Kids Hope USA
ONE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
One child, one hour is the heart of KIDS HOPE USA (KHUSA). One caring adult mentoring an at-risk child one hour every week. Because when kids feel loved and valued, they are better able to learn, grow, and succeed.
Statistics show that children who acquire critical reading skills by grade four are eight times less likely to drop out of school. Kids Hope USA volunteers help children learn through tutoring as well as giving the emotional support of a friendly, caring relationship. These relationships become the foundation for reaching neighborhood families with the good news of Jesus Christ simply by demonstrating love and faithfulness every week.
KIDS HOPE USA builds caring relationships… one child, one hour, one church, one school
We believe in Jesus’ way
Our KHUSA Director
What is the KIDS HOPE program?
KIDS HOPE USA gives church members an opportunity to model the love of Christ by building a relationship with a public school in our community. This relationship affirms the child while helping him/her increase their reading, writing and possibly math skills. Mentors spend one hour per week with their student. A prayer partner is identified for each relationship.
KIDS HOPE USA was created by International Aid in 1993 to help local churches address the growing needs of America’s children. The relational model was adopted after extensive research with professionals in human services, health services, religion, education, government, business and volunteer services showed that children performing below grade level could make improvement if trained church volunteers would affirm them by developing a relationship and helping them in their weaker subjects (reading, math, writing, etc). In 2002, the rapidly expanding KIDS HOPE USA national office became an independent organization and is located in Zeeland, MI.
Who are these children?
One principal described the KHUSA children this way; - Quiet, lost souls - Kids who exhibit behavioral problems -Kids who need help learning We are generally asked to work with children whose emotional, social and/or academic needs can be met through a relationship with a caring adult. The students are selected by the teacher and/or principal.
Who can be a KIDS HOPE USA volunteer?
Any East Shore Baptist Church member or regular attendee over the age of 16 who can read, loves the Lord, and has a heart for children is eligible to participate in the program as a mentor. All volunteers will be “interviewed” by the Director, submit references and must agree to have a criminal background check.
How much time will I need to commit?
When it comes to your contact with a child, a few minutes will go a very long way. Indeed, teachers report significant changes in behavior and academic performance for some children after only two visits. All we ask is that you give one hour per week for a school year to your assigned child. Children who lack structure in their lives need to count on those special moments with you once each week. We will try to offer you flexibility as to when the hour occurs based on your schedule and the teacher’s schedule. Many of our mentors meet with their child around lunch hour. We also hope to have trained substitute mentors who can meet your student if you have to miss a week.
Does one hour really make a difference?
Yes. Teachers consistently report that the KIDS HOPE USA children show significant improvement in four areas; attendance (the kids don’t want to miss their visit with their KHUSA friend); academic performance, attitude and behavior.
Will I receive training?
A training session is required for all KIDS HOPE USA mentors. This thorough training will give you all the tools you need to be ready to start a dynamic relationship with a wonderful child. These trainings are scheduled as needed and last approximately 2-1/2 – 3 hours.
What if I need help after I’m working with the child?
The KIDS HOPE USA Director, working cooperatively with the teacher, is ready and able to help you. They are part of your support system.
What if the relationship just doesn’t work or I have to drop out of the program?
The program Director will help the mentor and student resolve differences and, if necessary, accomplish a “no fault” separation. Special care will be taken to protect the participants from feelings of guilt and rejection.
When and where will I spend my hour?
Your mentoring time will be scheduled at the school during the day. Liability issues make unsupervised meetings between an adult and child outside the church or school setting unwise.
Will anything else be required of me?
KIDS HOPE USA mentors and children enjoy 1 or 2 events a year. These are wonderful opportunities to celebrate together and invite parents to be involved and make a home-school connection. We also have a luncheon for the teachers and staff to show our appreciation of their support of the KIDS HOPE USA program.
How do I get involved?
Contact Julie Good for more information at 717-652-2811
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is our partner school?
Paxtonia Elementary School – Principal – Mrs. Betsy Robinson 6135 Jonestown Road Harrisburg, PA 17112 717- 657-3202