Elementary schools across the country are requesting Kids Hope USA programs because they know how much these mentoring relationships make a difference in the lives of their children. Kids Hope USA church-school partnerships provide a proven intervention for at-risk students, resulting in significant changes in attitude and behavior as well as academic performance, at no cost to the school. Teachers and principals recognize that what the children receive from individual attention outside the class equals or exceeds what they would receive in the classroom.
Teachers, principals and social workers are asked to refer children—generally those whose emotional, social and academic needs are not currently being met—who could benefit from a relationship with a caring adult. Many of these children live in unstable environments and receive too little nurture. Abuse, neglect, divorce, poverty, drugs or other problems may contribute to the child's needs, but that is not necessarily the case. "...we are always in need of volunteers who can help us with our vision—to inspire individuals to convert their dreams into realities. Through the assistance and dedication of Kids Hope USA mentors, many of our students are receiving much needed support. The KHUSA program not only provides one-on-one mentoring for our students, but it also supports our students' emotional and social needs." - Tony Sanders, Chief Executive Officer, School District U-46, Il.
Kids Hope USA mentors are recruited, screened, trained and supervised by a church Director, who serves as the school's primary point of contact. The Director is responsible for presenting the program to the faculty and providing an orientation for teachers whose children will be mentored. Schools find that the Director and the mentors are faithful, attentive and genuinely love the children they serve. And the school can rest assured that the separation of church and state will be appropriately honored.
To learn more about how the program works, click here to view the school online packet! And to discuss the possibility of a partnership for your school, call or email us today.
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