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I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesnt confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told meJohn 15:15

Last week we kicked off our first Summer Club Fun of the summer! These Thursdays are a great opportunity for the kids in our community to channel their energy in a fun and educational way.

During the Summer Club Fun Friendship Fiesta,our students not only learned how to be trustworthy friends, but also how to trust in God.

While reading the story of Moses, we saw that, even though Moses was chosen by God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, he had doubts that he was right for the job. Still, despite his fear, he accepted this calling. In response to his faithfulness, God placed Aaron in Moses’ life to be a friend that would guide...

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Our wonderful Oak Hill Site Coordinator, Devin Miranda, took the time to tell us about her role at Side by Side Kids and her own relationship with Christ.

When did you begin following Christ?

My parents shared who God was with me at a young age, and I have believed in Him as long as I can remember, but high school was when I truly began to follow Christ. My life has truly been transformed! I think for so many people, there are seasons of push and pull with our relationship with God, and thankfully, His love and dedication towards us is not determinant of the love and dedication we give Him. I’m thankful that He is a God of great love and patience, which is why I think Side by Side Kids is so important. We teach our kids that there is a God who loves them and who is patient with them when they make mistakes. They learn that God wants the best for them in life and is there for them. I’ve seen the difference that affirmation has made in the lives of our students and their families.

Why did you want to work at SBSK?

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At the beginning of the semester, our Afterschool Teachers were presented with a challenge: to recruit their friends to apply for a position at Side by Side Kids. With each friend we ended up hiring, they would win a gift card.

Ever up to the challenge, Anna-Claire Taylor, an Afterschool Teacher at our Brown/Barrington campus, decided to share this job opportunity with two of her friends, Kendrah and Emily.

“Anna-Claire told me how much she loved Side by Side Kids and how much she enjoyed doing ministry with the program,” recalls Kendrah. “I also have a heart for ministry and children, so I applied!”

Eventually, both Kendrah and Emily applied to be Afterschool Teachers with Side by Side Kids... And they were both hired!

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At Side by Side Kids, our goal is to help our students gain a deeper understanding of biblical character traits to empower them to grow in Godly character. This is why our weekly curriculum typically centers around a "Word of The Week" like confidence, self-discipline and perseverance.

This week, however, was a little different.

Instead of curriculum centered around a character trait, the theme for this week's program was Arts Week. While the theme in itself is unique, the best part about Arts Week is that each Site Coordinator has the freedom to develop their own curriculum to teach their campus.

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Are you passionate about teaching kids in high-needs communities? Do you want to see the lives of kids transformed under your leadership? Side by Side Kids might be the perfect fit for you!

Year-round, Side by Side Kids looks for servant leaders to staff its afterschool program. We currently have various job opportunities available and we think you could be the perfect candidate.

Interested?

Come check out our Side by Side Kids Job Fair on Friday, February 2, 2018!

You are welcome to come to either of our two sessions -

  • Session One: 10 AM - 12 PM
  • Session Two: 12 PM - 2 PM

During this time, you'll have the chance to learn more about SBSK, apply for a position, and interview on the spot. Come with an updated resume and three references and you could have the potential to walk away with a job - a job that will make a difference and impact lives!

Ready to get started?

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We want to introduce you to the incredible women that make up our SBSK team. Our Site Coordinators are the heart behind what we do and we wouldn’t be able to encourage hearts and inspire minds without them leading the way.

This week, we’re introducing you to Liz Mitchell, our Site Coordinator at Mollie Barrington Elementary! Here's Liz to tell you more about her story!

I’m from Round Rock, Texas (just north of Austin). I was born here, grew up here and then went to school here at UT Austin, so I’ve basically spent my whole life in the Austin area. Right before Side by Side Kids, I completed an 8 month long leadership and discipleship training program in Tyler, Texas called the Forge. There I had theology training, lived in community with 27 other Forge students, and went on several trips including one to Israel last spring.

I decided to work at Side by Side Kids because I believe in the life-changing ministry that we have the privilege to take part in every day. Every day we teach kids about the gospel, we get to know each...

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

My hope is that, as you are reading this, you are in a blissful food coma, steadily recovering from a joy-filled day spent with family and friends. More so, I hope that you’ve had time during this holiday season to reflect on all there is to be thankful for!

I’ll be the first to admit that, when I’m so wrapped up in busyness, it’s easier to view everything as ordinary and mundane. That’s why today is so special - it allows me to pause and give praises of thanksgiving to God for ALL of the ways - big and small - he’s moved this year.

As you can imagine, there are so many things to be thankful for this year at Side by Side Kids. These are just some of the main ones I want to share with you all, so we can join together in celebration!

We're thankful for our new campuses!

"And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women." Acts 5:14

When I started at Side by Side Kids in 2016, my school, Webb...

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We want to introduce you to the incredible women that make up our SBSK team. Our Site Coordinators are the heart behind what we do and we wouldn’t be able to encourage hearts and inspire minds without them leading the way.

This week, we’re introducing you to Brittney Alston, our Site Coordinator at J.J. Pickle Elementary! Here's Britney to tell you more about her story!

I grew up in California, attended college in Alaska and relocated to Texas from there. I’ve lived in Austin for just over 2 years now! I wanted to work somewhere where my faith could play a central role in what I do and was so excited when I came across Side by Side Kids because serving God is at the heart of this organization.

One of my favorite parts is getting to know every single kid that joins our program! There are so many colorful, sweet, and silly personalities. I’ve enjoyed seeing their enthusiasm for learning more about God and seeing the bond they form with their crew leaders.

I think ours is a unique organization because it is rooted in prayer. It’s so powerful...

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On Saturday, October 28th Side by Side Kids hosted our annual Triple C fundraising event! It was a wonderful evening at Abel’s on the Lake that was filled with delicious food, live music, great conversation, and a good cause.

The evening began with setup. We hung photos of each campus, set up a fun photo booth, prepared donation cards for each seat, and most importantly, we prayed together. As we prepped the venue, I became more and more excited for the evening ahead.

I was filled with gratitude for the opportunity to share the ways our students have overcome various obstacles and have touched my own heart. I couldn’t wait to share their stories of difficulties and disadvantages that have been transformed into tales of growth, triumph, and hope. As I talked about my Side by Side Kids students and the mutual impact we’ve had on each other, I got to learn the ways that our ministry has impacted some of our guests and their families.

Triple C was special because we got to listen to and tell these stories - these real, unedited, authentic stories - and in this, we...

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We want to introduce you to the incredible women that make up our SBSK team. Our Site Coordinators are the heart behind what we do and we wouldn’t be able to encourage hearts and inspire minds without them leading the way.

This week, we’re introducing you to Devin Miranda, our Site Coordinator at Oak Hill Elementary! Take it away, Devin!

Before working at SBSK, I worked as a legislative aide for the 2017 Legislative Session for Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. After graduating from Texas A&M with a political science degree, this is the road I foresaw myself going down, but as my time in session came to a close, I felt at a crossroads because I felt God pulling me towards a different path than I had planned for myself.

After much deliberation and talks with God, I knew he wanted me somewhere else and I felt the non-profit realm the place to be for me. I trusted that God would place me where I needed to be, and then along came SBSK. From the moment I pressed send on my application, everything -from...

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