What We Do
Acts4Youth nurtures personal, social and spiritual development in at-risk Baltimore City youth through its afterschool, summer and one-on-one mentoring programs. Its vision is to see Baltimore City youth restored to wholeness and thriving within their communities.
Filling in the Missing Pieces to Adulthood
Refining traits that direct actions and guide a student through circumstances in virtuous ways leading to pathways of success
Developing the ability to understand and express emotions in a mature manner in order to connect with others in positive ways
Life & Social Skills
Learning skills to prepare for future success in dealing with conflict, developing healthy relationships and working as productive members of teams
Having a desire to know God and a growing reliance on His character and promises displayed in convictions and ethical actions
Gameplan to Manhood
Our mentoring programming starts in grade four and progresses through an elementary/middle school path to a high school path. Each path has activities and a curriculum that are designed to help the participants become good students, teammates, citizens and employees. Learn More
Shine into Womanhood
Acts4Youth mentoring program for girls begins this fall! The focus of the program will be on helping girls develop their inner beauty by intentionally nurturing their character, emotional, social, and spiritual development. Learn More
"Acts4Youth is one of if ot the only Christian organization offering solutions to at-risk boys through after school and summer academies that address academic, social, emotional, vocational, and spiritual needs across elementary, middle, and high school."
- Research/Marketing Group Loyola University
“The biggest challenge Acts4Youth has helped me work through is anger. Every time I got angry, I had to do a time out worksheet. It made me think about how I want to do things differently next time. I started staying away from those people [who made me angry], taking deep breaths, and counting to ten.”
- 6th grade boy who has been attending Acts4Youth’s program since 4th grade
“I’ve learned [at Acts4Youth] that some people are different from others, and no matter if you’re different, you can still succeed. When you can’t get it right, just do your best.”
- 4th grade boy after his first year Acts4Youth’s program.
“I learned about God and how He sacrificed Himself to help us. I hadn’t heard about it before…. It changes how I think about myself.”
- 7th grade boy after his first year in Acts4Youth’s program
“They [Acts4Youth leaders] get us to meet new people, make friends, make peace with the world, be a leader and not a follower.”
- 8th grader who has been with Acts4Youth’s program for 4 years
“I didn’t realize they did all of this. Acts4Youth has been such a help to my son and me. We are so thankful!”
- Ms. Knox, mother of an Acts4Youth student
“I can never seem to touch the football or run because my shoe’s always coming off. But at Acts4Youth, the boys throw the ball to me.”
- 4th grade student, after his first year in the Acts4Youth Program
Ways To Support Us
Become A Partner
We partner with various organizations around the community in hopes of providing diverse and enriching opportunities for our students.
Make A Donation
Donations provide us with the resources to develop programs that fit the varying needs of our students. All donations go directly to student support
Fundraise For A4Y
Each year we organize an Acts4Youth Running Team. The team runs or walks to raise money for the Acts4Youth program. Please join us!
Become A Volunteer
There are always a number of volunteer opportunities available that allow interested applicants to get involved in our programs.
Get The Latest News And Updates
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“They say we’re uneducated. And we call ourselves savages. I say that we are liberated. We are more than what they say of us.” This is the beginning of a spoken word poem written by an A4Y middle school boy. Click to read more.
For Joelle (an Acts4Youth mentor), “the days she mentors have become the ones she looks forward to most during the week. She says they are, ‘sometimes challenging, often hilarious, and always humbling.’” Click here to read more of Church of the Nativity’s.
“For some of them their family lives are crazy, and this is a chance for them to talk. It’s only an hour of my time, but it can make a difference in their day.”Click here to read how the volunteer and staff mentors believe the new lunchtime breakout sessions can impact the kids.
Acts4Youth is expanding to a third school this spring. Click here to read more.
Date: May 26, 2016 Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Location: Loyola University McGuire Hall 4501 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21210 RSVP By: May 18, 2016 Kurt Schmoke, our guest speaker and recipient of Warren Mitchell Award. President of University of Baltimore and former mayor of Baltimore City.
The new Acts4Youth Girls Program started in October. Donyetta, one of the staff mentors, said, “These girls will look someplace for guidance. If we’re not here to provide it, they will look to the media or bad influences in the neighborhood.” Click here to read more.
A year in review for Acts4Youth and a preview of what’s to come in 2016. Click here to read more!
Acts4Youth is partnering with River Valley Ranch (RVR) again this year in their run on August 15th. Please join us or sponsor one of our runners, including some of the Acts4Youth boys. Click here to read more!
This spring, Darius Harris became the second Acts4Youth student to gain acceptance into a private high school. Getting there was a challenging journey, with many hours of studying after school. Darius has learned he must fight for what he wants to pursue. Click here to read more!