Volunteer Spotlight

March 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

Every month SBSK highlights one of our amazing volunteers. This month we are highlighting Mike Cavazos because of his overwhelming commitment to our kiddos. This semester, he is working with four kindergarten boys, playing games with them, helping them complete their homework, and generally just hanging out with them while he is on campus. The kids are so excited to work with him and, when arriving to afterschool, comment, “It’s Mr. Mike’s day!”  He shows genuine care and compassion for his kids, is willing to do whatever is needed, and has such a positive attitude and calm demeanor while on campus.  He is a top-notch volunteer.

Why did you decide to serve with SBSK?

I already had experience working in an after-school program, but I wanted to see what it was like to work with one that was faith-based.

What do you like about your experience serving at SBSK?

Seeing incremental academic improvements by kids who are struggling in specific areas. For kids who are doing well academically, seeing them develop better social skills has been rewarding. I like how the program uses the Bible to reinforce what constitutes good and bad behavior with the children. It is powerful when the staff can say “This is not only what I expect, but what’s God expects from you.”

My interaction with the SBSK staff has been exceptional. Their commitment to the students is far greater than what I have seen in other programs.

You can volunteer too! Visit: www.sidebysidekids.org/volunteer.

 

Side by Side Run at the Ridge 5K Trail Run

December 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

 

Thanks to our partner, Austin Ridge Bible Church, we will be hosting our 2nd annual Side by Side Run at the Ridge 5K Trail Run on February 1, 2014.

This 5K trail run is a family event everyone will enjoy. We are inviting you to bring your whole family to run or walk through the scenic hiking trail of Austin Ridge Bible Church. This year, we’ve included a fun festival so come celebrate with SBSK. We will even have a fun run for the kiddos, who are too young to run through the challenging trail. Prizes will be given to our top runners!

Now, if you’re asking yourself, “Why should I run?” the reason is clear!

Remember Genesis, our Student Hero of the Week? Well, a couple of weeks ago we visited with her. She gave us a brief glance into her life. Genesis told us that she enjoyed attending SBSK because we taught her about God and how great He’s been in her life. She went on to say that she wants to be a pediatrician when she grows up because she loves helping others. We thought, that’s about right. Genesis frequently volunteers to help younger students with their homework and is always willing to help around the classroom. She is certainly caring and helpful. She’ll be the perfect pediatrician! We love seeing that our kids are being inspired and thinking about their future. Here’s a young student, who once had very little hope in her future, but today is planning on how she can contribute back to her community. We are proud to say that our afterschool program is making a difference. Like our mission says, we are here: “To inspire and equip kids in East Austin to be excellent students, make wise choices, and follow Christ”, and that is evident in all of our students, especially in Genesis.

When thinking about signing up, don’t just think of this as another trail run, but as a run with a cause. You’re participation will impact the lives of kids who need encouragement, guidance and hope for a better future.

For more details about the Side by Side Run at the Ridge 5K Trail Run visit: http://bit.ly/5Ktrail

To be a sponsor for this event contact sly@sidebysidekids.org. 5K Sponsorship Form 2014

Interested in being a volunteer for the 5K? Sign up here.

Now Hiring

November 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

Side by Side Kids employs a variety of individuals to support our program needs. All staff must meet our high employment standards. Side by Side Kids requires a review of the potential employee’s background, including reference checks and a complete criminal background screening that utilizes the records of the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Staff must also receive training, including a review and acknowledgement of our organization’s Child Protection Policy before they are allowed to participate in the SBSK Afterschool Program.

1) Job Title: Side by Side Kids Afterschool Teacher (Crew Leader)

Every school year, Side by Side Kids looks for passionate people to staff its afterschool program. We are currently recruiting afterschool teachers, affectionately known as “crew leaders” by our kids, for the Fall and Spring semester.

Main Duties:

Afterschool teachers lead a class of 10-12 elementary-aged students through recreation time, homework time, and a God-focused curriculum time. They help kids build vital academic skills, grow meaningful relationships with kids, and have fun teaching kids big truths about God’s character.

Time Involvement Required:

Afterschool teachers work 2-4 days a week (Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or Monday-Thursday) for 8-16 hours a week. Their daily schedule is 2:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. $10 an hour.

How do I sign up?

If interested, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to our Afterschool Program Coordinator, Celia Lugo, at celia@sidebysidekids.org or call the Side by Side Kids Office at 512-371-9393 for more information.

Please download the documents below to help you get a jump start on the process. Remember to follow the directions on the checklist below and submit a cover letter detailing your interest alongside your resume.

