Community and Youth Engagement
Young people do not grow up in programs but in families, organizations, neighborhoods and cultures.
Many of the youth we serve live in single-parent homes. These homes often have five or more people sharing one or two bedrooms. Others live in substandard housing in someone else's backyard. Most of the youth are Hispanic, with a smaller percentage of African-American families. Less than five percent of the youth have parents that attend church. Often they are left to themselves to make their own meals and provide their own entertainment. As a result many just wander the streets looking for something to do, which usually results in negative behaviors.
Aim RIght's ministry combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools. We provide a balanced approach - physical, mental, social and spiritual - to teach the skills and offer the hope they need to live in a turbulent world.
Our goal is to engage youth wherever they are found as life-long followers of Jesus Christ.
The story Tanya offered described life in an urban community. Gang-banging was a given. Family drama was an everyday reality. Scrambling to pay bills was common.
But the rest of her story set Tanya apart from lots of other urban young people whose lives too often spiral downward in the face of daunting economic pressures, bleak job opportunities, rampant drugs, schools that don’t work, violence and unstable homes.
Tanya’s older sister had broken free of this hamster-wheel of hopelessness when she discovered the love of Christ. Supported by a rich community of mentors, she became rooted in her faith while doing jail time. She withstood the pain of seeing a best friend gunned down and became a force for positive change. How could Tanya not want to follow her up and out of the despair? Now both of them are involved in ministry, giving back to the neighborhood that they know all too well.
Someone to Walk With
By "sowing seeds into the future," (Matthew 13:3-8) we provide a safe and structured environment for children to learn and grow; while at the same time making disciples for Jesus Christ. Ex-gang member
Tito sums up most insightfully the message of salvation: “Kids can walk around trouble, if there is some place
to walk to and someone to walk with.”