Encouraging hearts. Inspiring minds.
We journey side by side with kids encouraging and equipping them to reach their highest God-given potential as everyday leaders and heroes of tomorrow.
Side by Side Kids (SBSK) is the only free, faith-based afterschool program in East Austin. We serve 300 elementary students annually in some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods, where thousands of kids have no supervision or safe place to go after the bell rings. SBSK encourages and equips our children through personalized homework help, a healthy meal, mentoring, and faith- and character-building curriculum.
Our program is privately funded with the support of individuals, churches, foundations, and businesses. 98% of our students advance to the next grade level, and Side by Side Kids was the sole Texas-based recipient of the Chick-fil-A Foundation's 2016 "True Inspiration Awards," which recognizes nonprofits around the country for their impact on youth.
To inspire and equip kids in East Austin to be excellent students, make wise choices, and follow Christ.
To help us meet our mission, we worked with the professional support of The University of Texas professors to develop a new curriculum for our program. Each week, we focus on different biblical character traits such as faithfulness, compassion, and perseverance. Our Afterschool Teachers use a variety of teaching strategies, including physical activities, music, and art.
Founded in 1996
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"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."