Volunteers for a Season

Kara Powell | Jun 30, 2010

I had a great meeting with an urban youth leader last week who is leading an after school program with kids. There are 3 foci for the after school program: tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment. The first two foci require adults who will invest in kids on a long-term basis. But the enrichment part of the ministry gives adults a chance to volunteer for a shorter-term commitment.

Adults who have skills in the area of art, dance, cooking, or creative writing can volunteer to “enrich” kids lives with ten weeks of lessons. By this ten week commitment, adults who couldn’t volunteer 52 weeks/year can still impact kids.

Obviously, kids need adults who will invest in them every week for the long-haul. But in creating a constellation of adults who care about kids, I love this creative, more short-term way to connect kids with adults. It’s an important piece of the intergenerational web that we have seen make a real difference with kids.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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