Children and Youth
Children and Youth Mission Partners
The little children were being brought to Jesus in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.' --Matthew 19:13-15
Through a number of mission partners, Christ Church reaches out to children and youth of all ages, including college students, in the Washington, D.C. community. In partnership with these organizations, Christ Church offers assistance with education programs, mentoring, career/entrepreneurial projects, spiritual support, lecturing, and other activities.
Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys
Gift amount: $20,000
Contact: Catherine Marquardt
Founded in 2008, The Bishop Walker School was a response to serious educational challenges facing African American boys in low-income communities east of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. Its vision is to provide a nurturing supportive community that will lay a solid educational, social, and spiritual foundation in support of students for their current and future success. In Wards 7 and 8, where most BWS families live, less than 20% of residents have earned a bachelor's degree. BWS is committed to equipping boys with the skills, tools and resouces to break this cycle of underachievement and enable them to reach their full potential. By improving the nutritional, physical and emotional health of the students, the families also benefit. Students receive three meals a day on campus, health and dental screenings, counseling services, before and after school care, and summer programs. Extended day and summer programs are particularly helpful in stablilizing families in which both parents work. Volunteering opportunities include:
- Lunch Buddies - men who spend one hour a month with a class to provide a positive male role model for students, many of whom are from single-parent households headed by women.
- Amazon Wish List Book Donations: A book list compiled by teachers and educators and gleaned from the children's wishes. To contribute books visit the Wish List page on Amzaon.
- Library Assistance - on a weekly basis to help older boys with reading and research. Quarterly, volunteers are needed to process donations, shelve books and assemble book bags.
- Handy Person/Grounds Work - on school work days help with small projects and grounds maintenance days, or as fits with your schedule.
- Additional opportunities: visit the website: www.bishopwalkerschool.org and go to the volunteer page.
BUILD Metro DC, headquartered in Adams Morgan, has become a critical feature for the city in engaging students from under-resourced communities through the organization's four-year entrepreurship, business development, and post-secondary readiness model. In partnership with D.C. public schools and charter schools, BUILD serves 350 students at seven high schools. BUILD operates school-based business incubators in which more than 40 student business teams launch and run their own start-ups. Students are provided with individualized academic support and business coaching, supported by professional mentors who work with the students on a weekly bais. BUILD staff and volunteers cultivate the students' business, academic, and life skills to prepare them for high school, college, and career success. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Mentoring a team of students to help them launch and run their own business. Meeting one evening each week, mentors act as role models and help students set high expectations for themselves.
- Event judges who listen to students pitch ideas and provide feedback. Events happen throughout the year and judges score the teams on content and presentation.
- Job shadow days when volunteers take one or two students to their place of work, possibly introducing them to a career they might not otherwise have considered
- For other volunteer opportunities, visit the website: www.build.org.
St. Philip's Child Development Center
St. Philips Child Develpment Center, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, provides infant, pre-K, and early childhood education to low income educationally at-risk children in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. St. Philip's mission is to provide a safe, positive learning environment for the youngest children in the community; to nurture their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth with a curriculum of excellence, focused on school readiness; and to support and stregthen families. Volunteer opportunities include:
- Center Clean-up Day: An annual one-day event when volunteers spruce up the center, learn about services, and enjoy fellowship with the center's community.
- Classroom Reader: Volunteers with specific skills (seamstress, artist, gardener, photographer, musician, etc.) provide weekly or monthly activities that offer an the opportunity to build a closer relationship with the center by sharing talents, and engaging directly with children and staff.
- Board of Directors: The center is seeking qualified, enthusiastic individuals to consider membership on the Board of Directors, particularly those skilled in finance and or human resources.
- For more information, visit: www.stphilipscds.org
The Washington School for Girls
Gift amount: $3,000
Contact: Sheila Ward
Founded in 1997, the Washington School for Girls educates young women - 140 in 2016 - in grades 3 through 8 with academic potential but limited family resources. The school serves girls whose socio-economic and personal circumstances present barriers to their academic and social development. Graduates have a 98% high school completion rate and over 80% go on to enroll in post-secondary programs, including college, vocational schools, and the military. Students participate in service-learning projects that promote understanding and develop solutions to real world problems. Christ Church, the most consistent and generous donor according to the school, has supported the school since 2005 with a gift of $5,000, increased to $10,000 in 2006-2009, $13,500 in 2009-2011, and $10,000 in 2012-2014. The 2016 gift of $4,000 will go to the year-round program introduced for the new third grade, to keep them in school throughout the summer and avoid slippage in their learning. It will also provide time for enriching experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting. Half of the WSC budget comes from foundations and half from individuals. WSG is expanding its volunteer opportunities. At present, volunteers are invited to tutor/mentor the 8th grade girls as they prepare for graduation. For more information, visit the website: www.washingtonmiddleschoolforgirls.org.