Posts by Lesley Simmons

NEWS: New Academic Program

Research shows that effects of falling behind in reading and feeling like a failure can take a large toll on kids. Learn how A4Y is working to remedy this.

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Summer Programs Update

They saw that the Gospel is cool. It’s not so much a religion or just what they see in church, it’s a relationship.”  Read more by clicking the above title.

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Invisible Wounds

By Lesley Simmons We all suffer from invisible wounds. I was with a group of friends recently, and one by one the women started opening up and sharing about difficulties, several acknowledging that they think they stem from hurts suffered when they were children or in early relationships. You often hear the term “invisible wounds”…

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Hear from a former A4Y student…

Acts4Youth News: July 2019 Continuing Impact “Hey coach this is me, Shamar Randall. It’s been a long time since I saw and spoke to you! And I’m just checking up on you to make sure you’re doing fine and to let you know I’m joining the Marines, well actually leaving for boot camp in the…

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Student Spotlight and More News!

  In this Issue:  Student Spotlight: Tashawn Thoughts from a Volunteer Mentor Sponsor a Student this Summer Student Spotlight: 8th Grader Tashawn “Before Tashawn came to the program, he used to goof around a lot and didn’t know when to turn it on or turn it off,” said Ernest Prempeh, Acts4Youth’s Game Plan to Manhood…

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Thoughts from a Volunteer Mentor

Allowing Yourself to be Vulnerable Creates Opportunities By Andrew Haley, a mentor in Acts4Youth’s Pathways program. Andrew says he, “lives to create and drives to inspire through his passion of helping others.” He has been involved with many service organizations, including City Year, International Rescue Committee, and Alternative Breaks. When Andrew isn’t serving, he leads…

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Learning Perseverance at the Game Plan Retreat

By Julia Higham On a Saturday in February, I had the pleasure of visiting the Game Plan retreat, and interviewing some of the boys in the program. In addition to their afternoon/evening meetings, the middle school boys attend Saturday retreats every month that include a lesson from a guest speaker, a service project, and a…

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February 2019 Newsletter

“I want to grow closer to Jesus Christ.”… This is not something kids typically share in front of the whole class. Read more here.

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December 2018 Newsletter

“I felt like I just started doing bible study with my homeboys, and I was starting to read the bible more and stuff from the program was coming back to me. I felt like this would be a good chance for me to apply my knowledge, grow in it, and give it to others.” Read…

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