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Loving Houston seeks to transform Greater Houston

by convening the Church around the city’s most pressing needs

starting with the local schools.  

 

Why schools?…

 

If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? I John 3:17
Only 27.6% of Harris County residents over the age of 25 have a college degree.
…And yet…
76% of survey respondents consider it “necessary to get an education beyond high school.”
85% agree that the “overall American economy would benefit greatly if more young people were able to get a college degree.”
- Kinder Institute Education Survey

 

Where is the disconnect?…

 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
An at-risk teen who has a mentor is 55% more likely to enroll in postsecondary education than an at-risk teen without a mentor.
“In an economy that is increasingly dependent on postsecondary education, about one in five students still does not graduate high school with his or her peers and even fewer go on to college… Young adults (16-24 years old) who are not connected (to school or a career) cost society $93 billion annually in lost wages, taxes, and social services. On the other hand,… every dollar invested in quality youth mentoring programs yields a $3 return in benefits to society.
“The consistent, enduring presence of a caring adult in a young person’s life can be the difference between staying in school or dropping out, making healthy decisions or engaging in risky behaviors, and realizing one’s potential or failing to achieve one’s dreams.”
- The Mentoring Effect 

 

Love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:31
What better way to touch lives and transform our city for generations to come than through the consistent presence of caring adults in the heart and center of our communities: our local schools! With 3500 churches and 1420 schools in greater Houston, we think this dream can become a reality!

 

Church, will you join us in loving Houston?

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