"Compassion is . . . feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you. The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows . . . in what far place my touch will be felt."
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?
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
- 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 blog post: "Impact of a Mentor"
What do we do?
Visit the Brook Avenue website
- 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
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 2016)
- 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