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For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.' - Jesus

  • According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names.
  • Today, approximately 20 percent of all children in the United States are living in poverty. ...approximately 57 percent of all children in the United States are currently living in homes that are either considered to be either "low income" or impoverished.
  • At this point, approximately one out of every three children in the U.S. lives in a home without a father.
  • 14.5 percent of U.S. households struggle to put enough food on the table. More than 48 million Americans—including 16.2 million children—live in these households.
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Mentoring

We believe that mentoring matters.  Mentoring can help youth as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between mentors and mentees that last for a significant portion of time are central to success.

We strive to provide mentoring opportunities for volunteers and community members, benefiting at-risk teens in the following ways:

  • Increased high school graduation rates
  • Lower high school dropout rates
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
  • Better attitude about school
  • Higher college enrollment rates and higher educational aspirations
  • Enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improved behavior, both at home and at school
  • Stronger relationships with parents, teachers, and peers
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use (MENTOR, 2009; Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009)
 
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