HELP WANTED! Apply today for Summer Learning Camp Staff

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Hey adults and kids aged 16 and up! Looking for a fun and significant way to spend the summer? How about investing in the lives of our Spring Street Neighborhood kids?

Our team is seeking staff members for our 2019 Summer Learning Program, which will take place daily, 8:15 am to 3:30 pm, from July 2 through August 16 at the Jericho Spring Street Neighborhood Center, 44 Spring Street, Danbury.

We're seeking counselors and group leaders for our different areas (reading, arts & crafts, Bible, games, etc) and more! There might also be a need for some part-time workers.  Spanish-speaking is a plus, and prior experience working with children is beneficial.

Please download the 2019 application, fill it out neatly, and either mail (13 Rose St.), fax (203 791-1765) or scan/email it back to us (cityserve@jerichopartnership.org) by April 26.

Announcement: New Focus on Expanded Ministry to Students

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Jericho Partnership is launching a comprehensive overhaul of its services to Danbury’s at-risk youth, to multiply the number of students it can reach with tutoring & mentoring programs and greatly increase its impact among young people in the city.

Leaders from Jericho and Pathways Danbury Youth Ministries have spent the last year talking with key community stakeholders and assessing both academic and socioeconomic needs of Danbury’s youth to determine the most effective way to use its resources to transform more lives.

They concluded that the best way to reach potentially hundreds more students in the city is to focus efforts on expanding tutoring, mentoring, public school-based reading and academic support via its existing CityServe and core programming.

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Jericho’s youth ministry services will feature after-school academic tutoring programs and summer learning programs for at-risk students in K-12, life skills, Reading Buddy and academic support programs for students in up to six city elementary schools this coming year (a dramatic increase from the current three school Jericho is working with now), and center-based mentoring programs for girls and boys in grades 6 through 12.

To focus on these areas of great need and impact, Pathways Danbury Youth Ministries will close Pathways Academy, a middle school for boys it has operated since 2008, at the end of the current 2018-19 academic year. 

“While the decision to close the school was a very difficult one, we’re moving ahead certain that the decision will pave the way for us to expand our ministry to students in Danbury with tutoring, academic support, and mentoring services in an impactful way,” said Jericho Partnership President Carrie L. Amos. “We’re going to be in a position to reach many more students. And, our current Academy students will still be among those we serve.”

The Academy is operating this year with just two grades (7th and 8th) instead of the usual 6th-8th grades. Leaders decided at the end of last school to open this year with a limited enrollment so that, if the outcome of the year-long evaluation was to close the school, fewer students would be affected. Jericho and Pathways leaders will work with the parents of the 15 current 7th graders to place them in schools best suited to meet their individual needs and are committed to supporting the transition in any way possible. These students will remain connected with Jericho Youth Ministries through its mentoring and after-school tutoring programs.

“We continue to feel a tremendous sense of calling to serve the youth of our city, and this change will allow us to reach many more students while increasing our commitment to excellence in stewardship,” said Bill Beattie, the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Jericho Partnership and Pathways Danbury Youth Ministries. “Recognizing that we must be good stewards of the resources God has sent our way, we determined that closing the school and instead expanding our academic support services will allow us to make more of an impact with our kids we are called to serve. We’ll do a better job meeting a growing need while remaining financially strong for the long term.”

“We’ve made a significant impact with the things that we set out to do with our school,” said Cedric Rice, founding and current Principal of The Academy. “It’s clear from statistics we’re seeing in Danbury that we’ve helped close the achievement gap among students here. While we’ll no longer be providing basic 6th-8th grade education, we will still be in the business of helping to develop our youth.”

The "Economy" of Success

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Token Economy is much more than dollars. It is an economic system that is used to teach our Pathways' Academy students about the important relationship between hard-work and getting paid, the importance of saving for the things that have lasting value, and how their own character will be a significant factor in their ability to get the best employment opportunities in the future.

We call them “Token Economy Dollars” because our monetary system is based on dollars and we want the experience to be as real as possible. A student could earn as much as $4,000 in a school calendar (average is half that amount), assuming a limited number of deductions. We used to given each student a check every week, with tax deductions, but we found it became too cumbersome to manage. Now we provide monthly awards base on visible evidence of student performance and citizenship.

