"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
- 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
1. After-school Literacy Enrichment, Homework & Reading Support
Weekly after-school support and tutoring for resident children ages 6 to 14, utilizing professional resources 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. Children are also encouraged to read more chapter books and participate in a "2017 new words reading challenge."
2. Summer Reading, Literacy Enrichment Camps
"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 50 students from four apartment complexes attend our 2016 summer camp program, which proved to be a huge success. Click on Summer Enrichment Camp to view more pictures and testimonials from our 2016 Fan into Flame Future Summer Camp. Our 2017 Summer Camp covers a period of 6 weeks and has been very impactful as we expanded to five full days. Camps are offered free to the children who attend our after-school program. Our 2017 partners include Charlotte Eagles, Charlotte Soccer Academy (CSA), First Book Charlotte, the Mint Museum, Science & Nature Museum, and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.
3. Family Stabilization
Residents may receive assistance with job searches, connecting with local public schools, benevolence, and translation services. We meet with new community members and families, help establish resident relationships through ESL classes and family-friendly community events, and offer targeted services like conversational ESL, parenting classes, financial literacy & job assistance.4. Year Round Community Events & Weekend Sports
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.