Columbus Avenue is a Waco ISD Adopt-a-School partner for Brook Avenue Elementary School in North Waco where we provide Kids Hope USA mentors for many at-risk children in one-on-one relationships, as well as sponsor several other ministries among children and adults.

What is Kids Hope USA? 

  • One church, one school, one adult, one child, one hour once a week. That's the heartbeat of Kids Hope USA, a national faith-based mentoring organization that equips churches to offer elementary schools their most valuable resources – the time and love of their members.
  • Kids Hope USA gives schools a proven, effective intervention to help at-risk children because when children feel valued and loved, they are better able to cope with challenges, concentrate, learn, grow and succeed. 
  • With as few as two one-hour sessions with a caring adult, a child living within the confines of poverty and unable to engage in the educational process may find his/her brain developing new pathways that enable learning to take place. 
Visit the Kids Hope USA national website 
Kids Hope USA began in 1995 with 3 pilot sites in Michigan.  Today, Kids Hope USA has almost 1000 churches partnering with elementary schools in 33 states, engaging their members in the lives of nearly 15,000 at-risk children.   

Visit the Kids Hope USA blog post: "Impact of a Mentor"  

What do we do? 

  • Mentor over 70 children at Brook Avenue Elementary School 
  • Provide substitute mentors at Brook Avenue when mentors are unable to be there
  • Support mentors who want to continue with mentees who move to other WISD elementary schools
  • Partner with KH NEXT, providing resources and support for mentors who choose to follow their students to WISD middle/high schools
  • Pray, over administrators, faculty, staff and students
  • Mentors enlist a prayer partner to pray specifically for them and their mentee
  • Provide faculty/staff support and encouragement throughout the year 
  • Provide weekend backpacks of food for Brook Avenue children who live in food-insecure households 
  • Provide educational materials, books for the school library, classroom supplies, student supplies, student uniforms and other resources that enhance the lives of Brook Avenue students 
  • Provide supplies and volunteers for various school events, class field trips, and occasional campus improvements
  • Provide a summer Book Nook at Brook reading program which coincides and enhances the WISD free summer lunch program    
Visit the Brook Avenue website


How do I become a mentor? 

  • Call Anne Broaddus at (254) 537-9099 or by email
  • Schedule an interview 
  • Submit an application with references 
  • Undergo a WISD background check 
  • Attend a New Mentor Training Session (next session will be in September 2018)
  • Commit to mentor for a school year
  • Faithfully spend an hour each week building a relationship with, tutoring and mentoring one student at Brook Avenue Elementary School






How else can I get involved?

  • Volunteer to be part of the backpack weekend feeding ministry, contact Carolyn Griffin 
  • Volunteer to be part of the staff support team, contact Karen Hassell  
  • Volunteer to become a Brook Avenue Reader, who reads to a K, 1st or 2nd grade class once a week, contact Anne Broaddus or Anita Baker  
  • Volunteer to help with our summer literacy efforts with our Book Nook at Brook. For information, contact Linda English
  • Volunteer to help us provide Christmas at Brook each December, contact Anne Broaddus
  • Please Pray - View the Kids Hope monthly prayer guide


How do I get more information?

Contact Anne Broaddus, Director KHUSA 
(254) 754-7971, ext 9099  

Connect with our Kids Hope leadership team