Golf Tournament Parking Assistance Nets $$ For SAYM

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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 were picked up starting at 5:30 am and they each learned that 5:30 came twice a day. Arriving shortly after 6:00 am, the boys quickly learned the play and maintained a good attitude until about 2:00 pm when the last of the golf tournament volunteers arrived to do their part to make the golf tournament a rousing success once again.

SAYM believes in giving back to the community and we further believe that the children and students of SAYM gain a measure of dignity and humility at the same time by performing service projects and “doing their part to make the community successful and a better place.” Granted, the boys preferred to “give back” starting a little later in the day, but they eagerly fulfilled their responsibilities once they inhaled some juice and doughnuts!

SAYM partnered with the Boy Scouts for this parking lot assignment, and for our efforts, SAYM received a check for $1,100 which Melvin Fields, SAYM Development Director, is pictured accepting. Thank you Mr. Melvin and Boy Scouts, and thank you Northeast Ohio Golf Charities, who “give back” significant dollars to various non-profit entities from proceeds from this golf tournament. When we all do our part, however seemingly small, the world is a better place.

High School Girls Gain Knowledge From Testimony

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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 performed missionary work and planted churches as they shared the gospel of Jesus Christ. This wonderful church lies in east Akron at the north end of the footprint for the SAYM ministry. Enough geography lesson. Last Thursday night our junior and senior high girls were touched with the personal testimony of Miss Lisa who is a friend of Miss Katrina, who leads our high school girls ministry. Miss Lisa shared about the choices she made throughout her youth and early adult years and how those choices lead to personal destruction. Miss Lisa shared real talk about the destruction of allowing drugs and alcohol to destroy one’s life and how, with God’s grace, she was able to overcome this lifestyle and make choices that led her to a happy and productive life. Many tissues were distributed to our young impressionable ladies throughout Miss Lisa’s talk. Miss Lisa is working on her Associate’s degree, and her son has two Master’s degrees. Poor choices do not have to define one’s life nor take one’s dignity. Miss Lisa delivered a message of hope and she bravely encouraged the girls to treasure themselves and understand that each decision is important, and determines your destiny. “Make sure that your decisions are good ones.”

Thank you Miss Lisa for your heart and your walk with our Savior Jesus Christ, through Whom “all things are possible.”

The Girls Are Back In Town!

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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]

Elementary Girls Enjoy End Of Summer Picnic


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]

Elementary Girls Visit The Akron Zoo


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]

High School Program Gets Sports Equipment

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Stratton Church of the Nazarene is a small church located about 15 miles from Steubenville, Ohio in the town of Stratton, population 300. The church had a vision to organize a high school ministry from the neighboring communities and had purchased … [Continue reading]

SAYM High School Boys Service Project

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The East Akron Parade and Festival was held on Labor Day September 1. The parade staged in the parking lot of Arlington Church of God and the parade route was along Arlington Street for about one mile from ten to eleven in the morning. Four high … [Continue reading]

Youth Employment Program Training Begins

On Tuesday, August 12th, our first class of students enrolled in the SAYM Youth Employment Program began their mandatory six training sessions. This first one was on "Money - How to make the money you work for, work for you!" Other sessions will … [Continue reading]

Elementary School Children Enjoy Vacation Bible School


SAYM and Macedonia Baptist Church partnered for a week long Vacation Bible School in July. SAYM provided transportation for 65 different children ranging in age between 5 and 12. The children were treated to dinner upon arrival, and then broke up in … [Continue reading]

Buffalo Ranch Trip


On Saturday July 26, 17 elementary school boys took a trip to Red Run Buffalo and Horse Farm in Marshallville. The farm is owned by supporters of SAYM and they host a trip to their beautiful farm every year. The boys learned about buffalo and how … [Continue reading]