Violence

Many of the children we work with have learned that violence is a legitimate solution for dealing with conflict and other issues. The children we work with are able to state this belief to us with great conviction. Violence is often resorted to out of a desire to have control over a situation or another person when one feels powerless. Violence is the choice of a broken world in need of healing and hope. 

"The critical feature of such neighborhoods that is most directly related to the high rates of violence, crime and substance use, is the absence of any effective social or cultural organization in these neighborhoods... Poverty is linked to violence through disorganized neighborhoods."
- D.S. Elliot, "Youth Violence: An Overview"

 

Serving Others

We believe it is imperative for children to engage in activities which force them to see outside of themselves and look to the needs of others. Serving another is extremely significant in the development of a child into a mature adult willing to contribute to the good of a community.

Each of our programs have dedicated a portion of their schedule to serving others with a concentration given to investing in the community we live in. These activities range from trash pick-up days to working in a local soup kitchen to spending a week out of state. Our Ministry Clubs do over 20 service projects every year!

"Everyone benefits from children serving as volunteers. There are several advantageous factors that children can receive and contribute to recipient organizations and to society by serving as volunteers. Volunteer projects have the potential of dramatically making a difference in the lives of their young participants. The importance of children as volunteers include the following; promotes healthy lifestyle and choices, enhances development, teaches life skills, improves the community, and encourages a lifelong service ethic."
- Gabrina Torres, "The Future of Volunteering: Children Under the Age of 14 As Volunteers"

 

 

    

Serving the youth of Southeast Canton with the love of Christ.

 

Most of the students in our community face many obstacles to their intellectual, social, physical, and spiritual growth.  We name a few of them here not to generate pity but in an attempt to be realistic.  None of these obstacles are in and of themselves a game-stopper.  Though when these obstacles begin piling one on to of the other we begin to see the great difficulty that children and families face as they try to achieve in the classroom and aspire vocationally.