Stocking the school store with items of value to the students is key to the effectiveness of the program. When the store has low priced items in it that are easily consume, student will spend what little money they have on this low-hanging fruit. When there are high-value items available student will save their dollars to make a wiser spending decision. Items like a bicycle ($3,000 TE), $50-Game Stop Card ($600 TE), or an Amazon Fire Tablet Computer ($1,000 TE).

Student are given TE dollars each month based on their citizenship, academic performance, and special awards by teachers. Student can also give their peers a peer grant for “Man of Honor” recognition. The biggest awards are given for citizenship. 

- Principal/Math Teacher Cedric Rice

 

Kolby's Story

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KOLBY'S STORY

Kolby Sinclair, 17

2018 Danbury High School Graduate, GPA: 3.34

Will attend Quinnipiac College, International Business Major

“At one point in my life, I was a loud-mouth, always getting in trouble. My S.A.Y. Yes! tutor and my mentor helped me realize that acting out wasn’t cool, that I wasn’t going to anywhere in life with that attitude. He taught me the importance of knowledge. If I didn’t have a mentor, I wouldn’t be doing as well in school, and going to college. Instead of studying for tests, I’d probably be out partying. My mentor definitely changed the direction of my life.”

Kolby’s story is representative of the nearly 50 at-risk boys and girls whose lives are being transformed through Jericho’s one-to-one mentoring programs; our vision is to have 100 as we grow. Your contribution supports our various programming for youth and adults.

 

 

Vote for Jericho for Hope Award

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We're so blessed and encouraged!

Jericho has been selected Northeast regional winner of The Hope Award for Effective Compassion by World magazine, based on the work we do to serve Danbury.

We're now in the running for the international prize of $10,000, which will be used to support our ministry to at-risk children and adults here. The winner of this prize will be determined solely by VOTES!  So we need your help!

Read World's story about Jericho HERE.

Will You Be a Champion?

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Jericho’s Champions of Hope is a group of our Gift Partners who support our mission with consistent monthly giving, providing the firm foundation Jericho needs to plan and sustain ministry. 

From Jericho’s perspective, consistent giving takes the “unknown” out of planning, allowing us to confidently undertake sustainable programs that will best serve our children and adults in need.

Having a solid base of Gift Partners – regardless of the gift amount -- enables us to be more efficient with the resources God brings our way. 

THE VALUE OF YOUR GIFT IS MORE THAN DOLLARS & CENTS WHEN YOU GIVE MONTHLY!

Champions of Hope receive separate communications, invitation to an annual dinner, a private tour of Jericho’s ministry buildings.

To become a Champion of Hope, or convert your current gift level to monthly:

·        Visit jerichopartnership.org/donate, and click on any gold button

·        On the window, check the box that says “Become a sustaining, monthly contributor” and then follow the prompts

 Thank you in advance for helping us be more efficient!

Building on a Legacy Fund Update

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Ministry in this next phase in the life of Jericho is being measured against two concepts: following God’s leading as we serve the at-risk community, and honoring the legacy built by Bill & Kathie Beattie.

Even with Bill no longer at the helm, our ministry to Danbury’s needy residents has continued; our team is as focused as ever on the mission God gave to the Beatties 30 years ago. To that end, we’ve created a fund called “Building on a Legacy,” which exists specifically to increase Jericho’s impact in the city of Danbury and advance this mission. The fund is being set aside until our leadership team, and the Beatties, decides the most strategic way to use it to increase our impact in Danbury. 

Bill’s vision for at least some of the funds: to increase resources for mentoring and tutoring, along with clinical services, for fatherless youth in Danbury.  At the same time, resources would be used for initiatives and educational programs designed to reduce, over time, the number of fatherless youth in our community. 

We’ll be sharing more about these and other possibilities as our leaders continuing praying and seeking God’s guidance. In the meantime, we invite all who have appreciated what the Beatties have meant to Jericho and to Danbury to prayerfully consider contributing to the fund.  

Your gift will enable life transformation among our city’s most vulnerable children and youth.

To give:

1)     Click HERE, and then click on the gold “Legacy” button. On the window, click “choose a designation” and select “Building on a Legacy.”

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2)     Send a check to Jericho Partnership with “Legacy Fund” in the memo

Please know that it helps us greatly if this Legacy Fund gift were over and above any regular giving; this allows us to continue our current services and programming, while we consider how to use these additional funds to build on the Beattie Legacy.