United Way Education Partner
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Who Are They?
Aldersgate Mission, a ministry of Main Street United Methodist Church since 1972, serves more than 88 youth of the downtown Hattiesburg area. It is the mission of Aldersgate to enhance the academic, social and spiritual development of the youth of the Briarfield community in order for them to become independent and productive young men and women of the world. Programs offered are intended to help children develop appropriate social skills, aid with academics, maximize leadership potential, teach compassion, build self-confidence, deter children from potential gang affiliation, explore talent, build character and promote spiritual growth.
What Does United Way's Funding Do?
United Way dollars fund the Compass Learning literacy program, which is improving reading scores in underserved youth.
The Impact of Your Investment
With improved reading scores, the students have a better chance to succeed in school and graduate high school.
Volunteers are needed year-round to help children excel on their reading levels, math skills, writing skills and social development through a mentoring relationship.
Shavon's StoryShavon Willis is a working mother whose children attend Aldersgate Mission for after-school and summer programs. Shavon considers Aldersgate to be a blessing to her family since she has a busy work schedule, and Aldersgate is a safe, educational place for them to go. “It’s a wonderful place for them to be,” she says. “I love Aldersgate, and I love what they’re doing for the kids.”.