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? 

  • Mentor children at Brook Avenue Elementary school
  • Prepare KH NEXT Mentors who continue into WISD middle and high schools. ** Three of those students graduated WHS and UHS in May 2019!
  • Provide Substitute Mentors for elementary students when mentors are absent.
  • Support Prayer Partners who agree to pray for one KH mentor/student.
  • Provide Faculty/staff support and encouragement throughout the year at Brook Avenue.
  • Provide weekend bags of food for children who live in food-insecure households.
  • Provide educational materials, student supplies and uniforms, incentives, and other resources that enhance academics and students’ lives at Brook Avenue.
  • Provide support for community events at Brook Avenue.

Visit the Brook Avenue website               

How do I become a mentor? 

  • Call  David Villarreal 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.

How else can I get involved?

  • Volunteer to become a READER at Brook Avenue, reading to one K-3rd classroom once a week – contact David Villarreal
  • Volunteer to be part of the Brook Avenue Staff Support Team – contact Rita Massey
  • Volunteer to help with the weekend feeding ministry – contact David Villarreal
  • Volunteer to help us provide Christmas at Brook Avenue – contact David Villarreal
  • PRAY.   PRAY.   PRAY.   PRAY . . . .

How do I get more information?

Contact David Villarreal, CABC Missions Pastor
(254) 752-1655 


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."
John Ortberg