Provide Transportation to Mission Hope for Kids Afterschool Program
Mission Hope for Kids partners with parents and educators to identify at-risk children who would benefit from additional academic, emotional and spiritual support after school hours. Adult and youth mentors provide homework help, literacy programs, computer labs, nutritious meals and faith enrichment to 185 Hardin County students. Research by the Afterschool Alliance shows that 45% of all participants involved in afterschool programs improved their reading grades and 41% improved their math grades. At-risk children face unique and complex challenges like hunger, stressed social environments, negative peer pressure and limited access to resources. Transportation is often a barrier for families given the lack of public transportation in Hardin County. To ensure that transportation never hinders a student’s ability to attend, Mission Hope volunteers provide transportation to and from the program. An investment of $10,000 will be combined with that of private donations to purchase a new 15-passenger van.