As Christmas approaches and the year comes to an end, I’ve been reflecting back on my time at Center for Champions thus far. It has been a long but wonderful transition from a traditional after-school program to a life on life mentoring program. We are more than halfway through that transition and we expect to continue to move forward in 2018. One thing that has been crystal clear is God’s faithfulness. Our mission is not our own with God’s backing, rather it’s His mission, given to us for us to get behind. I feel privileged to do the work I do for the God I serve.
2017 has been amazing. Our Rooted program for younger students is all one on one this year and it has been incredible! 4 students made a decision to follow Jesus, behavior has vastly improved, students are engaged, mentors are no longer assistant’s but rather full-time role models while students are at the Rooted sites. Our hope and prayer is for Rooted Teens to follow this same model.
Being Good Stewards
As a non-profit organization we are committed to being good stewards of our resources. We run an efficient program but we’ve found that we can do more. Many of you are financial donors to Center for Champions. As any non-profit leader will tell you, that is invaluable and we are grateful. If you are not already a financial supporter, please do consider it. Monthly commitments through Sponsor a Child make a world of difference. If you cannot make a monthly commitment, we’ve decided to list below some of our on-going practical needs. In 2018, I will post this list on our website and update it as needs are met. Though some of these needs may appear insignificant, they really are not. In-kind gifts have the same effect on our budget as many financial gifts.
So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
This passage has been on my mind a lot this season. In the Old Testament, the high priest acted as the mediator between man and God. Sacrifices were brought to the priests where blood was shed as a symbol of the forgiveness of sin. But it was a shadow and the priests were men, just as infected by sin as everyone else. Jesus is the great and final high priest who makes the shadow a reality. His blood was shed on our behalf. Without the cross, Christmas really becomes pointless but knowing that we have a great “high priest” who is the mediator between God and man, that is the greatest gift of grace we could ever receive.
With that in mind, have a Merry Christmas!
- 15 rolls of stamps
- 24 reams of printing paper
- 24 $50.00 gas cards
- 25 $25 Walmart gift cards
- Giant gift cards (food for families)
- 60 Mentor toolkits (roughly $25 each – text book, binder, t-shirt, mentoring strategies)
- 75 cases of bottled water
- Monthly Life on Life activities ($400 each month)
- 25 Bags of individually wrapped candy
- 30 new NLT Bibles (hardcover are ideal)
We will add to and update this list as needs get met. Tangible donations or cash donations are accepted.
As the end of the year approaches and some are looking at their end of the year giving, we found that we’ve been getting requests for needs and a “wish list”. If you’d like to help Center for Champions with any of our tangibles, here are our greatest needs and “big dreams”.
- Mechanical pencils (not all sites have readily available pencil sharpeners).
- Reams of printer paper and white cardstock.
- Cases of bottled water.
- Bags of wrapped candy (incentives…bribes really.)
- Gas gift cards (we spend $125-$200 each month doing pick-ups.)
- Monetary gifts or gift cards/certificates for Rooted Teen and Life on Life events (Avalanche Express snow tubing, Paramount Ninja Warrior Course, McDonald’s, Infinitos Pizza, The Coliseum, Applebees.)
- $25+ Walmart and/or Giant gift cards (helps offset the cost for monthly family gatherings and provide groceries for families when in need.)
- MacBook Pro computer.
- Donated items or gift cards for annual dinner auction.
- Sponsorship for mentor/mentee t-shirts ($450 – happy to put a company name on too.)
- 12 passenger van.
- Funding for another FT staff (we have opportunities for more sites but can’t take them without staff.)
- Warehouse in Harrisburg (if you happen to have one you want to get rid of.)
If you’d like to give a year-end monetary gift, you can do that here.
Thank you for supporting Center for Champions Youth and Family Mentoring! If you’d like to come to one of our sites and see what’s happening, give us a call. God is at work! We’d love to show you!
We are ready to launch the Steelton site on Thursday, November 2nd but we recently lost a few mentors for this new site. We are hoping not to delay the start any longer. If you’ve thought about being a mentor, we encourage you to take the step. Students need you and you can make a life-long difference. Sign up here.
We are excited for the launch of our Rooted-Steelton Site Mentoring program. It is a privilege to offer one on one mentoring through Rooted to students at Steelton-Highspire Elementary school. This new site will consist of 10-15 5th grade students. We will be meeting at LCBC-Harrisburg from 4:30-6:30 on Thursdays. BUT – we need mentors first!
Would you prayerfully consider becoming a mentor for a Steelton student? Rooted-Harrisburg this year has been excellent! It is so awesome to see students matched with caring, Christian mentors. Students love hanging out with their mentors and it’s not because they’re cool or funny but because they show up, they care and they want to invest in the life of another. We want to see the same thing happen in Steelton. If you are even thinking about it, contact us and learn more. Maybe you know others from your church or life-group, cell-group, youth ministry, etc…Help us spread the word.
If you are interested in learning more about Rooted – Steelton, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer is the best for kids! I remember growing up how awesome it was to get up, watch cartoons, go to the beach, hang out with friends. It was the best time of the year! Here at CFC, we want to provide great times and memories for the youth we serve.
This summer we are participating in Messiah College’s AROMA all sports camp, Mount Lou San Bible Camp, we are hosting Champ Camp with students from LCBC church, we are going on field trips to the pool, to a farm and maybe even a museum or two. The downside for us is there is always a volunteer shortage due to the daytime hours. This is where you come in. We are looking for a few volunteers that have some daytime availability. You can see our calendar here. Even if it’s just volunteering for 1 or 2 days, we can always use the help. If you are interested and want to take the next step, fill out a volunteer application here. If you don’t have the availability but know someone who does, pass the word. Help us help kids have an awesome summer break!
Throughout the week, Center for Champions offers a site based mentoring program called Rooted at various sites during after-school hours. Our mentoring programs are for students in 2nd grade through 12th grade.
Elementary and Middle Schools students are part of our Rooted Mentoring program where they are matched one on one with a site based mentor for games, teaching and academic enrichment.
Out teen ministry participates in career exploration, service projects, goal setting skills, bible study and recreational activities. One on one mentors are needed for each of these programs.
It’s our hope that all students enrolled at CFC (and even those not part of CFC) can be match with a Life on Life mentor where they meet with a caring, Christian adult 2-3 hours on a weekly basis for a 1-year commitment.