Serving through Education
We are shaping lives for the future, offering our knowledge, our skills, our time, and our talents to educate tomorrow’s leaders. Together we are mentors and friends, helping children and adults grasp the language and concepts of our culture, helping others find their skills, their knowledge, and their talents to soar to new heights. We seek to be a servant church. Would you serve, too?
St. John’s affiliations assist us as a church family in reaching out to many groups. Often these are government sponsored groups whose funding needs may be insufficient.
At St. John’s we seek to assist organizations in their educational needs by offering space for meetings or classes, by volunteering our time through mentoring, by creating drives for collection of needed items, and by helping others expand their educational horizons.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Freedom School at QC Family Tree
During the summer, elementary-aged scholars improve their reading skills in the morning by engaging in a literacy curriculum written by the Children’s Defense Fund. In the afternoon, the young scholars go on wild adventures and participate in enrichment activities led by community volunteers. Volunteers are needed to read to children during the morning Harambee pep rally and also for on-site activities in the afternoon.
Highland Renaissance Academy
St. John’s has supported this Title I elementary school for many years by providing uniforms at the beginning of the school year and weekend food backpacks for 15 students throughout the year.
Right Moves for Youth
Right Moves for Youth (RMFY) is a school-based program that serves students in grades 6-12. RMFY collaborates with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office, and other community partners using a weekly group mentoring model to empower students to graduate from high school with a plan for their future success. Volunteer Mentors are asked to work with staff to assist with a group at a school site one hour a week. Volunteer Resource Guides are asked to share information with students regarding their career and experiences a few times a year.
HEART Math Tutoring
Heart Math Tutoring (“Heart Tutoring”) gives young students successful experiences in math through one-on-one, volunteer-delivered tutoring during the school day in Charlotte, NC. Heart Tutoring’s mission is to ensure that all elementary students develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success, by helping schools use volunteers as tutors.
St. John’s Weekday School
Our Weekday School provides a safe and loving opportunity for children 6 months-5 years of age. Caring, qualified adults convey God’s love to each child. The Kendrick Garden Transitional Kindergarten Program is also available for 5 year-olds.
Alliance Center for Education HeadStart
The Alliance Center for Education, formerly the Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, works with children and families to break the cycle of poverty by providing a continuum of high quality educational and support services. Founded by United Methodist Women in 1940, AC4Ed has improved economic mobility for thousands of children through early childhood development and K-12 year-round programming.