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 »

Getting Paid and Giving Back

August 22, 2017|0 comments

Harambee Imports teaches students entrepreneurship, economics, and generosity Get paid to go to school? Since 2006, Harambee Christian School students have been receiving weekly paychecks for performing various responsibilities as a part of their regular school experience. Their “Bling” is automatically deposited in a virtual online bank account and can be used to purchase everything from school supplies to take out lunches with their teachers. Want to go on a special outing to the movies or Skyzone with your classmates? You might need to save up for that. Economic literacy is an integral part of the curriculum for Harambee students. Years ago, Principal, Alex Steinman, began searching for a sustainable income stream to fund the school economy when he met the business savvy husband of a Harambee volunteer, Bill Sjoblom. Bill, a local entrepreneur already helping to import products from a Thai ministry called Hope for Hilltribes more »

Harambee alumni share wisdom, plans for future

June 26, 2017|0 comments

  Please join us in congratulating Harambee’s first ever middle school class as they celebrate their recent graduation from high school and begin life’s newest adventure. We recently had the opportunity to catch up with a few of our grads whose next step includes attending college and moving into a ministry house. Looking forward to college and ministry house life Deon graduated from Centennial High School in May. He plans to begin his studies at Columbus State Community College and later transfer to The Ohio State University. He intends to major in Architecture. Deon believes that surrounding himself with positive influences is the best way to ensure success during this formative transition from high school to college. He intends to continue his involvement in a college home church and living in a ministry house with other young men. “I knew moving into a ministry house would be more »

Community Partners Play Their Part in Spurring Students Forward

May 17, 2017|0 comments

The many benefits of wood glue and car repair In the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, the church community is likened to a human body, consisting of many unique and valuable parts that complement each other in carrying out a collective purpose. Many different parts also contribute to the success of inner city students: parents, teachers, coaches, and mentors are just some who collaborate in this important work. Community business partners of all shapes and sizes also play a vital “part”. Two outstanding examples are Franklin International and Luke’s Automotive Services. Franklin International  Even though Columbus based adhesives manufacturer, Franklin International, has a global reach in over 60 countries, they have a huge local impact. In addition to their generous support of Urban Concern & Harambee Christian School, Franklin supports a wide range of organizations seeking to end everything from substance addiction to human trafficking. more »

Join us for Harambee’s 20th Anniversary Celebration!

April 26, 2017|0 comments

  Attention past, present, AND future students, families, alumni, and neighbors of Harambee! You’re not going to want to miss Harambee’s 20th Anniversary Celebration coming up on Saturday, May 13th from 1-4 PM! Enjoy free food, games, gift card raffles, photo booth, dunk tank, bounce house, magic show, and more, as we thank God for everything he’s doing in our school and community! — You can RSVP and help us spread the word using our Facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1745948049068204/     The Local Wellness policy for Harambee will be available to the public at this event. Feedback cards will be available for public comments.  

New Annual Report Available Now!

March 13, 2017|0 comments

We’re pleased to share our 2016 Annual Report with you, which highlights key partnerships and exciting leadership development taking place at Urban Concern. See how Harambee students and staff alike are excelling academically and spiritually! See how your gifts are being used to accomplish great things that will make a difference forever! Click here to read the report and help us spread the word about what God is doing!

After School Program benefits from diversity of treasures and talents

February 9, 2017|0 comments

Before Harambee Christian School set up shop in a converted laundromat on Cleveland Avenue in 1998, a small group of staff & volunteers came together every day to serve students in Urban Concern’s original After School Program. God multiplied the efforts of those serving in that program to expand into a high performing private school that today serves 130 students in grades K-8. Likewise, the original After School Program has grown to impart high quality academic enrichment, character growth, and engaging extra curriculars for up to 96 youth at Harambee Christian School, providing an essential service to our students, families, and community. The After School Program runs Monday – Friday from 3:30 – 5:30, a time when many at risk behaviors for students in low income neighborhoods can occur. The Talents As with the original After School Program (ASP), extra curricular opportunities often vary based on the more »

What is a Renegade Bible Study?

January 9, 2017|0 comments

Some may think that Renegade is an unorthodox name for a church. But since 2008, Renegade has been the name for what has become a spiritual youth movement throughout inner city Columbus. Renegade provides a safe and fun environment where students can hear the Gospel, come to faith, and learn to follow God. Since 2010, Urban Concern & Harambee Christian School have been serving a similar group of students on Sundays through the Lighthouse youth ministry. Often times, Lighthouse students had family members or next door neighbors who were attending Renegade and vice versa. Both Lighthouse and Renegade are led by dedicated volunteers from Xenos Christian Fellowship. After much prayer and planning, these ministries joined forces last August in an effort to provide the highest quality Bible teaching, mentoring, fun and care for these precious students. Thanks to this exciting combination of efforts, the students in both more »