AT-RISK YOUTH

The Problem

Did you know that we can predict the future success of a student by looking at their third-grade reading levels? When a third-grader does not meet state standards, their likelihood of graduating goes down. This translates to increased high school dropouts and increased prison rates.

The Solution

By walking alongside students at the elementary level, we can participate in their development through programs like Kids’ Hope USA. From a larger community view, organizations like One Collective, Elgin are working to network collaboration of resources for the betterment of the community at large.

IN-SCHOOL MENTORING

Kids Hope is a national mentoring organization serving 37 states across the country. They partner with local churches and elementary schools by equipping mentors for a one-on-one relationship with the at-risk youth.

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MENTORING CHANGES LIVES

Read about Donna's story as a Kids Hope Mentor on our Community Impact Blog. You can read more about Kids Hope USA, especially in time of COVID, in this blog post.

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MENTORING IN DEKALB

At Neighbor's House, our goal is to help students reach their potential through literacy enrichment and healthy relationships. Each summer, they run programs across DeKalb County to provide literacy enrichment, social/emotional support, and relationship building for students in under-served communities and income-eligible housing. During the school year, they provide homework help, literacy support, and healthy adult interaction for students.

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UNDER-RESOURCED

FVCA helps the local church serve under-resourced communities through the transforming power of the Gospel. Alongside local churches, they provide families with advocacy, support, education, and discipleship. They now incorporate residential summer camp, school-year teen programming, and after-school kids clubs with Crossroads Kids Clubs. To serve with Fox Valley Christian Action: Click Here.

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COMMUNITY CHANGE

ONE COLLECTIVE

One Collective connects people and resources within our community so that no one is invisible and people are empowered to solve problems.

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URBAN YOUTH - WAYSIDE

Urban Youth Wayside in Aurora is an after-school program for at-risk youth to have a safe place to grow, learn, develop, and experience the love of Christ.

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