Immigrant and refugee kids are in a cultural no-man's land, caught between two worlds. They face many challenges in our urban context. Yet, they have many gifts and talents and great potential in Christ. We love to create a safe environment for them to begin walking with Jesus, thrive academically, and grow as disciples and leaders who will make a positive impact on our entire community and the world!
Our Kids Adelante and Refugee Kids Clubs are dynamic and fun club programs for kids ages 5-12 that introduce them to Jesus in a relational environment. A typical night includes 50-70 kids, structured and unstructured games, songs, and age-appropriate small group lessons. Kids Adelante with Latino kids meets on Thursday nights from 6:30-8:30 and our Refugee Kids Club meets on Tuesday nights during the same time frame. Volunteers serve weekly as small group leaders for a group of 6-10 kids over the course of a 12-week trimester. Of course, we hope you love it and become a more permanent part of the team!
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Leaders In Training (LIT)
Making disciples requires a life-on-life investment serving, sharing life, and sharing Jesus. Our Leaders-in-Training program for kids creates a context for disciple-making with kids in our neighborhood. Each year we choose 12-15 standout kids to participate in a year-long after-school enrichment and discipling program. Three afternoons each week we work hard on academics and spiritual and character development, giving the kids opportunities for leadership and creative exploration that they wouldn't likely receive elsewhere in our urban context. Volunteers serve weekly as tutors on the afternoon of their choice, over the course of a school year, building mentoring relationships with the kids as they model the love and character of Christ. Kids who have participated in LIT have gone on to become leaders in our community, have gained entrance into better high schools, and have even received scholarships to attend college.