mentoring

Mentoring in first person: Rich and Cedric’s story

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It was September 2016 when Cedric, a freshman at Springfield High School, was matched with a mentor, Rich Warren, Pastor at Trinity Missionary Church in Springfield. Today Cedric is in 10th grade, involved with ROTC, and wants to join the military after high school. We sat down with Rich and Cedric to learn what mentoring […]

Camp Boost

What Kids Need More than SCYM

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Fresh off the presses! Today over on the west side of Springfield, Camp Boost Summer Reading Clubs kicked off with a full house of kids in a brand new location: Maiden Lane Church of God. We’re thrilled for lots of reasons: — Kids on the west side of Springfield now have a Camp Boost close […]

afterschool program

Buy a product; spark a dream

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When we look around our city, it’s easy to spot the things we don’t want for our children: Drug addiction. Teen pregnancy. Dropping out of school. Violence. Dead-end futures. We see a headline and shake our heads and say, “Somebody needs to do something.” The problem is, it’s not as easy as just telling kids […]

afterschool program

Snapshots of GirlPower Afterschool

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January is GirlPower month around here! If you’re new to GirlPower, it’s an afterschool program for Springfield middle school girls that started in 2006. Girls meet once a week at sites around the city to talk, laugh, learn, exercise, and build healthy habits together. But GirlPower is more than just a program! We hope these […]

afterschool program

Meet a Manpower guy!

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Name: Anthony Something I like about Manpower: Playing sports Something I’ve learned about being a man: You’re not just born with the traits that a man should have, you have to work on them. Name: Jordan Something I learn at Manpower: How to be a man Something that you need to do to be a […]

training

On Silent Tragedies

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11-year-old Alan’s father and mother are both in prison. He and his younger siblings live with their grandma, who struggles with health problems. 13-year-old Kevin’s family has been chronically homeless for years. He and his family frequently are evicted for not paying rent, then move in with a friend or family member, and repeat the […]