Mentoring for a Lifetime

Mentoring has always been a part of the USC. In fact, it began more than 30 years ago when Chuck Allen was eight years old. Chuck’s mother was a single mother with three kids, who worked hard to provide for her family. She couldn’t always take Chuck to baseball practice, so Bob Waters, Chuck’s coach, would often pick him up and take him home from practice. Chuck spent a lot of time with Bob on the baseball field, but he also spent time with Bob and his wife, Dixie, in their home.

One day, while Chuck was at Bob and Dixie’s home, he witnessed a softer side of Bob as he lovingly and carefully helped his daughter administer an insulin shot. Later, Chuck saw Bob display his authority when he gracefully disciplined his son. Several hours later, he quietly yet intently watched as Bob helped Dixie cook dinner. Chuck remembers saying to himself, “That’s how I want to be – like Bob.”

Bob had painted a picture of what a socially responsible Christian leader should be – a hardworking provider, stern protector, loving disciplinarian and a caring father and husband. Over the years, Chuck would send Bob Father’s Day cards to thank him for being the light of Christ in his life when he was a child. Bob and Dixie continue to serve urban youth in Wyandotte County. After Chuck officially started the Urban Scholastic Center in 2006, Bob and Dixie, along with Bob’s sister Marylyn and her husband, Tom, started volunteering at the USC on a regular basis. They currently help provide meals for Soul Food on Wednesday nights and serve as mentors in the local schools.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give
you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them
when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you
get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them
on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Literacy Counts | Making better leaders for tomorrow!

According to the Heritage Foundation, “literacy is probably the single-most important part of education.” Without literacy, all other learning is impossible. When you give a child a book, you give that child another opportunity to better their future. At the Urban Scholastic Center, we engage the youth in our community through our literacy program.

Once a month during the school year, we distribute more than 2200 books to two local elementary schools. In the summer months, through our summer outreach ministry, we are able to place around 500 books into the hands of many youth. This is critical because unfortunately many of the kids do not have books of their own. If we can help to promote literacy in the children of our community, they will make better leaders for tomorrow.

Thank you to the many volunteers who host book drives and give of their time to mentor students in the local elementary schools. With your help, we are continuing to increase literacy here in our community.
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”
-Margaret Fuller

Shoes for Northwest Middle School

To The Urban Scholastic Center,

“I can’t express the amount of gratitude that I have for what you did for our wrestlers. The (16) pairs of wrestling shoes [and other equipment] were so generous!  The look on the kids faces when we showed them the new shoes was priceless. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that we have this kind of support from the USC.” – Coach Welch, Northwest Middle School.

Eighty-nine percent of the students that we serve in Wyandotte County, KS are economically disadvantaged.  This means that most can’t afford good sport-specific shoes. Each year, the USC provides pre-game meals, shoes and other sports equipment to under-resourced student athletes to help them get involved with school sports – it improves their attendance, grades, and it increases their chance of graduating from high school.

The Los Angeles Times’ Eric Sondheimer has discovered a striking correlation between students’ participation in interscholastic athletics and their performance in both attendance and in the classroom. According to the study, the 35,000 student athletes in LAUSD attended an average of 21 more days of school per year than their counterparts, while they also sported GPAs some 0.55 to 0.74 points higher than non-athletes. (Article)

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