Generally, each child in our program has limited family support, lives below the poverty line, and is being raised by a single parent or guardian. Because of these disadvantages, most PTM students are behind academically. This profile fits with national trends and expectations for children living in and around a public housing area. The best way to overcome these challenges is for children to have supportive relationships with concerned adults. Mentorship through PTM provides the avenue for these relationships to form.
A Lunchmate volunteer is asked to commit to eating with a child (K-4th) in his or her cafeteria once a week for thirty minutes. This is ideal for inconsistent schedules, because it is during the lunch hour and the day can change from week to week.
Breakfast and Bible Study
PTM 4th-8th graders have an opportunity to come to PTM on Thursday mornings during the school year from 6:45-7:45am for breakfast followed by Bible Study with a mentor. Volunteer mentors meet with students following breakfast to read and study scripture together.
Dinner and Devo
PTM 9th-12th graders have an opportunity to come to PTM on Monday evenings during the school year from 6pm-7:30pm for dinner followed by Bible Study with a mentor. There are opportunities for mentors and mentees to enjoy fellowship experiences with one another.
Thrive is a program for recent high school graduates. They are matched with a mentor and meet once a week as a small group for life skills development and fellowship.
The Calvin House Youth Program is a partnership between Preston Taylor Ministries and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Middle and high school students meet from 5:00-7:15 on Wednesday nights for dinner, games, worship, and family groups. High school students take part in small groups for discipleship and SaLT for tutoring and mentoring. Calvin House Youth participate in regular guys/girls nights out, service projects, and out-of-town retreats.
SaLT, or Servant and Leadership Training, serves a small group of high school students who meet on Mondays from 4:30-7:30, Wednesdays from 4:14-5:15, and Thursdays from 4:30-7:30. The program includes tutoring (general tutoring, ACT prep, college prep, etc.); one-on-one “sandwich” mentoring (each student has a mentor and is a mentor to a PTM student) and servant leadership development (job training, career exploration, service learning, manners, and other life skills needed for independence).
Contact Bethany at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in mentoring or if you have questions.