KD is a typical kid who was bored by the idea of reading. We introduced him to our iPad-based reading “program” developed by Rosetta Stone and he realized it wasn’t as bad as he thought. Since our program acts like an iPad game to the kids, KD was able to utilize his competitive nature to challenge other kids in who could advance the fastest. One week he broke our reading record by reading over 3x the average amount over a two day period. We call him “The King” of our reading program, and you can clearly see why!
Did you know? 40% of kids reading with us regularly improved their literacy by at least one grade level.
McKenzie dreamt of becoming a model, but was constantly bullied about her albino skin coloration. When she developed serious depression as a result, we were able to come along side her and encourage her beauty inside and out. We coordinated a photo shoot for her and, as you can see, she was a natural! Now she is more able to embrace her differences and not let the bullying impact her self-worth.
Did you know? UTD’s Brain Heath Institute is piloting a virtual counseling service to pair our kids with professional counselors, providing us with feedback similar to: “[John] will better understand when you use shorter sentences because [his] working memory has been stunted by trauma.”
JoJo is a wonderful young woman in our community. She has been dealt her fair share of difficulties, and has sought friendship in Cierra, a leader in the community center in Jojo’s apartment complex. Cierra has been able to walk with JoJo through trials and triumphs, forging a relationship that is grounded in God’s love. As iron sharpens iron, Cierra and JoJo make each other stronger and more prepared for what life may throw their way.
Did you know? We had 108 kids attend weekly discipleship groups in 2018.
Lamaj has been a part of our family for years. We partner with Camp Firewalker twice a year to take a group of 30 young boys from our communities camping. With a one-to-one ratio of adults to boys, it’s an incredible opportunity to build relationships and explore the outdoors and learn skills like fishing and kayaking!
Did you know? We collaborate with over 40 professional organizations to provide enrichment opportunities such as photography, dance, cooking, painting, music, coding, pottery, basketball, and boxing!