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:     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 »

Meet Linden’s Teacher of the Year

December 1, 2016|0 comments

Please join us in congratulating Harambee Christian School’s fifth grade teacher, Wakeshia Ghee, who was honored in November as Linden’s Teacher of the Year by the Greater Linden Development Corporation. Meet Wakeshia Most of the students that Wakeshia serves are growing up in single parent, low income households. She knows education is a key to hope. In fact, Wakeshia’s life models this reality. Wakeshia moved to the Rosewind Housing community in South Linden with her three young daughters in 2005. She enrolled them at Harambee Christian School with a value for education and a willingness to serve. She came on staff as a teacher aide, and later as an After School Program teacher, even as she attended college classes. Wakeshia worked hard to earn her teaching license from Ohio Dominican. Praise from the Principal Harambee Principal, Alex Steinman, knows Mrs. Ghee is a shining star for the more »

Support Harambee Scholarships in 2016

November 14, 2016|0 comments

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 98th percentile in Mathematics and the 85th percentile in Reading. This school year we are privileged to have 131 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 $6,540 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 more »

See how Harambee students stack up!

October 25, 2016|0 comments

2014-2015 marked the first and last school year that the Ohio Department of Education adopted the PARCC assessment for evaluating student achievement in Reading and Mathematics. Therefore, it is difficult to compare Harambee student achievement relative to other school years. However, it is possible to compare the student achievement of Harambee students with other central Ohio schools and districts during the 2014-2015 school year. Students took the PARCC assessment for Reading and Mathematics in Grades 3-8.  They took an Ohio test to evaluate their achievement in Social Studies in Grades 4 and 6. And students in Grades 5 and 8 took an Ohio test for Science. The results below show a composite Performance Index for all grades and subjects. A perfect score where all students in the school score at the Advanced level in all subjects is 120. 2014-2015 Ohio Test / PARCC Performance Index Comparison   Harambee students achieved a composite score of 88.1. more »