SBSK Employment Application

SBSK Employment Application Checklist

SBSK Criminal Background Authorization

SBSK Afterschool Teacher Job Description

 

2) Job Title:  Side by Side Kids Afterschool iPad Lab Teacher

Every school year, Side by Side Kids looks for passionate people to staff its afterschool program.  We are currently recruiting 1-2 Afterschool iPad Lab Teachers for the Fall and Spring semester. We are looking for enthusiastic, tech-savvy individuals to help manage the daily operations of our iPad labs at our afterschool campuses.

Main Duties:

iPad Lab Teachers lead classes of 10-12 elementary-aged students through a 25-minute, academically-based learning lab using Apple technology. Each class period begins with a 5-minute teaching lesson to introduce the topic of the day. Lessons are grade-specific and focus on a math or language skill their class is mastering that week in school. Techs must pick up and return their school’s assigned iPads to the SBSK office every day in order to maintain the safety of our Apple equipment.

Job Requirements:

Applicants should have graduated from high school or acquired a GED.  Applicants must be proficient with using Apple products, especially the iPad. Applicants are not required to have an education background, but should come ready-to-learn about managing a classroom, about teaching and mentoring elementary-aged kids, and about managing Apple equipment. Applicants should be passionate about working with children, intuitive about the needs of others, and ready for a challenge. Preference is given to applicants with experience working with kids and to those proficient in the Spanish language, though not mandatory.

Time Involvement Required: 

iPad Lab Tech teachers work 2-4 days a week (Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or Monday-Thursday) for 8-16 hours a week. Their daily schedule is 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. $10 an hour.

How do I sign up?

If interested, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to our iPad Program Coordinator, Susan Garrett, at susan@sidebysidekids.org or call the Side by Side Kids office at 512.371.9393.

Please download the documents below to help you get a jump start on the process. Remember to follow the directions on the checklist below and submit a cover letter detailing your interest alongside your resume.

SBSK Employment Application

SBSK Criminal Background Authorization

Afterschool iPad Lab Teacher Job Description

 

3. Job Title: Assistant Site Coordinator

We are currently recruiting an Assistant Site Coordinator for the Fall and Spring semester.

Main Duties:

The Assistant Site Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Site Coordinators in managing the daily operations of the Side by Side Kids afterschool program at two assigned elementary schools.

Time Involvement Required:

This is a part-time position requiring 15-20 hours of work per week. Hours will flex to accommodate evening and weekend activities. Assistant Site Coordinator will report to the assigned elementary throughout program hours of 2:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. with additional preparation, clean up time, and staff meetings as needed. Hourly rate is $10.

How do I sign up?

If interested, please e-mail a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications along with your resume to our Afterschool Program Coordinator, Celia Lugo, at celia@sidebysidekids.org or call the Side by Side Kids Office at 512-371-9393 for more information.

Please download the documents below to help you get a jump start on the process.

Side by Side Kids is an equal opportunity employer.

Student Hero of the Week – Boldness

September 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

 

Melissa was nominated for Student Hero of the Week because she exemplified the character trait of week 1, which was boldness. Although Melissa is a normally more quiet and shy student, she was bold as she participated in her afterschool activities. She wrote a poem and boldly shared it with her class and she also boldly sang the song of the week.

Melissa loves attending the SBSK Afterschool Program because her teacher helps her with her homework. Melissa also likes that she gets to see her friends after school. When she grows up, Melissa wants to be a Veterinarian because she loves animals. She has several pets at home and enjoys taking care of them.

Favorite School Subject: Science

Hobby: Reading her favorite Treehouse books

Favorite color: Purple 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

 

Now Hiring Afterschool Teachers

August 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

 

WORK WITH OUR AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM THIS SEMESTER!

 

 

God is using SBSK to bring the message of God’s love to kids in east Austin schools.

SBSK is currently looking for energetic, Christ-loving individuals to lead a group of 12 elementary-aged kids in an afterschool class for the fall 2013 semester. Afterschool teachers, also known as crew leaders lead the students through structured recreation activities, homework help time, and a Bible-based “Crew Time” where kids learn about God’s character and His love for them. Crew leaders work 2-4 days a week, Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, or Monday-Thursday from 2:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Find a detailed job description at www.sidebysidekids.org/jobs.

Apply by August 23 to be considered and to be invited to the training on August 26-27. Send your cover letter and resume to Afterschool Program Coordinator Celia Lugo at celia@sidebysidekids.org. Call 512.371.9393 for more information.

 

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Summer Appeal

July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Floyd Carrington was just like any other 1st grader. He was a great kid, but he just couldn’t turn in his homework. Before Side by Side Kids, Floyd would refuse to turn in his homework because he was overwhelmed by it. When he joined SBSK we paired him with one of our wonderful volunteers and it was almost like overnight that Floyd gained more confidence in completing and turning in his homework. Working side by side with Floyd helped him excel academically and he was even honored as SBSK Student of the week. This and more is what we intend to do with every child that is part of the Side by Side Kids Afterschool Program.

