The Atascocita United Methodist Church is participating in an adult mentor program aimed at helping at-risk students in Humble ISD become more successful in school. The program is known as Kids Hope USA. The church partners with Oaks Elementary and Timbers Elementary schools and is in its fourth year at Oaks and second year at Timbers. More than 50 church members work in the program as mentors, substitute mentors or partners. The primary focus is relationship building. Mentors help with academic work if needed. “We are trying to help children gain more confidence and make better choices,” said Lori Cyr Director, of the Timbers Elementary program. Students are referred to the program by their teachers and selected by the school administration. There are 12 caring and competent mentors who currently meet with students once a week, a total of approximately 24 times in a school year, Cyr said. Both of the pastors of AUMC are mentors, one at each school. According to Cyr, this mentor/student relationship improves academic skills and provides a meaningful adult role model. Mentors have reported seeing progress, dedication and participation from the students. A member of the program was encouraged through the mentoring program to participate in the school’s spelling bee. Another student was motivated and developed an interest in reading. Teachers report that students enjoy their one-on-one time with their mentors and look forward for that hour. “One hundred percent of the mentors in my Timbers program surveyed last year said that the program was beneficial to the student,” said Cyr. “Aside from being a mom, it’s the most rewarding thing that I do. There’s nothing like seeing a child, who probably has difficult life issues to deal with, smile, and knowing that you made them smile. And for the long term, knowing that you can be the person to make the difference for them. You can be the catalyst for the change that they need in their lives,” said Cyr. For more information, visit www.kidshopeusa.org or contact Cyr at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 281-852-9896. Cutline: Kids Hope USA mentor Jenny (left) and Tasha.

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