Our mission remains grounded in serving our families with grace and dignity. We are less focused on the big production, that often does not adequately build relationships and has even less longer-term impact.
Our relational and educational goals for the coming school year are as follows:
- Engage a greater number of families, and engage the whole family, as we seek buy-in to their children’s education and character-building interventions.
- Target a pre-elementary school child group, where we can collectively make a significant impact in early-learning, before children even start school.
We have deliberately chosen to focus on families with young children, those parents have demonstrated an interest in learning English alongside their child
In 2018, LHCC was one of three organizations selected from over 30 to join the inaugural Cultivate cohort of non-profits in January 2018. CULTIVATE, an incubator and accelerator for emerging nonprofit organizations managed by Next Stage, a Charlotte-based strategy firm for nonprofits. Together with Next Stage, we have developed a strategic business plan as a means to sustaining and growing the mission and vision of LHCC for the next 5 to 10 years.
During 2018, we accomplished the following:
- Introduced a new east-side program, serving over 70 students in partnership with Missionary Athletes International (MAI) and Albemarle Road United Methodist Church
- Increased emphasis on family engagement and conversational English with parents of students, creating a very effective cross-cultural exchange
- Three after-school programs launched in the fall 2018
- 300 children served during five weeks of summer camp
- Estimated 4,500 meals served during the summer and 3,000 during the school year
- Highest percentage of children passing YMCA swim proficiency tests in three years
- Improved ratio of participants to volunteers in after-school program (less than 2.5 to 1)
- Three mission-based partnerships directly supported our daily VBS intervention
- Average 2 hours of literacy or reading intervention per child/day during summer programs
- Estimated 5,500 hours of literacy/reading intervention during camp ~ highest in 6 years
- Significantly increased number of parents participating in year-round program since inception
MISSION: Learning Help Centers of Charlotte provides scholastic and social supports to families, mired in generational poverty.
VISION: In partnership with like-minded non-profits, community partners and residents, who live in the communities in which we serve, we advocate for, invest in and mobilize resources to benefit awesome, yet vulnerable, children and their families.
CORE PROGRAM SERVICES:
- After-school homework and literacy support
- Summer enrichment & literacy camps
- Family stabilization and English Language Learning (ELL)
- Family enrichment
- Community engagement & community events and celebrations