SAYM believes the chains of generational poverty may be broken with the building of trusted relationships, and with instilling an appreciation of investing in oneself by gaining a quality education.
SAYM mentoring programs are designed to establish trusted relationships with positive role models who invest time and energy to instill an understanding that there is a God, and that God loves each of us enough to die for us, which Jesus did over 2,000 years ago. Our mentors have accepted that awesome gift of forgiveness for sins and eternal life through the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. These mentors understand the responsibility of the gift we have been given, and, as such, we desire to serve Christ by sharing our lives, our possessions, and our energy by pouring our lives back into others lives.
SAYM also believes that education of our mentees is vital to the prospect of developing a worldview perspective of personal independence, where one is not dependent on the government determination of ones worth. The SAYM Academic Incentive for Mentees Program(AIM) is our signature initiative to encourage and reward excellence in scholastic performance. Junior and senior high students earn monetary rewards each school quarter for their grades. If a student earns all A’s in core subjects, they earn $100. An AIM Celebration is held after each quarter to pass out the awards and publicly acknowledge the student’s efforts and success. We serve a special dinner, and invite a speaker to share their perspective and life lessons to provide the students with further encouragement.
The pictures above are from the recent 3rd quarter AIM Celebration for our girls. Felicia Gould, Principal of East Community Learning Center presented a wonderful and encouraging story about a young lady who grew up in a broken home, a girl who moved several times growing up and struggled in school. Felicia invited the girls in attendance to make small groups and discuss and determine the end of the story about this young lady. Our girls then reported a variety of story endings for this fictitious young lady in the story. Felicia stated that circumstances are not barriers, as she finished the rest of the story. The young lady was encouraged by enough caring adults in her life, that she became a voracious reader and excellent student. She earned her undergraduate degree, two master’s degrees and is close to earning her doctorate. The young lady was in fact Felicia; who can honestly and emphatically say “circumstances are not barriers.”