Quincy Teen REACH is an after-school group that helps youth (2nd – 12th grade) improve their likelihood for future success, provide positive choices, reduce at-risk behaviors and develop career goals.
Volunteers contributed 59 hours a month in helping parents and staff achieve remarkable results in the 116 different students who participated. 82% showed improved grades, 100% improved homework completion and 100% of seniors graduated.
With the help of Quincy Housing Authority providing the physical space, Teen Reach runs their program on $16.72 per student per day, allowing the families to participate at no cost.
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For the past several years, Madison Park has partnered with Washington School in providing Thanksgiving meals, executing Santa’s Workshops, and participating in clean-up nights, school carnivals, and teacher appreciation. But, most importantly, we have provided food for hungry K-3rd graders. Each week we provide 50 backpacks which currently serve 156 children (includes siblings). It costs approximately $1000/month in food and provides opportunities to approximately 8 volunteers to serve each week.
Nikki Finney (school counselor) recently wrote: “You have no idea how appreciated these food bags are. Families know that on a Friday they just have to send their kids to school and they will come home with a bag full of food for the weekend. No gas needed, no line to wait in, no loop holes to jump through, just food for their family. That is because of you and the members at Madison Park. Thank you doesn’t seem grand enough but it’s all I got.”
“Young Life thinks the world of kids. We believe that they deserve to know what life can hold for them. Young Life leaders are caring adults who come sharing that hope by engaging in fun and lasting friendships with kids.” Young Life staff and volunteers are believers who build relationships with kids, loving them without expectation.
Young Life provides Club meetings for Junior High and High School students. They expect from 30-60 participants during the school year. They also have a program for unwed teen moms where these young women are mentored and cared for as they learn how to care for their children.
Approximately 55 volunteers help the staff as they seek to minister to young people who struggle to find friendships and mentoring relationships that will move them to maturity and, ultimately, to faith in Christ. The Young Life budget is approximately $137,000 per year.