New Internship Program Trains Harambee Alumni to Lead

November 2, 2018|0 comments

While Urban Concern has evolved in significant ways as a ministry since its original inception in 1991, one thing has remained its constant stamp: A vision to develop a new generation of leaders for our community and the local church. This year, a brand new Youth Ministry Internship has been created in order to help qualified alumni take a major step forward in their desire to lead for God by equipping them with valuable training in ministry and providing meaningful opportunities for them to put this training into work. Youth Ministry Director Brandon Grant, who is overseeing the internship, has worked for years with the hope of being able to create a formal training program for Harambee alumni who want to lead. Not only are the resources now available, but there are also many Harambee alumni who are qualified, capable, and passionate about filling this role. We’re more »

The Buzz Around Bible Study

October 2, 2018|0 comments

Since school kicked off in July, there’s been a buzz growing around Sunday’s weekly Renegade Bible study. Now, more and more Harambee students are joining their friends to see what the buzz is all about. We caught up with some regular attendees and those who are new to the meeting to hear what they had to say: Renegade has been so much fun. I love the teachings about God, and it has helped me to learn how to trust in God. Some of my favorite parts have been the discussion groups after the teaching, where we can ask questions about what we learned to understand it better. I love to talk about God to my friends and other people. Eating the dinner at the end makes me feel like I am eating with my family. – Guadalupe, 4th grade My favorite thing about Renegade is being able more »

A Formula for Success

September 19, 2018|2 comments

Calculating what it takes to see students thrive Since January of this year, UC & Harambee’s leadership team has benefitted from Entrepreneurial Operating System (or EOS) training. This training has sharpened and challenged the team in valuable ways that will help our students, staff, and school thrive. We look forward to sharing more about our experience in the future. One outcome of this training has been the development of what is called our Proven Process. What does Harambee offer that sets it apart from other schools? We believe there are three vital components to our formula for success.

The Why, What, and How of Urban Ministry

July 25, 2018|0 comments

  Old school Xenos members who haven’t attended a recent youth meeting may not realize how much different the church looks today than it did in the early days when pastors Dennis McCallum and Gary Delashmutt were sporting bell bottoms and rocking out to Freebird.  Today, Student Ministries is home to a diverse group of young people from a variety of cultural, geographic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. But “Urban Ministry” can be an ambiguous term that means different things to different people and churches.  Tim Keller’s book Center Church notes, “Cities increasingly influence our global culture and affect the way we do ministry. With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic, and underserved places for gospel ministry.”  However, it’s no doubt that inner city Columbus neighborhoods bear little resemblance to the Manhattanite context from which Keller writes. When we talk about urban ministry more »

New Annual Report Celebrates 20 Years of Ministry & Looks to the Future

May 9, 2018|0 comments

Academic triumphs, high school graduates, and the pursuit of The Fantastic 50 It’s our pleasure to share our latest Annual Report with you, which celebrates the personal and academic achievements of Harambee staff and students over the past 20 years. Since opening its doors in 1998, Harambee has served over 535 students from low income communities. Of the 103 alumni who are old enough to have graduated from high school, over 90% have received their diploma, even while many attended Harambee when the school only served Grades K-5. Today, Harambee students continue to outpace local public schools and higher performing charter schools on standardized testing, in addition to many suburban districts throughout the city. This is a remarkable achievement since 85% of Harambee students are from low-income households. In addition to academic success, strengthened collaboration with Xenos Student Ministries has increased the quality of Bible studies and mentoring available to students at every age. Now, more more »

What We’re Celebrating

March 15, 2018|0 comments

The impact of our first Harambee Scholarship Fundraising Dinner & Celebration How does Harambee Christian School raise funds for inner-city youth? A night of celebrating, advocacy, and delicious barbecue. Now that’s a fundraising dinner, Harambee style. The first ever Harambee Scholarship Fundraising Dinner & Celebration saw a packed house of 225 guests donate a total of $21,450 in one time contributions and an additional $1,280 in monthly pledges in support of students & families in need. This amount covers five full year-round scholarships! Thanks to our generous corporate sponsor, Plaskolite, and our individual table sponsors, 100% of these contributions will go towards providing students with opportunities for academic excellence and personal thriving at Harambee Christian School. We didn’t JUST raise funds, however! Because when that many people are passionate about God’s heart for students (and delicious barbecue), you also have to celebrate! We were pleased not only more »

Harambee Students Honor MLK By Sharing Their Dreams

January 26, 2018|0 comments

It’s one thing to quote from Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream Speech” on your Twitter account once a year. It’s another to vulnerably share your own hopes and dreams in front of an audience of close family and peers. But this is just what Harambee middle school students did at the first ever Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner, held the evening before his celebrated holiday. How did students take to such a noble yet daunting task? According to Brandon Grant, Youth Ministry Director, ” Several of our students were nervous about sharing the things they are passionate about with their closest loved ones present. They shared a side of themselves that others might not see every day. They confronted their fears, and every one of them smiled at the applause they received – it felt good to them.” A Parent’s Inspiration Harambee parent, Quintessa more »

Harambee Scholarship Fundraising Dinner & Celebration, March 3rd

November 13, 2017|0 comments

We will be hosting our first ever Harambee Scholarship Fundraising Dinner & Celebration on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, and we would love to partner with you as a table host and/or sponsor. The event is set to be held at the Café at Xenos Christian Fellowship’s main campus, with a special dinner being served up by local Linden favorites, The Pit BBQ Grille. Hosting a table simply involves attending the event, yourself, and inviting up to seven others to join you as guests. Sponsoring a table involves making a $150 donation in order for a table of eight guests to attend the event at no cost. Both hosting and sponsoring are simple and impactful ways to help Harambee raise thousands of dollars in support of at risk youth. You can play just one or both of these important roles! We’re looking to recruit up to 28 hosts & sponsors. more »

Academic Success & the Whole Student

November 13, 2017|0 comments

Harambee Students Outpace Urban & Suburban Peers on 2016-17 Test The Ohio Department of Education recently released the report cards for Ohio schools. We are excited to report that Harambee students not only outperformed local public schools and higher performing charter schools. They also achieved a higher performance index than Reynoldsburg, Hilliard and Westerville school districts. This is a remarkable achievement since 85% of Harambee students are from low-income households.     More than an education We are grateful to see Harambee students thriving academically, but we also know that test scores only show one piece of a much larger picture. Many caring staff and volunteers of faith view it as their privilege to not only educate our students but also impact them for Christ. Our prayer is that students thrive in every way – academically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Our vision is that these young people become a more »

Two upcoming opportunities to support Harambee youth!

September 26, 2017|0 comments

Friends & Family of Harambee Christian School, We’re excited to share two upcoming opportunities to support Harambee youth in the month of October! Make a Gift During The Big Give on 10/10 What is The Big Give? Gifts made to Urban Concern & Harambee Christian School through The Columbus Foundation’s website on October 10th will be amplified by The Columbus Foundation. The Foundation is covering all credit card fees, so 100% of your gift goes directly to supporting Harambee youth, in addition to the prorata increase! Help us spread the word by sharing our Big Give Facebook event! Treat Yourself to Harambee Imports coffee at our upcoming Coffee & Canvas event Whether you participate in The Big Give or not, you’re invited to learn more about what God is doing at our school while treating yourself to coffee from our student run business, Harambee Imports.   What more »