September 2018 Newsletter

September 8, 2018
 
 
Friends,

As the new school year kicks off, we are most grateful for YOU! As mentors, volunteers, financial partners and advocates - you are quite literally changing lives in the Miami Valley. Students feel encouraged and are finding direction. Single mothers are empowered to raise their children as they've always dreamed they could. And entire communities are uniting in the name of transformation. 

Your investment of time and resources is no small gesture. So it brings us a lot of joy to report: it's paying off in a big way! 

This academic year we're on track to expand from serving:
  • 2 school districts to 6;
  • 7 schools to 14;
  • 12 churches to 27;
  • And 70 mentored students to 180!
Your commitment multiplies as we work together. Like when a local school partnered with a local church who partnered with us to inspire 20 students through use of robotic equipment in a STEM program.  
 

In 2017-18, this unique STEM based after-school mentoring program was launched at Valerie PK-6 School as a partnership between the school, Meadowdale Baptist Church and the Miami Valley Leadership Foundation.

The Meadowdale Baptist Church has been serving Valerie School for the past ten years and were eager to put a $500 matching grant from Miami Valley Leadership Foundation to good use by purchasing a robotics kit. Twenty students met two days each week to learn STEM related skills, participate in group mentoring, and deepen their understanding and appreciation of basic character qualities like cooperation, responsibility, determination, and respect.

 

Let's Celebrate!

Here are just a few things we're celebrating from August:
  • 800+ backpacks distributed: The Hope4Riverside team joined hands with a total of 50+ volunteers (Mad River Local Schools Board Members, church members, community members, government officials, students and administration) to distribute more than 800 backpacks filled with school supplies for middle school and high school students.
  • 62 New Mentors Trained: Our brand-new mentors are bringing life, hope and joy to so many students this school year! Thank you!
  • Dozens of Returning Mentors: A huge round of applause goes to our returning mentors entering the schools this month, too! You have already invested so much into young lives – thank you for choosing to continue to give of your time and love!
  • $25,000 from the Dayton Foundation: After successfully completing an important vetting process, a generous grant, funded by a grant from the Harry A. Toulmin, Jr. and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of The Dayton Foundation, was awarded to the Miami Valley Leadership Foundation! This grant, along with two others awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Learn to Earn Dayton, currently supports nearly a third of our operating budget!
     
  • Pray 4 the Burg: August 2nd was a powerful night in Miamisburg! As part of the Hope4Miamisburg initiative, a group joined to pray for those hurting in their community and to seek God's continued direction as they respond to needs in His name.
 

Upcoming Events

  • Mentor Trainings: There are still dozens of kids waiting for mentors in the Miami Valley. If you or a friend are interested in investing in the life of a young person, join us for an upcoming training and become a mentor!
     
  • Pastors' Luncheons: We'll be hosting pastors from around the Miami Valley in a series of luncheons to learn how we can partner together. If you're a pastor or think we should know your pastor, reply to this email and let's connect!
     
  • Business Leader Connections: If you own a business or lead a business, let's chat! There's no one who knows more about preparing the workforce and the needs of our communities than you. Reply to this email and we'll share upcoming opportunities to connect.


Friends, thank you for helping to get the school year off to a meaningful start! It's a real honor to partner with you in ministry.

With gratitude,
The Miami Valley Leadership Foundation Team

Upcoming Events

  • Mentor Trainings: There are still dozens of kids waiting for mentors in the Miami Valley. If you or a friend are interested in investing in the life of a young person, join us for an upcoming training and become a mentor!
     
  • Pastors' Luncheons: We'll be hosting pastors from around the Miami Valley in a series of luncheons to learn how we can partner together. If you're a pastor or think we should know your pastor, reply to this email and let's connect!
     
  • Business Leader Connections: If you own a business or lead a business, let's chat! There's no one who knows more about preparing the workforce and the needs of our communities than you. Reply to this email and we'll share upcoming opportunities to connect.


Friends, thank you for helping to get the school year off to a meaningful start! It's a real honor to partner with you in ministry.

With gratitude,
The Miami Valley Leadership Foundation Team

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF DAYTON