Saturday, April 19, 2014
 
KIDS HOPE USA is a catalyst for an expanding network of church/school partnership. These partnerships take on the enormous challenge of kids at risk-One Child, One Hour, One Church, One School at a time - through one-on-one relationships.
 
 
 
Kids Hope USA Director - Francine Champagne
 

Our school is Hammond Westside Montessori

One Child

An at-risk public elementary school child who needs a relationship with a caring adult.

There is a desperate need among America’s at-risk children to be the “one-and-only” in the life of a caring adult. This need for love can only be met one child at a time. You can do something real, and be that one caring adult. So when your KIDS HOPE USA child asks, “How many other children do you see at my school?” you can say, “I'm here, just for you.” When kids feel loved and valued, they are better able to learn, grow and succeed.

One Hour

Sixty critical minutes each week when a trained mentor befriends a child and helps him or her acquire basic academic skills.

How much is an hour worth? One educator seems to think an hour is worth a lot. “Given the choice between $100,000 for instructional material or the love of KIDS HOPE USA mentors,” she says, “I would choose the love.” One hour a week, every week, is the most important hour many of these kids have. One hour of one-on-one attention, just for them.

One Church

Takes ownership of a program with its neighborhood school and provides a trained mentor and a behind-the-scenes prayer partner for each child.

Many church members today have a deep longing to do something real, to make a real difference. KIDS HOPE USA gives churches the tools they need to tap into this energy and create a meaningful, sustainable partnership with a school in their community. KIDS HOPE USA church/school partnerships offer churches and their members the opportunity to put their faith into action.

One School

Welcomes this proven intervention to increase the academic skills of at-risk children, while incurring no additional expense.

Our schools need help. Too many of their children face a world full of problems they didn’t create, and can do nothing about. Principals and teachers recognize KIDS HOPE USA mentors as an effective, proven intervention in the lives of their at-risk kids. They know how the one-on-one relationships fostered by a KIDS HOPE USA program restore self-confidence and personal security, and encourage academic excellence in their school. 

The numbers speak for themselves. According to March 2008 statistics collected by the Children’s Defense Fund, every day in America:

  • 4 children are killed by abuse or neglect.
  • 5 children or teens commit suicide.
  • 8 children or teens are killed by firearms.
  • 1,154 babies are born to teen mothers.
  • 2,467 high school students drop out.
  • 2,421 children are confirmed as abused or neglected.
  • 2,483 babies are born into poverty.
  • 3,477 children are arrested, 451 of them for violent crimes or drug abuse.

With statistics like these, it’s no wonder that 1 in 3 children in America is a year or more behind in school. And children who leave elementary school not being able to read at grade level are dramatically less likely to succeed.

Millions of our children are living in situations where their emotional and social needs are not being met, putting them at risk. Millions of children in America are searching for proof that someone cares. KIDS HOPE USA is here to give them that proof, one child, one hour at a time. Our proven programs join one church and one school in a partnership that helps children thrive.

 
For more information contact the church office at (985)345-4013