This school year we were so proud to launch our academic iPad Labs in both of our elementary afterschool programs. The children loved iPad Lab time and it helped them tremendously with their school studies, specifically math and literature. We had a total of 1300 hours of additional academic support provided through the iPad Labs alone to students enrolled in the SBSK Aterschool Program. One student commented, “The iPads have helped me with school because I didn’t know my multiplication facts at the beginning of the year. When I started practicing on the iPad, I was having fun and got a lot better. My teachers were impressed at how good I got so fast.”With the help of about 50 classroom volunteers this year, students were able to finish their homework on a consistent basis during our program. Many experienced more individual attention, helping enhance their grades. We were even able to implement the Homework Huddle Leader Program, where older students in the program were given the opportunity to help younger students with their homework during their own recreation time. In addition, each SBSK student participated in nearly 90 hours of homework help time during the year. That’s at least 13,500 hours of additional homework help that students benefited from by being in the SBSK Afterschool Program.

In addition, this year we’ve seen kids so excited to read that they have their noses in books while waiting in line for snack or dismissal time. We’ve also been blessed with gifts of brand new kids’ books through several donors this year! Thank you to all who donated. Also, our faith-based curriculum has impacted the lives of our students. In fact, we see the gospel at work through our children constantly. Marcelino, a 4th grader mirrored the gospel as he became friends with a kid who was being bullied and was also honored Peacemaking Student of the Week. At SBSK, we are encouraging hearts and inspiring minds everyday in East Austin.

As we start planning for the next school year, we are reminded that we can’t do this alone. We realize that there are seasons in our lives when we are able to share God’s abundant blessings with others. As we launch this summer appeal, we are asking you to continue to pray for us and to consider making a financial contribution to Side by Side Kids. If you find yourself experiencing a bountiful season, will you please help us prepare a path to support close to 200 elementary students? Side by Side Kids has set a goal to help raise $50,000 to jump start our SBSK Afterschool Program by August 1st. All of your donations are tax deductible and we can provide you the necessary documentation for tax return purposes.

Donate Now!

God bless you for expanding God’s kingdom in the St. Johns Community.

Sign up for Side by Side Run at the Ridge 5k!

April 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Tie those laces and get your running shorts out of the drawer because Side by Side Kids is having its very first 5K run!  If running is not your thing, well you can walk! Runners and walkers unite to support east Austin. Side by Side Kids currently serves elementary students at two locations in east Austin and needs your help to continue our efforts at  inspiring and equipping kids to be excellent students, make wise choices and follow Christ.

East Austin is one of Austin’s toughest areas to live in. It has the highest rates of low income and child poverty in Austin. The area has among the highest rates of teen pregnancy and child abuse in the city.  Many of the children come from homes where the parents do not speak English and thus have limited English skills themselves. Crime is high and graduation rates are low. In the midst of these challenges, God is at work renewing the community. That’s why along with running/walking we asked participants to raise $200. If you have never fundraised before, don’t worry we have a fundraising tip package below that you can download and will help you.

This 5K will be for the whole family! There will be a run/walk and a fun run for the kids. We promise, this won’t be any ordinary 5K. We will  have music, moon jumps, face painting and crafts the whole family will enjoy.

Register here

When: May 19, 2013, 8 am

Where: Austin Ridge Bible – 9300 Bee Cave Rd. Austin, TX

Cost: $50 per runner/walker

Fundraising:  Runners/walkers are asked to help raise $200 by June 30, 2013 to add support for the East Austin’s children being served. Create your personal fundraising page here: stayclassy.org/sbsk5k (click on Become a Fundraiser to create your page).

Buddy Pass: Not running or walking, but still want to be part of the fun? We offer a Buddy Pass for only $20 – get’s you into the event and a meal.

Fundraising Tips (graphics to share through social media, fundraising email and how to raise $200 in 7 days

Side by Side Kids would like to extend our gratitude to the members of Austin Ridge Bible Church for their amazing support in this effort. We simply cound not do this with out their support and partnership.

 

Now Hiring Afterschool & iPad Lab Teachers

January 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

1) Job Title: Side by Side Kids Afterschool Teacher (Crew Leader)

Every school year, Side by Side Kids looks for passionate people to staff its afterschool program. We are currently recruiting afterschool teachers, affectionately known as “crew leaders” by our kids, for the spring semester of 2013.

Main Duties:
Afterschool teachers lead a class of 10-12 elementary-aged students through recreation time, homework time, and a God-focused curriculum time. They help kids build vital academic skills, grow meaningful relationships with kids, and have fun teaching kids big truths about God’s character.

Time Involvement Required:
Afterschool teachers work 2-4 days a week (Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or Monday-Thursday) for 7-15 hours a week. Their daily schedule is 2:30 – 6 p.m. They start at $8.50 an hour.

