Brandon, Tray, and JJ are high school students at Garfield High School. Last night, after selecting McDonald’s for pre-game nourishment( which included a bakers dozen hot chocolate chip cookies), the students attended the nationally televised game between the Akron Zips and Bowling Green. The rain was light but steady but it did not dampen the spirits of the boys who enjoy spending time together and with their mentor leader. These boys are committed to the SAYM mentoring program and desire to make something of their lives. Brandon has turned his grades around with focused effort and he will earn a significant increase in his AIM money for his scholastic performance in the first semester grading period versus his AIM proceeds last year. ( Academic Incentive for Mentees). Tray and JJ were selected to participate in the first wave of the SAYM Youth Employment Program which began this August. These brothers share the same birthday, a year apart and are both honor roll students. Tray was the first student to earn the AIM bonus of $100 for earning all A’s in core subjects. We are proud of these boys and the choices they are making for themselves, their leadership, and their commitment to grow academically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. May their tribe increase!
18 elementary boys participated in the YMCA Make A Splash Program. The boys were picked up on Monday and Wednesday for four weeks of one hour swimming lessons where they learned to swim, learned to put their head underwater, learned to not fear the water, and learned water safety. The boys were given swim trucks, goggles, and swim caps. The last day the boys had free swim time with the fountains and each boys was awarded a certificate while they enjoyed pizza and cupcakes. This is a wonderful program sponsored by the University Park YMCA, whose Executive Director is Michael Robinson who doubles as the Board President of SAYM. Thank you YMCA and instructors. The boys had a blast while they learned that swimming is fun!
Derell and Kristian enjoyed attending their first NFL game Sunday as they witnessed the Browns whallop their arch rival Pittsburgh Steelers 31-10. The brothers chose pizza and fries for a "pre-game meal" and popcorn and more fries for snacks during … [Continue reading]
Reverend Mark Tony Ward possesses the heart of a Pastor, and now has the diploma to prove he has been blessed with the mind of a Doctor. Pastor Ward has earned his Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis on Strategic Leadership from Faith Evangelical … [Continue reading]
Tonight, South Akron Youth Mentorship Junior High Boys caught a vision. We learned how God wants "young men to see visions and old men to dream dreams" We studied how to create a vision by listening to one of the greatest visionary speeches of … [Continue reading]
It was in the middle of the summer but it was chilly and damp at 6:30 am, when five of our senior high boys assisted three of our leaders with parking cars at the volunteer parking lot, for the WGC-Bridgestone golf tournament. For five days, the boys … [Continue reading]
Miss Lisa is a member at Macedonia Baptist Church where we meet with our girls mentoring program on Thursday nights. Macedonia Baptist Church is named after the city of Macedonia which was north of Greece and where the Apostle Paul and his comrades … [Continue reading]
The SAYM girls weekly mentoring programming resumed on Thursday September 4th. Due to a lack of leaders, the girls follow the school year calendar and do not meet weekly during the summer. Our boys mentoring programs meet year round, and the girls … [Continue reading]
Fifteen of our elementary school girls enjoyed an end of the summer picnic at Goodyear Metro Park just before school started back for the new school year. Mr. Mike, Mr. Rob, and Mr. Melvin handled the picnic set up and cooking while Miss Sharon and … [Continue reading]
Fifteen of our elementary school girls enjoyed at day at the Akron Zoo at the end of July. Miss Sharon, Miss Mary, Miss Avery, and Miss Raina had their hands full as the girls were super excited to "go on a field trip" and see the various animals at … [Continue reading]