Kernels of Kindness Campaign will award 100 $1,000 grants to people and organizations around the country who bring joy and happiness to others by doing good in the community. Now let me share with you little bit about what UTM is, what they are doing, and why I am passionate about their ministry.
What is UTM? UTM exists to redeem inner-city youth, families, and communities through the transforming gospel of Christ. UTM Envisions a future when the love and law of Christ permeates every heart in, and every aspect of, the inner-city.
What is UTM doing? UTM reaches out to approximately300+ high-risk inner-city children, teens and young adults in Grand Rapids on an annual basis through sports outreaches, small-group Bible studies, mentoring, summer camping, employment assistance and crisis interventions.
Why I am passionate about UTM? I am overwhelmed by the love and intentionality that UTM offers the grand rapids community. Especially through their program Man-Up.
Man-Up, assists at-risk urban young men to become self-sufficient by developing life-skills, financial budgeting, personal goal setting, and employment assistance within a residential environment, while providing spiritual and emotional support through counseling, mentoring relationships, and Bible studies. The goal of Man-Up is to challenge urban young men to become loving and responsible Dads, and positive Christian leaders in their community.
All three graduates of the Man-Up program have obtained living-wage employment, entered into the life-long commitment of marriage, and serve Christ as mentors to the current man-up The thought of young men all over Grand Rapids getting the emotional, physical and spiritual guidance and mentorship needed to live a Christ filled life is so humbling and exciting.
Through the mentoring relationships and programs of UTM, many gang-members and drug dealers have turned from the streets and have been transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.At the same time, they coach basketball teams for the ROCK program and at neighborhood schools.
I encourage you to nominate someone from YOUR community. Someone whose impact is making a difference. Who are you going to nominate? I’d love to hear more about them.
JOLLY TIME Pop Corn is celebrating their 100th birthday and wants to celebrate with you, not only through the Kernels of Kindness awards, they are also offering one reader a pretty cool prize pack!
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