Front Porch After-School Program
Front Porch is a weekly After-school Mentoring Program for children of prisoners. Camp David’s after-school program was developed in 2012 to provide the stability of year-round services for children of prisoners. Mentors and kids have an opportunity to enjoy games, crafts, cooking, and ultimately building friendships that encourages success and self-worth. This program runs for 10 weeks each spring and fall.
The Front Porch After-school program is impacting children of prisoners with God’s hope, love, and grace! During this two-hour afternoon program, a prisoner’s child is paired with a mentor as they walk through hands-on activities, homework time, and a short discussion/Bible time. There is also a time of snacks and games, but the most important aspect are the friendships being experienced between mentors and students. It is through this shared time that relationships are built, encouragement is given, confidence is grown, and kids have a chance to open up about their struggles. Time and again we see the amazing impact of success that a caring adult has on the life of an at-risk child! Applications for mentees (students) and mentors are at the bottom of this page.
Front Porch Schedule
3:55 pm–Mentors arrive at camp for prayer & preparation.
4:00 pm–Kids arrive at camp, snack starts and homework time begins.
4:30 pm–Lesson Time
5:00 pm–Weekly activities start (crafts, acting, cooking, community service, etc.)
5:55 pm–Prayer & Dismiss
6:00 pm–Kids & Mentors Leave
If you want more information for your child to be involved, please contact email@example.com or fill out the application at the bottom of this page.
Mentors are needed to allow more campers to be involved! If you can help each week, please call Bethany Smith at 573-364-2786, or fill out the application on the bottom of this page.
Ways You Can Be Involved:
- Men and women to volunteer as mentors who are between the ages of 16 -95 yrs!
- Responsible drivers who can offer to transport the kids from school to camp and back home again!
- Kitchen help who can come out and make and serve substantial snacks for the kids and mentors.
- Prayers! We need people who will commit to praying for this program–its mentors, and its students. Mentoring is a tool God can use to empower these kids to be all that they were created to be. (If you’re interested in this, please send me an email, and I’ll update you on how Front Porch is going, and weekly prayer needs.)
Thank you to everyone who helps make this happen. It is so exciting to be able to come alongside these kids and give them the support and encouragement to see them take confidence in themselves!