S.M.A.R.T. Academic and Enrichment Outreach Program

Shalom Community Christian Church, Inc, Greensboro, NC

Shalom Community Christian Church is a congregation called, chosen, and committed to identifying the academic, physical, and spiritual need within their community. Their S.M.A.R.T. Academic and Enrichment Outreach Program offers educational services to students in the greater Greensboro, North Carolina area. Specifically, local principals, administrators, and teachers developed their summer academic and enrichment program to assist students who are at least one grade level below where they should be as well as those with IEPs. This is their 9th year of operation and they have tangible, measurable, and irrefutable results to demonstrate the effectiveness of their program. They specifically focus on math, reading, and science and would like to do more with technology skills building since many of their campers are low performing, low income, and/or homeless at-risk youth.

Shalom Community Christian Church has also been selected as one of two sites in North Carolina to partner with the Ray of Hope Feeding program as well as working directly with the Nutrition Department of Guilford County School System, which seeks to provide nutritional, afterschool meals and snacks for students up to the age of 18 years. As part of the growth of the S.M.A.R.T. outreach program, they are working  with the Greensboro Housing Authority  who have committed to offering academic enrichment skills to low income/homeless residents and families.

Mission Area: Intergenerational - At-Risk Children and Youth, Older Adults

Innovation Grant: US $10,000