Mission, Values & Guiding Principles, Vision & Measures of Success
Since July 2012, Learning Help Centers of Charlotte has provided scholastic, spiritual and social support to families mired in generational poverty.
In partnership with like-minded non-profits, community partners and residents, we offer five program services at no cost to residents. Our goal is to advocate for, invest in and mobilize resources to benefit awesome, yet vulnerable, children and families.
LHCC engages at-risk families through weekly tutoring, summer camps for children and through family enrichment events. We also mentor and provide crises interventions for parents. We strive to educate and empower parents and children to become future community leaders.
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 push youth to be positive role-models while encouraging sound character development
- We teach youth and adults the importance of physical activity and healthy nutrition
- We live among the people we serve
- We strive to build trusted and lasting relationships with families and their children
- 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 staff and volunteers offer a high level of personal interaction with residents
- We develop collaborative partnerships with other organizations in the community in order to be of greater assistance to those we serve.
- We are very intentional with our good deeds, hoping that these deeds ultimately lead to goodwill and good news
How Our Accomplishments are Measured
Our Impact and Reach
- 250 children were served in our 2017 summer enrichment and literacy programs
- 50 to 75 children are engaged each week in after-school enrichment, literacy, feeding and community building programs
- 250 disadvantaged children were provided with two to three nutritious meals and snacks each day during our summer program
- 25 to 30 adults/parents of the children we serve were engaged in the 2017 ESL classes that were conducted during the school year and summer programs
- We partnered with three organizations servicing over 150 middle and high school students; 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 such as 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
- Approximately 25 adult tutors/volunteers are engaged with our children on a weekly basis during the CMS school year, as well as during the summer enrichment program
- 100% of participating elementary students will be connected to staff and/or volunteers who provide a safe place to meet
- 90% of youth will be 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 2016-17 school year
- We help children, prior to starting kindergarten, with phonics (letter and syllable sound) and learning sight words. We measure the number of new words learned by all students to ensure retention as we track how they apply what they’ve learned
- We measure impact by the positive changes in family dynamics and by the retention of families in the program