Why Afterschool and summer Programs?
Imagine crossing a street. Getting across is easy and relatively low-risk when there’s not much traffic. However, the experience is radically different if trying to cross a busy expressway. The chance of catastrophe is likely. For far too many, life is like this busy highway. Traumatic, life-shaping experiences are common place, beginning in childhood and continuing for the entirety of life. Professionals call these life-altering occurrences Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Afterschool and Summer Programs, when planned effectively, provide a supportive environment for children, teens, and families. These programs can provide students and parents access to what professionals consider the greatest weapon in combatting ACEs, meaningful relationships. It’s these same relationships that become a bridge to introduce people to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the only thing that makes a difference in the end.