Are you trying to find your purpose? This could be your opportunity to make a difference! The Andrew L. Hicks,
On Sunday, May 22, we gathered at the CAAT Center to recognize and celebrate our 2nd graduating Launch Class! We
Our Open Events are available to any Chester child who is the appropriate age for that event and any West Chester area high school student who would like to volunteer. These events are meant to expose both sets of students to the Foundation and to give them a chance to decide if they would like to become more involved. No further commitment is required besides just attending that one event.
This program represents the next level of commitment matching up 100 Chester 4th, 5th, and 6th graders with 100 Henderson High School students for a full year of mentoring/friendship. The events are scheduled once per month throughout the school year and the children are committed to attending the events together. This program is strictly designed for fellowship and to provide a safe and consistent friendship between the Chester elementary school student (the “Brave”) and the Henderson High School student (the “Guide”) developing trust and understanding between the racially and economically diverse group of students.
As Warrior Guide mentees finish 6th grade, they are invited to try-out for RISE, which is specifically designed for the teens in Chester. This leadership development program has a curriculum geared for Chester 7th and 8th graders. RISE is designed to build vital skills that will help the participants become high-achieving individuals, positive influencers in their peer groups, and righteous leaders in their schools and neighborhoods as they model personal Responsibility, Integrity & Excellence and also demonstrate leadership through acts of Service in their community.
Launch aims to prepare Chester 9th -12th graders for college or career. This program provides 5 critical components for College and Career Preparation: (1) weekly SAT Tutoring through our partnership with Upward Bound, or supplemental program, (2) monthly College and Career Preparation Workshops, (3) monthly Guest Speakers on various career options, (4) a dedicated Mentor assigned to support each student, and their parents, throughout the process and (5) each student has an Individualized Strategic Plan to set goals, plan, self-monitor and conference with their support team along their journey toward post-secondary success.
Brave conversations with community leaders offers opportunities for humble, diverse people to talk honestly about racial issues to grow understanding and empathy that leads to reconciliation and reconstruction of hearts and minds, shining the light of Christ into a divided world.
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” James 1:19b-20
He was birthed into his new life in Heaven having fully lived each day that His Father ordained for him on this earth. Andrew loved Jesus and enjoyed studying His Word. He was familiar with the Bible’s description of Heaven “and now knows fully what before he only knew in part.” In the spring, before he died, he expressed to his mom that if he was asked to deny his Lord to save his life, or if by confessing his Lord he would have to lose his life, he would choose to die for Christ. Andrew did not die a martyr but that conversation assures his family he is in Heaven with His Savior.
Let us introduce ourselves. Meet our board of directors and staff members who make the Foundation programming possible. And feel free to reach out to any of our team with any questions!