Volunteer Opportunities at Hope Unlimited in the
Meacham Park neighborhood of southeast Kirkwood, Missouri

        The goals of this program are: (1) grade improvement; (2) academic encouragement; (3) basic skills improvement; (4) school dropout reduction; and; (5) to provide an opportunity for tutors to build a long term enduring relationship with each youth.
         Hope’s tutoring program includes 2nd grade through high school students and meets each Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:00 pm at Nipher Middle School. A tutor is paired with only one student (one-on-one) for the entire school year. Kids appear eager to attend tutoring and enjoy participation in the 30-minute devotional discussions at the end of the tutoring session. Tutor orientation and training is conducted at the start of year.
        Hope Unlimited encourages & transports high school youth to attend the weekly high school tutoring program managed and staffed by Kirkwood High School at the Turner School building on Thursday evenings.
        Hope Unlimited also works with school administrators and counsels Kirkwood High School students who have difficulties getting to school on time or who want to drop out.
         Contact our office at 314-821-2999 for more information.

Kids Across America Camp
        Hope Unlimited sends over 50 young people to Kids Across American Camp at Table Rock Lake. This camp is noted as one of the nation's best Christian camps for urban youth. Campers participate in exciting athletic and character building endeavors. Their changed lives become a testimony to their families and to their community.
         Contact Tom Donner 314-965-6945 for more info or to help.

        The goals of the sports program are for the kids to: (1) have wholesome fun; (2) learn discipline and accountability; and (3) learn self-sacrifice associated with being a member of a team. Our coaches also encourage kids who are having problems in school to attend tutoring. It presents an opportunity to build relationships by mentoring kids and helps them develop Christian character.
         The sports program consists of several 4th - 8th grade boys and girls basketball and baseball teams. Contact Cecil Jones 314-803-2486 for more info or to help.

Bible Study & Discipleship
        The goals of this program are: (1) to reach a significant number of un-churched girls and boys (grades 4-12) in the Meacham Park area; (2) to introduce them to Jesus Christ; (3) to encourage them in their walk with Christ; and (4) to exhibit spiritual growth (measured by attendance at church, KAA camp, or Bible study, or personal testimony).
        Hope Unlimited has a boys Bible club meeting on Saturday mornings at the old Turner School building. Generally, the attendance is approximately 15. Some of these boys have started attending church and are developing a strong prayer life. Bible study is followed by a trip to McDonalds then onto the Kirkwood YMCA for basketball scrimmage.
         Contact Mike Hughes 314-913-0783 for more info or to help.

Work Training Program
        Each summer, Hope Unlimited conducts a six week job training program for 7th to 12th grade youth. The goals of the program are to: (1) introduce participants to a real world work environment, (2) develop good work ethics, discipline, & time management, and, (3) learn to be responsible. The youth meet several times per week for training followed by a two to four hour neighborhood work project such as raking leaves, mowing grass, cleaning gutters, and cleaning up trash in the neighborhood. The workers are given a pay check at the end of each week.
         Contact our office at 314-821-2999 for more information.

Job Placement Program
        Businesses in the area have been contacted to identify employment opportunities. Hope Unlimited arranges an interview, then prepares and coaches the applicant. Once the job is obtained, follow-up is made to make sure the teen consistently gets to work on-time and has a good work ethic. Six teens have been placed in part time jobs this year at several local businesses (PJ’s Restaurant, McDonald's, and Wal-Mart) in Kirkwood. In addition, fifteen teens were recruited for caddie training at a local country club. Seven completed the training and worked as caddies for the summer.
         If you or your business would like to help, please contact our office at 314-821-2999.

Field Trips
        The field trips are intended to: (1) enrich the lives of our kids; (2) stimulate their intellectual and spiritual development; (3) further their education; (4) broaden their positive experience base; (5) teach good citizenship and character; and, (6) promote wholesome fun.
         Our trips so far this year were to the Christian Day at the Ballpark with the STL Cardinals, a MIZZOU tour while at the black and gold scrimmage, the "Reality House" experience at Eureka Baptist Church, a youth revival at a north St. Louis church, the SoulCircus, and multiple Kirkwood High School athletic events.

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