Mission, Values & Guiding Principles, Vision & Measures of Success

 

Our Mission

To provide holistic program services that empower sustainable communities, to underserved families and children, right where they live. 

In partnership with like-minded non-profits 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.

 

 

Our Values & Guiding Principles

  • We will expose children to a safe, relational environment where they can simply be themselves and have fun
  • We strive to prevent or minimize school drop-out rates
  • We aim to raise up leaders and expose youth to be positive role-models and sound character development
  • We teach youth and adults the importance of physical activity and healthy nutrition
  • We help to educate adults and children on living a healthy lifestyle
  • We live among the people we serve
  • We strive to build trusted and lasting relationships with families and their children
  • We will not do for others that they can reasonably do for themselves
  • We do not believe in hand-outs, only hand-ups
  • We are a faith-based non-profit whose mission is to love and care for all people, without bias or discrimination
  • We will focus on our five core program services
  • Our services are delivered by staff and volunteers with a high level of personal interaction
  • We develop collaborative partners with others who can offer greater capacity and human services capabilities
  • We are very intentional with our good deeds, leading to goodwill, and good news

Our Vision

We are committed to supporting underserved families by offering quality programming that is shown
to transform lives, by helping to break generational poverty, and by encouraging the next generation
of marginalized children to stay in school and become role models & leaders in their homes and in
society.

How Our Accomplishments are Measured

Our Impact and Reach

  • 250 children were served from June until August in our 2017 summer enrichment and literacy programs
  • Between 50 and 75 children are engaged each week in after-school enrichment, literacy, feeding and community building programs
  • 250 disadvantaged children were provided with two/three nutritious meals/snacks each day of summer program
  • 25-30 adults/parents, of the children we serve, were engaged in the 2017 ESL classes conducted during the school year and summer programs
  • Three partner organizations with over 150 middle/and high school and over 25 adult volunteers supplemented our summer literacy and reading programs 
  • As a collaborative non-profit, we seek out opportunities to partner with other like-minded literacy and enrichment focused organizations, including local Title 1 schools, Central United Methodist Church (CUMC), Forest Hill Church (FHC), St Andrews UMC, Missionary Athletes International (MAI), Latin Americans Working for Achievement (LAWA), and The Charlotte Mecklenburg library
  • 20-25 adult tutors/volunteers are engaged with each of our children on a weekly basis for the duration of the CMS school year, as well as during the summer enrichment program

Outcomes

  • 100% of participating elementary students will be connected to staff or volunteer resources who provide a safe place to meet, and provide support for their upward mobility
  • 90% of youth will feel connected to one (or two) adult who serves as their multi-year mentor/tutor
  • 90% of high school students will be in a position to give-back and help mentor younger children with their after-school homework, math and reading activities
  • 100% of our students graduated into the next grade level in title 1 public schools at the end of the 2016/7 school year
  • We measure impact by the positive changes in family dynamics and retention of families in the program. We have also undertaken to focus on the youngest children prior to starting school, with phonics (letter and syllable sound) and learning sight words. We measure the number new words learned by all students, to ensure retention and application through ongoing interventions in our program
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