According to the 2011 Connecticut State Mastery Tests:
23% of Hartford 5th graders read at the state goal level
39 % of Hartford 3rd graders write at the state goal level
32% of Hartford 4th graders possess math skills at the state goal level
Hartford City Mission wants to meet the practical educational needs of elementary school students in the north end of Hartford. Noah After School helps students improve homework and reading skills and learn about how Jesus loves them.
Every week day after school (3:45 to 5:45), kids from the north end in 1st to 5th grade gather in the basement of the HCM ministry house and at Antioch Baptist Church for the program.
NAS Vine meets Monday-Thursday from 3:45 to 5:45pm at 280 Vine Street, Hartford. The Vine site also does small group field trips on Fridays.
NAS Antioch meets Monday-Thursday from 3:45-5:45pm at Antioch Baptist Church at 161 Nelson St, Hartford.
Volunteers assist the children with homework and reading, providing encouragement and academic support. Other aspects of Noah After School are Bible lessons, games, crafts, dance, art, music, snacks, and more. Noah After School depends almost completely on volunteer support. Volunteers from all walks of life, in and out of Hartford, are welcome...anyone who loves kids and longs to experience Christ.
Contact Amy Jarvis, HCM's Urban Children's Outreach Director, for program details and volunteer opportunities.
Camp Noah (Summer program)
Camp Noah is a fun, Christ-centered half day camp for kids in the north end of Hartford. Camp Noah meets for eight weeks during the summer at Glory Chapel International Cathedral, close to Keney Park. The camp is for kids who have completed first grade through completed fifth grade. Kids who come to Camp Noah get to play games, make crafts, sing songs, learn about the Bible, go on field trips, go swimming, and much more. And the best part is that it’s free for kids!
Each summer we hope to hire a team of interns to help us take advantage of the opportunity to grow and develop in serving our neighbors. There is much work to be done! At the same time, we place a high value on the growth and development of those working with us. The Northend of Hartford to be a great place to become shaped more and more like Jesus, and we believe you also will find this a place where God can challenge, encourage, solidify, and empower your growth. There are both many ways we can serve this neighborhood, and many ways it can serve us.
Take a look at this short video that features former Hartford City Mission interns Cheryl Maida and Russell Jarvis. Cheryl (intern 2010) currently lives at the Vine ministry house and works as HCM’s Children’s Ministry Assistant Director. Russell (intern 2004 + 2005 and former HCM employee) is married to Amy Jarvis (intern 2005 and current Children’s Director/Intern Director) and they live 3 blocks from the Vine ministry house.
Since the start of the HCM summer internship, 15 out of 31 interns have done one or more of the following: returned for a 2nd summer internship, stayed involved with HCM programs through volunteering, or moved into the north end to live and work.
See below to see how you can join the HCM intern team!