Meet new staff, get updated on programs and graduates, and see how resources were used to serve Columbus’ inner city youth!
Dear Parents, Volunteers and Supporters: I’m writing in response to the recent disturbing news that a former employee in the Urban Concern After School Program was arrested on March 7 on charges of Gross Sexual Imposition. In an effort to be transparent and maintain the trust in our ministry that we have labored for many years to build, I will outline the significant events that took place. On February 9, a parent of a student in Tori Holden-Turner’s After School Program class informed me that her child shared with her over the prior weekend that Tori had touched her bottom outside of her clothing three times during the previous week. The student was confident that the touches were not inadvertent even though they were brief. The same day, I contacted Franklin County Children’s Services and placed Tori on leave of absence while we conducted a thorough investigation. The more »
New model for small group bible studies at Harambee Urban Concern’s mission has always been to develop a positive consensus among inner city youth for the things of God. Small group Bible studies of 8-15 students have always been a staple of the ministry at UC. The students study God’s word, share about their lives, pray together and enjoy some fun. Large group Bible studies, like Lighthouse on Sunday afternoons, have also served an important role in our outreach to youth. Through discussion, prayer and a worthwhile visit to a Central Ohio Youth For Christ Bible study on the East Side, leaders at UC decided to implement a model that would mix the best of large and small group Bible studies. Enter Warrior Wednesday In November, we rolled out our new “large group” small group meeting, which brings all Harambee junior high students together after more »
Dear Friends and Partners, Harambee students excel academically compared with their peers from the same demographic. The typical student at Harambee achieves well above the national average. And the average Eighth Grade student over the past three years has finished their career at Harambee prepared for High School in the 81st percentile in Mathematics and the 65th percentile in Reading. This school year we are privileged to have 134 students enrolled in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade at Harambee Christian School. We value each student and provide each with an exceptional education that focuses on academic excellence, character development and spiritual growth. Many Harambee students are eligible for an Ohio EdChoice Voucher, which covers a portion of their $6,000 annual tuition. The Harambee Scholarship Fund provides the remaining funds needed to ensure each student receives an excellent education. Thanks to the generosity of Xenos Christian Fellowship and many individual donors we have raised $270,000 more »
Alive to Thrive Gathering focuses on student success Looking to put a fresh twist on the tired old school assembly, Youth Ministry Director, Brandon Grant, set out to give the students at Harambee Christian School what they wanted: a school-wide dance party with special guest speakers, student performers, academic and character achievement awards, and candy. Brandon created the Alive to Thrive Gathering to honor Harambee students who are actively living out the school’s Character Essentials: hope, grit, faith, love, integrity, zest, humility, and gratitude. Each gathering, a student from every grade is nominated by his or her classroom teacher to be Thriver of the Week. Each Thriver receives words of encouragement and praise in front of the entire student body to the tune of raucous applause. In this way, students are held up before their peers as role models of academic achievement and upstanding character. When more »
Last Friday, we were honored to celebrate the graduation of Harambee’s third eighth grade class. As always, there was a strong show of support by family and loved ones, as well as Harambee staff and volunteers. Our students are excited to enter high performing high schools including Cristo Rey Columbus, Worthing Christian, and Centennial. Even though they have yet to begin their high school careers, these students began attending high school home churches as a part of Xenos Christian Fellowship this past February. We are excited to follow these students through this exciting transition into young adulthood and ask that you’d join us in praying for this next step in their lives.
We are both humbled and excited to announce that Urban Concern received over twice as much support through The Columbus’ Foundation’s Big Give than in previous years! 66 total contributions made exceeded $45,000 which will go directly to programs and materials impacting inner city youth at Urban Concern and Harambee Christian School. Thank you to all who made The Big Give an outstanding success for Urban Concern and inner city youth. We look forward to thanking and acknowledging each and every contributor individually, as soon as The Columbus Foundation releases the donor lists later this month. In the meantime, please let this serve as a representation of our deepest thanks. Your gifts are an investment in the lives and futures of students loved deeply by God.
Recently the New York Times released a staggering article entitled 1.5 Million Missing Black Men, detailing a problem of epidemic proportions: In cities across the United States, black men are disappearing in society due to factors like incarceration and early death. You can access the full article here. This is why Urban Concern exists. Urban Concern exists to help inner city youth overcome challenges and become a new generation of leaders for a community in need. We aim to empower youth by providing a network of committed and caring mentors, resources to empower the whole family, and opportunities for educational excellence. In 1998, Urban Concern founded Harambee Christian School in South Linden, which has grown from a single class of 15 kindergarten students to a high performing private school serving 140 students in grades K-8. Staff and mentors continue to invest in our students upon graduation in an effort to help them more »
Are you interested in championing the cause of Columbus’ inner city youth? On May 12th, you can make a gift with serious impact! When? May 12th @ 10 AM until May 13th @ 10 Am. What? 100% of all credit card donations made to Urban Concern through The Columbus Foundation’s website will be amplified by a 1.3 million dollar bonus pool. Every gift counts! For 24 hours, The Columbus Foundation is amplifying all gifts made through their website with a 1.3 million dollar bonus pool. All gifts made to Urban Concern will provide inner city students with a network of caring and committed mentors, resources to empower the whole family, and opportunities for educational excellence. Programs include Harambee Christian School and the After School Program, youth Bible studies, personal mentoring, and life changing Summer camps. For our friends on Facebook, join our Facebook event here. more »
We are excited to share with you what God has done with our students and organization over the past year. Outstanding academic results, graduates walking with God into high school, and exciting new staff – read about all of this and more in our 2015 Annual Report.