“For boys who grow up in violence, neglect and codes where they feel they cannot back down, the challenge to instill other values can be daunting,” says Kevin Good, founder of Acts4Youth – a program serving at-risk boys at Guilford Elementary/Middle School. With support from the school’s principal Sheila Meyers, Good has enrolled approximately 35 boys who meet five afternoons a week, two weeknights, and one weekend a month throughout the school year. In the summer, Good partners with local entities to enroll the boys in camp.
While it may be daunting to take part in what he calls “the battle for young hearts and minds” Good has formidable faith in the value of changing lives for the better. Guided the mission to motivate at-risk boys toward character, competence and career development, the Acts4Youth curriculum is designed to offer academic support and one-to-one mentoring, as well as educate participants about small businesses and entrepreneurship, financial management, and conflict resolution/anger management. The boys enter the program while in 4th grade and continue until 10th grade. Good’s vision is that by the time they finish they are well equipped to excel in whatever they choose to pursue, whether it be college, vocational training, or a business venture.
On Friday, May 13, the Acts4Youth boys will participate in their First Annual 5K Fun Run Fundraiser, an event that has been organized with strong support from Friends and Parents of the School (FANS). “We love what they do,” says FANS president Nancy Getter. “It’s a consistent and reliable program – not something that comes and goes – that has received rave reviews from parents, the boys, their teachers and their families.”
Each boy would like to raise a minimum of $100 to participate in a new extended day academy. Everyone is invited to attend and even if you’re not a runner, a one-time gift as small as $25 will aid these young men in their reach for something higher.
The event runs from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Guilford Elementary/Middle School. For details on how you can help, visit www.acts4youth.com or contact them at Acts4Youth@gmail.com.