Why do we Mentor?
Mere blocks from our church, in our community, children bear the scars and stressors caused by poverty. They struggle in life, and they struggle in school.
Some students are just one caring adult relationship away from giving up on life, not caring about writing a different future that what has been predicted for them.
6th grade students failing math or language arts, having chronic absences and poor behavior are 90% more likely not to graduate on time.
Students not reading on grade level by end of 3rd grade are 4X less likely to graduate HS than their peers who read proficiently. They only have a 1 in 8 chance of ever catching up. American Educational Research Association and Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation
Students who can’t read well by 3rd grade and live in poverty are 13X less likely to graduate on time than proficient, wealthier peers. American Educational Research Association
US Literacy rate and illiteracy statistics:
1 in 4 children grow up not knowing how to read
85% of juveniles who interact with the juvenile court system are considered functionally illiterate.
National Dropout Prevention Center
70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above the fourth grade level. 82% of U.S prisoners are high school dropouts.
We will never close the achievement gap, we will never solve our dropout crisis, and we will never break the cycle of poverty that afflicts so many children if we don’t make sure that all our students learn to read. Ralph Smith, Exec VP of Annie E. Casey Foundation
A child who can read and has a relationship with a caring adult has the ability to move out of poverty.
Literacy truly is power, the power over one’s life. Reading remains a critical pathway to freedom and success in life.
Kids Hope 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.
What do we do?
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
- 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 become a READER at Brook Ave, reading to one K-3rd classroom once a week – contact Anne Broaddus
- Volunteer to be part of the Brook Ave Staff Support Team – contact Lorrie Walker
- Volunteer to help with the weekend feeding ministry – contact Carolyn Griffin
- Volunteer to help us provide Christmas at Brook Ave – contact Anne Broaddus
- PRAY. PRAY. PRAY. PRAY . . . .
How do I get more information?
Contact Anne Broaddus, Director KHUSA
Hope is the indispensable fuel for all human action.
When hope dies, motivation dies.
There is no longer any reason to try anything.
But once hope enters a child's heart,
anything is possible."