Behind fidgeting feet, careless hands, and words spoken out of turn is a kid who simply wants to be seen, heard, and understood. Let me introduce you to Z. He is the smaller of the youngest group at camp. He is full of energy and as soon as he sits down at a table his hands reach for the first thing he can get his hands on. His doctor suggested to mom to take him off his medicine for the summer and he's a different kid without it. Two hours into Monday he had already received 3 warnings from his small group leaders.
Children that do not have active ways to engage in educational opportunities during the summer experience what is called Summer Learning Loss. Every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months in reading while their higher-income peers make slight gains. Most youth lose about two months of math skills in the summer.
With this in mind, we are piloting summer camp in neighborhood parks! Join us!
Nathaniel Mission is preparing to revive a cornerstone ministry focus in children and youth development that was once a central aspect of the Mission’s operations. We are prayfully stepping into the communities near the Mission. The two areas of focus are Cardinal Valley & Harrison Elementary Schools. The establishing of excellent programs that offer holistic growth and advancement opportunities for the children and youth of Lexington is a critical goal the Mission has set for itself in 2017 and beyond.