More than Paper and Pencils
These national organizations help Christians partner with their public schools through mentoring programs, community revitalization, and more.
✎ America's Promise helps mobilize Americans to act via their 400+ national partner organizations and local affiliates. Its top priority: ensuring that all young people graduate from high school ready for college, work, and life through its Grad Nation movement to end the nation's dropout crisis. Their work involves raising awareness, creating connections, and sharing knowledge to provide children these five key supports: caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, an effective education, and opportunities to help others.
✎ BeUndivided helps churches that want to invest time and effort year-round in students and schools—whatever the need and without agenda or strings attached. Their resource-rich website will walk you throughout the steps needed to initiate and establish your own church-school partnership.
✎ Communities in Schools began in the 1970s when founder Bill Milliken, then a youth advocate in New York City, came up with the idea of bringing community resources inside a public school building where they are accessible, coordinated, and accountable. Since then it has become the nation's leading dropout prevention organization, with a unique model that positions a coordinator inside schools to assess needs and deliver necessary resources that remove barriers to success.
✎ DonorsChoose engages the "public" in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable, and personal way to address educational inequity. Teachers post classroom project requests—"ranging from pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria"—and donors can give as little or as much as they want. Requested items are then purchased and shipped to a classroom in need.
✎ Faith for Change is a growing coalition of houses of faith across the country united by a desire and calling to improve academic outcomes for underperforming and high-needs public school students, from pre-K to 12th grade. Through the Community School Model, educational reform, and programming resources, the coalition works to bring about academic success for all students. Faith for Change is a community foundation operating under the Institute for Educational Leadership.
✎ Kids Hope USA offers churches and schools a proven, award-winning model to meet the emotional, social, and academic needs of children. Its programs create one-on-one mentoring relationships between adult church members who are willing to give a little time and a lot of love and at-risk elementary school children in their community who desperately need loving, caring adults in their lives.
✎ National Church Adopt-a-School Initiative was formed to both train and equip churches to replicate Dr. Tony Evans's proven model of social outreach in their area. NCAASI promotes community revitalization through church-based social services by leveraging the existing structures of both churches and schools.