WHAT WE DO

ENP facilitates a connection between the school and partnering church, assisting with administrative support and training.  The partnering church provides the servants to meet the needs in their school and surrounding neighborhood.

The relationships that are built over time in the school and neighborhood are the foundation of a strong and effective partnership.


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Step 1 Saturday Sports
Saturday Sports is a two hour program held throughout the year that engages volunteers in a group mentoring setting with students. Activities include sports, crafts, games and a positive character talk. A sack lunch is provided to each child. This is an easy first step for volunteers to engage with children and families.
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Step 2 Campus Presence
Step 2 offers more opportunities for volunteers to be involved in the lives of the neighborhood kids. This has proven to be very effective in the improvement of academics and behavior. These relationships help create a consistent and positive influence in their lives.
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Step 3 Neighborhood Outreach
This is where the partnership reaches out beyond the school and into its surrounding neighborhood. When partnerships get to know the community and its neighbors, needs become more apparent. Neighborhood Outreach provides opportunities to build relationships, empower the residents and highlight the assets in the community.
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Step 4 Parent Engagement
Engaging, equipping, and supporting parents in our partnership neighborhoods, encouraging them to utilize their unique cultural gifts and talents to bless and serve their school and community.
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Step 5 Economic Development
There is great value in the church working within the realm of job creation, job readiness and job placement, serving as a micro-economic engine for the neighborhood. This step builds upon relationships that are created when a partnership works closely with families in the neighborhoods.
Step 1

SATURDAY SPORTS

Saturday Sports is a two hour program held throughout the year that engages volunteers in a group mentoring setting with students. Activities include sports, crafts, games and a positive character talk. A sack lunch is provided to each child. This is an easy first step for volunteers to engage with children and families.

A Saturday Sports Program can lay the foundation for a fruitful neighborhood partnership, planting the initial seed for the entire process. It’s a great way to get connected to the kids in the neighborhood and volunteers find it easy to get involved.

In the beginning of the partnership process, ENP works with a designated leader from the partnering church helping build a core team to launch the program. ENP also provides the resources needed to get started, including training, sports equipment, craft supplies, fingerprinting, and insurance.

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CAMPUS PRESENCE

Step 2 offers more opportunities for volunteers to be involved in the lives of the neighborhood kids. This has proven to be very effective in the improvement of academics and behavior. These relationships help create a consistent and positive influence in their lives.

Classroom Volunteering
Working in the classroom gives volunteers the opportunity to interact with the students and staff while helping with a variety of duties, including reading fluency and math proficiency.

After School Program
Volunteers can assist in an existing after school program on campus and help with a variety of recreational, enrichment and academic activities. Good News Clubs or Leadership/Mentoring Clubs are options for churches who want to organize their own program. Some churches also offer after school homework programs at their church site.

Mentoring
There is a mentoring component to all ENP programs, however some people have the desire and time to invest in a one-on-one mentoring relationship with a child. ENP can help facilitate that connection.

Intentional Blessings
Finding ways to bless the staff and students in meaningful ways such as bringing donuts for the staff; hosting a breakfast or BBQ; helping with a school carnival, class projects or special events; collecting backpacks or coats for the children who need them. The possibilities are endless and the impact is great.

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NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH

This is where the partnership reaches out beyond the school and into its surrounding neighborhood. When partnerships get to know the community and its neighbors, needs become more apparent. Neighborhood Outreach provides opportunities to build relationships, empower the residents and highlight the assets in the community.

ENP engages in three aspects of Neighborhood Outreach: Relational Empowerment, Tool Trailer Projects, Community Engagement

Relational Empowerment

Coordinating events that focus on the family structure and felt needs of the community they are serving.  Examples include:

  • Community Meetings
  • English Classes
  • Financial Workshops
  • Home Ownership Workshop
  • Neighborhood Watch Meetings
  • Cooking/Nutrition Classes
  • Reading Program
  • Create Neighborhood Resource Center

Tool Trailer Projects

When the partnering church identifies a need in the neighborhood, ENP can come alongside to help. Whether repairing a broken window or coordinating a street clean-up, ENP can help oversee the project and provide the necessary tools. The partnering church will be the face of the project and responsible for providing a team of volunteers to do the work.

ENP can help coordinate projects such as:

  • Street Clean-ups
  • Simple Home Repair
  • Smoke Detector Installation
  • Yard Work Assistance
  • School Campus Beautification
  • Community Park Clean-up

Community Engagement

ENP can help facilitate special events & activities that engage the community in simple & fun ways such as:

  • Community Fairs
  • Spring Break Camps
  • Block Parties
  • Mission Christmas
  • Movie Nights
  • Bike Repair
  • Sports Camps
  • School Carnival Support

SERVE DAY EVENT

As a church gets more involved in their partnership neighborhood, all three aspects of Neighborhood Outreach can be combined into an all-day or weekend event that we call a Serve Day Event.  This is where the entire church is encouraged to serve together in, and alongside the community.  ENP will help plan and coordinate the logistics of the event which can involve anywhere from 200 to 1500 people serving in a variety of service opportunities in your partnership neighborhood.

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PARENT ENGAGEMENT

Parent Engagement consists of engaging, equipping, and supporting parents in our partnership neighborhoods, encouraging them to utilize their unique cultural gifts and talents to bless and serve the school and community.

As partnerships continue to establish relationships within a neighborhood, opportunities for parent engagement are a vital next step.

ENGAGING – When parents meet regularly, they are able to connect to resources and build a relationship with the school and with each other. Their consistent presence on campus opens the door for opportunities to encourage and support students and staff.

EQUIPPING – Providing growth opportunities on topics such as Personal Development, Leadership Development and Civic Engagement help parents identify their value and build confidence to serve and lead.

SUPPORTING As parents grow, they are encouraged to put their skills into action by serving their school and neighborhood in areas such as:

  • Planning and volunteering at school carnivals
  • Hosting appreciation lunches for teachers & staff
  • Monitoring crosswalks & bridges for student safety
  • Participating in community clean-up projects
  • Engaging in Spring Break Camps
  • Leading/volunteering at Saturday Sports
  • Attending City Hall meetings for policy decisions that affect their communities
  • Meeting with elected officials to discuss concerns of their neighborhoods and schools

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ENP believes that within each neighborhood, residents hold the values & assets needed to create healthy, thriving communities. Working together creates a greater capacity to strengthen our city.

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Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have
But of the best leaders, when their task is done
The people will remark, “We have done it ourselves.”
(Ancient Chinese Proverb)

 

 

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

There is great value in the church working within the realm of job creation, job readiness and job placement, serving as a micro-economic engine for the neighborhood. This step builds upon relationships that are created when a partnership works closely with families in the neighborhoods. ENP can assist in these areas:

  • Start a GED class for parents
  • Provide soft-skills training for residents
  • Provide guidance and networking for non-profit and/or business start-up
  • Provide network support with other CBO’s serving in the are of job readiness and economic development