“Go to the people, live among them, learn from them, love them, start with what they know, build on what they have, so that the best leaders, when their task is done will remark ‘We have done it ourselves.'” —Ancient Chinese Proverb
We serve workforce apartment management, residents and children by offering free programs right where they live, and that create healthy, happy communities. Watch a short video (password is “password” to see our program in action!
- To break generational poverty among low income apartment residents
- To expose children to a safe, relational environment where they can simply be themselves and have fun
- To prevent and minimize school drop-out rates
- To expose youth to positive role models and sound character development
- To teach youth and adults the importance of physical activity and healthy nutrition
- To educate adults on living a healthy lifestyle
- To develop collaborative partners with others who offer greater capacity and capabilities
- To be intentional with our good deeds, leading to goodwill and good news
We provide five key program services to the apartment communities in which we serve:
1. Afterschool Homework & Reading Support
Weekly afterschool support and tutoring for resident children ages 6 to 14, utilizing professional resources and agencies in partnership with community Title 1 schools to assure student success. Our goal is to improve student reading, writing & math proficiency, improve school grades and reverse the adverse trend among high school drop-outs.
2. Summer Camp Enrichment
“Fan into Flame” or “Shaping their Future” children’s summer camps comprise reading and academic enrichment, educational field trips, sports, swim clinics, and a whole lot more … We had close to 70 students from four apartment complexes attend our recently completed summer camp program, which proved to be a huge success. Click on Summer Enrichment Camp to view pictures and testimonials from our 2015 Fan into Flame Future Summer Camp. Our 2015 Summer Camp covered a period of 7 weeks and was impactful as we expanded to full days from half days in 2014. Camps are offered free to the children who attend our afterschool program. Our 2016 partners include Charlotte Eagles, Charlotte Soccer Academy (CSA), Hand Crafted Art pottery studio, Discovery Place, First Book Charlotte, the Science & Nature Museum, and swimming at the YMCA.
3. Family Stabilization
Residents may receive assistance with rent and utilities through our partner organizations. We visit with new residents, build resident relationships through community events and offer targeted services like ESL, parenting classes, financial literacy & job assistance.
4. Year Round Community Sports & Arts and Crafts
We develop special programs throughout the school year including apartment-based soccer clinics, swimming, painting/drawing, healthy eating and nutrition sessions. Each of our learning centers is currently offering regular weekly or monthly activities for both children and their parents to interact in an active, comfortable, safe and friendly environment. Volunteers often arrange various activities for children, while mom’s get their nails painted. Or, our kids do the honors and paint their mom’s and our volunteers nails. In addition, there is drawing, face painting, coloring, crafts and painting to meet everyone’s artistic needs. For those more inclined towards playtime, the outdoors and sports, we conduct events on the soccer fields/courts which stimulate teamwork, good character morals and mutual respect for everyone.
5. Family Enrichment
Trusting relationships with residents and children affords our team the opportunity to offer adult bible studies and children’s devotions. The success of this service is measured by changed lives and transformation. Building children’s character and resolve to pursue a relationships especially from a young age, is key to spiritual enrichment. This is no different with adults. We undertake to serve everyone, without bias or discrimination, meet them where they are and lead them to a place of comfort where they can ask questions. We are intentionally very relationship-orientated.
In partnership with like-minded non-profits and residents who live in the communities in which we serve, Learning Help Centers of Charlotte advocates for, invests in and mobilizes resources to benefit vulnerable, oppressed children and their families.