Prayer: Through God, by prayer, all things are possible, especially changed lives.
Teamwork: We believe our staff is stronger together. We aim to prove this by persevering through struggles, conflicts, and by celebrating our successes.
Leadership Development: Leadership must be multiplied. Our staff is provided opportunities to develop their abilities, feel the weight of extra burdens, seize the initiative, and attain the power of final decision.
In order to affect…
Community: We are building a community within our staff in order to reach the under-resourced in our greater community.
Through the means of…
Love: As God is love and we are called to love Him and our neighbor, so love drives our staff and our ministry in the service of others.
Influence: The heart of our mission is to influence kids, families, and the community through one to one mentoring relationships.
Character Development: Life skills training is an integral part of our mentoring, after school, and abstinence programs and is key to a kid’s future success.
Acceptance: Regardless of whether a kid attains our spiritual or academic goals, our unconditional love for that child will not waiver.
Excellence: Our dedication to excellence involves not only demanding our work be above reproach, but to cast a vision of excellence within the community we are trying to reach. Since there is a correlation between excellence and achievement, breaking the poverty cycle through the acquisition of higher education and/or vocational skills is an inherent value of our mission.
Fun: Fun makes our staff and programs sticky. Joy is a gift to be woven throughout our lives and can motivate kids to heal, persevere and achieve.
1) Serving the children of the central district of Johnson City through life-on-life relationship building and providing life skills training and tools with the hope that participants will become followers of Christ and positive contributors to our community.
Programming will include:
• Spiritual Formation – Participants will see themselves as God sees them with a sign of tangible and regular spiritual input in their lives (e.g. profession of faith in Christ, regular involvement in a home church, ministry involvement, etc.)
• Life skill development
o Character (sharing Rise Up! values and positively contributing to our community)
o Social (expressing feelings appropriately, controlling anger, decision making)
o Academic (equipped and proactively pursuing post high school education)
2) Committing to the belief that supporting and inspiring our current students (and their mentor/small group leader) is of greater priority than meeting the needs of the many students. We will support our students through these specific ways:
a. Providing long-term small groups
– Serve 70-80 children (7 elementary small-groups) by 2013 and 200 children by 2016
b. Strengthening one-on-one Mentoring – provide mentors for each Small Group youth
c. Increasing after school programming
i. Re-establish Quest Day to drive spiritual development
ii. Increased emphasis on our Servant and Leadership Training (SALT) program (job training)
d. Enhancing the long-term partnership between Rise Up! and Grace Fellowship Church to serve the Mountain View Elementary School and community with the goal of providing 100 children with a post-high school education.
i. Meeting the basic needs of the school and it’s families
ii. Providing educational support
iii. Encouraging parent involvement
iv. Developing mentoring relationships
We give families 3 options as to the depth of relationship they want their kid to have with us. Mentoring, small groups, and S.K.I.A our after school program.
We have the only one-on-one mentoring program focused in the Johnson City area. We currently have over 100 kids matched with a mentor.
We have programming for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. Also, 6th grade and up can participate in our Servant and Leadership program where they have responsibilities, develop skills, and earn a paycheck for their help.
We emphasize post high school training and education whether by going to college, vocational training, or serving in the armed forces. We hope to develop a “Difference” scholarship for our kids that will pay the difference between tuition and the lottery scholarship.
We act on the importance of prayer. We have a Prayer Coordinator who matches a prayer partner with every kid in our program.
Rise Up! gives families 3 options as to the depth of relationship they want their kid to have with us, from mentoring, small groups, and our after school program.
We’ve practiced mentoring for a long time so that our process is simple and effective.
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