Could you be a friend to a Springfield kid after school this fall?

Maddie is a ten-year-old girl who loves singing, dogs, watching YouTube, and playing with her friends.  When the school bell rings on Tuesdays and Thursdays this fall, she’ll be bouncing out the door of school and onto the STARS van headed to Westside Christian Community.

At STARS, Maddie loves getting a snack, playing board games with adult leaders, hearing a Bible story, and eating dinner together. She doesn’t always love homework, but with a lot of encouragement and a little help, she’ll get better at her reading and her times tables, and may even see her grades nudge up this school year.

Kids like Maddie may come with specific needs like a good snack or dinner, or homework help. But the biggest need Maddie has is for a friend:

Someone to listen. Someone to play a game or shoot baskets with her. Someone to laugh with her. Someone to ask good questions. Someone to hear how her day went.

Maddie needs some adults and teens to show up for her this fall – and so do the elementary and middle school kids at 11 other SCYM afterschool program sites. Whether that’s by driving, helping in the kitchen, giving homework help, or just playing with kids who want to play, we’re on the hunt for people who have an hour or two a week to give to kids this fall.

Here’s what our grid of afterschool opportunities looks like for this fall:


Interested in joining the team? Click here to take a quick survey about your availability and get more information.

You may not be able to help the whole world, but you can help one kid — and that may change their whole world. 

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