How do I sign up?
If interested, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Celia at celia@sidebysidekids.org or call the Side by Side Kids Office at 512-371-9393. You can also visit us at 1033 La Posada Dr. Suite 372, Austin, TX 78752 for more details.

Please download the following documents to help you get a jump start on the process. Remember to follow the directions on the checklist below and submit a cover letter detailing your interest alongside your resume.

SBSK Employment Application
SBSK Employment Application Checklist
SBSK Criminal Background Authorization
SBSK Afterschool Teacher Job Flyer
SBSK Afterschool Teacher Job Description

 

2) Job Title:  Side by Side Kids Afterschool iPad Lab Teacher

Every school year, Side by Side Kids looks for passionate people to staff its afterschool program.  We are currently recruiting two iPad Lab Techs for the 2013 Spring semester.  We are looking for enthusiastic, tech-savvy individuals to help manage the daily operations of our iPad labs at our afterschool campuses.

Main Duties:

iPad Lab Techs lead classes of 10-12 elementary-aged students through a 25-minute, academically-based learning lab using Apple technology.  Each class period begins with a 5-minute teaching lesson to introduce the topic of the day.  Lessons are grade-specific and focus on a math or language skill their class is mastering that week in school.  Techs must pick up and return their school’s assigned iPads to the SBSK office every day in order to maintain the safety of our Apple equipment.

Job Requirements:

Applicants should have graduated from high school or acquired a GED.  Applicants must be proficient with using Apple products, especially the iPad.  Applicants are not required to have an education background, but should come ready-to-learn about managing a classroom, about teaching and mentoring elementary-aged kids, and about managing Apple equipment.  Applicants should be passionate about working with children, intuitive about the needs of others, and ready for a challenge.  Preference is given to applicants with experience working with kids and to those proficient in the Spanish language, though not mandatory.

Time Involvement Required: 

The T.A. Brown iPad Lab Tech works 2 days a week (flexible) for 7 hours.  The J.J. Pickle iPad Lab Tech works 2 or 4 days a week (Monday-Thursday) for 6-13 hours.  The daily schedule is 2:00-5:30.   Pay starts at $8.50 an hour.

How do I sign up?

If interested, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Susan at susan@sidebysidekids.org or call the Side by Side Kids office at 512.371.9393.  You can also visit us at 1033 La Posada Dr., Suite 372, Austin, TX 78752 for more details.

 

A Special End-of- the-Year Opportunity – Give The Gift That Changes Lives

December 07, 2012 | Comments (0)
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The children from the St. Johns neighborhood need your help! Please join the Side by Side Kids ministry by helping continue to serve children through our after school programs. Your end-of-the-year gift has always helped meet our mission: To inspire and equip kids to be excellent students, make wise choices, and follow Christ.

At Side by Side Kids, we serve approximately 150 elementary children each school year. Your financial supports have made a major impact on the children of St. Johns and your continued gifts allow the students of Side by Side Kids to grow in many ways. We are committed to:

  • Tutoring & inspiring our kids to reach academic excellence
  • Encouraging them to make wise choices
  • Sharing and modeling the love & truth of the heart- changing Gospel with them.

Each year, we see first-hand amazing transformations taking place before our very eyes. Children who live and experience poverty with little hope are now aspiring to become our future heroes and leaders of tomorrow.

Our kids want to grow up to be doctors, lawyers, astronauts and contribute to their community. We pray that you will be inspired to make a tax-deductible, year-end donation today. No amount is too small, and all gifts are appreciated.

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Would you please contribute today? It only takes a minute and it will make a huge difference for the children we serve.

Click here to donate online: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/df8IOH4r/sidebysidekids/changinglives 
This holiday season; please give the gift that changes a life!

Every gift qualifies for a tax deduction. You can also mail your check to Side by Side Kids, 1033 La Posada Dr. Suite 372, Austin, Texas 78752.

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. – Proverbs 11:25

Grace and Peace,

Sly Guzman Executive Director Side by Side Kids, Inc.

P. S. Side by Side Kids would like to thank the many generous donors who have already made a gift this year – we couldn’t do this without you.

The date has changed for Golf for Kids!

November 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

The date has changed for Side by Side Kids 3rd Annual Golf Tournament.

Here are the details.

When – Golf for Kids – April 1, 2013, 8:00 am shotgun.
Where – River Place Country Club
Cost – $100 per player (golf, cart, practice balls, polo shirt, lunch, prizes)
Format – FUN 4-person scramble, on-course competitions

We are looking for sponsors, if interested please contact sly@sidebysidekids.org

For more info visit http://www.sidebysidekids.org/learn/golf-for-kids/ or click on learn & then on Golf for Kids.

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