Saginaw UMC

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Kid's Hope USA

Every 26 seconds, a youth drops out of school.
Every 35 seconds, a child is confirmed as abused or neglected.
Every 4 minutes, a child is arrested for drug abuse.

Saginaw United Methodist Church is "here for good" and is committed to changing lives in our community. One way we do this is through mentoring at-risk children.

SUMC is connected to Willow Creek Elementary through Kids Hope USA, a one-to-one mentoring program. The mentor model features:

  • One child: an at-risk public elementary school child who needs a relationship with a caring adult;
  • One hour: sixty critical minutes each week spent with a trained mentor who befriends the child and helps him acquire basic academic skills;
  • One church: owns the program with its partner school and provides a trained mentor and a behind-the-scenes prayer partner for each child; and
  • One school: welcomes this proven intervention to increase the academic skills of at-risk children at no cost to the school.

How You Can Get Involved:

Become a Mentor:
Mentoring a child is a wonderful way to devote an hour a week to a child who desperately wants your love and guidance. Each mentor is paired with a child and meets with them on a weekly basis to work on academics and to have some fun together.

Become a Prayer Partner:
Faithfully commit to praying for one of our mentor/child pairs. Pray for their success and check in with them to hear joys and concerns.

To Learn More and Get Connected

Contact Rev. Jason Valendy.