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All Kids Matter #LetLoveLive

The recent devastation at Santa Fe High School where ten people were killed and at least ten others were wounded as reported by the U.S. Time on May 18, 2018, struck the hearts of many people all over the world. It is not clear as to what led the shooter to elicit such extreme behavior; kids endure stress, depression and many other inner-afflictions that can be overwhelming to which can lead to unpredictable behavior. All kids matter and all kids need help. The approach that Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott announced should be ubiquitous; he is encouraging school districts to implement mentoring programs to motivate students to support their peers to ensure safety and success.  According to a recent study by MENTOR and the Corporation for National and Community Service, three million students have active mentors, but there is a problem; the need for mentors exceeds 14 million!  Children need more than a strong academic curriculum and hours of classroom time to succeed. Jodi Grant, Executive Director of the nonprofit Afterschool Alliance, supports the need for afterschool mentorship programs like Gathering Kids After School Mentorship Programs (™). Mentoring students to believe in themselves produces self-love and hope that can make the difference in a child’s future. Children need love and love requires time. The hours between the time school regularly dismiss and when the parents return from work are critical for children, and quality after-school mentoring programs like Gathering Kids can serve as the linchpin to a child’s success that goes beyond the classroom. View the Gathering Kids mentees in action and like their Facebook! 

What Kids Really Need

Kids can have all the materials the world has to offer, but without love and hope, what do they really have? There are so many outstanding non-profit organizations that exist and are certainly needed to fulfill needs that are seen and obvious, such as hunger, homelessness, and sickness, to name a few. Then there’s the Gathering Outreach Community Center (GOCC), a 501c3 organization rising to bring relief from children suffering in silence, in need of love and hope. Love can eliminate pain and suffering from things unseen, but felt; such as hopelessness, loneliness, depression, low self-esteem, and anxiety. GOCC has mentored hundreds of children that may or may not lack resources who suffer from despair and low self-esteem. Mentors at GOCC has observed hurting children redirect their pain to bully others and even give in to negative peer pressure. This is one of the many reasons why GOCC is committed to being the voice of love and the advocate of hope. Standing in the gap to mentor kids makes a difference.  A five-year study by Big Brothers Big Sisters found that youth mentoring can impact a child’s confidence and reduce behavior problems and anxiety that’s related to peer pressure, which can be a relief for parents. Even though there are a lot of great parents that support, love and encourage their child, even great parents need additional support and positive reinforcement. Non-parent mentors are highly instrumental in giving children hope to believe in themselves as challenges arise.  Denzel Washington said ” Show me a successful individual, and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influence in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living, if you do it well, I’m sure someone was cheering you on or showing you the way. A Mentor.”

Mentoring Matters After School

GOCC believes that mentoring and inspiring children is a sound-solution toward making families better and communities stronger. GOCC creates a space after school for children to feel safe to talk about their inner self-conflicts, thoughts, and challenges, through a variety of afterschool platforms that kids enjoy- performing arts, sports, fitness, broadcast journalism, cheer, dance, and crafts! These platforms serve as the perfect space and bridge, upheld with love and hope for children to turn to after school.  GOCC is rising higher to listen and advise children in ways that build character, confidence, and courageousness through mentoring, moreover; they are gaining professional development and life skills at the same time!  GOCC has a sincere burning desire to make life better for children, by pulling together parents, schools and the community to bring children and their families to a place of wholeness for a better tomorrow and a brighter future. We are building resources to support our vision of a community where every child and adult is inspired to love and live with hope and wholeness.  

We Could Use Your Help

If you have an organization or know of one that would like to partner with us in supporting our after-school mentorship programs, volunteering, donating, providing reduced or free services to families of children we serve, we would love to hear from you! Reach out TODAY: Connect@goccteam.org | Office: 832-418-6595| Like Us: Facebook

Written by: Natasha Minix-Tennison, CEO, and Founder of Gathering Outreach Community Center. May 23, 2018. natasha@goccteam.org

References

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (2013, January 15). Youth mentoring linked to many positive effects, new study shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 21, 2018, from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130115143850.htm

http://amp.timeinc.net/time/5282212/santa-fe-high-school-texas-school-shooting

Mentoring in America: A Summary of New Research, retrieved from https://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/06_0503_mentoring_factsheet.pdf

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