park East
Waco, Texas 76704