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We’re so thankful for our partners at Still Water Camp, who provided three of our students with the opportunity to spend four days, fully-funded at their Christian sports camp in Blanco, TX.

The four days of summer camp provided our students with a chance to explore outside the city and their own comfort zone. The camp offers physical outlets through volleyball, soccer, and other field sports, but also teaches lessons on leadership and the gospel.

Our Program Director, Michelle, was happy to hear that the kids had such positive experiences that they were eager to share when they returned to Austin. “They expressed so much gratitude for the chance to go and were very enthusiastic when they were asked about it”.

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A study by Brookings Education concludes that “on average, students’ achievement scores decline over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-learning”. In addition, students in grades 2 through 9 lose about 25-30 percent of their school-year learning.

When asked about the main goal of Summer Scholars, Piccola, our Volunteer Coordinator, had a difficult time thinking of just one, but settled on the importance of offering summer education. “A lot of communities don’t have access to summer reading or things along those lines through their school. We’re really trying to offer our students the chance to keep up with what they have learned so they can go back to school and confidentently progress to the next level”.

The week long curriculum of Summer Scholars gives the kids in the community a chance to review what they have learned from the past school year while also sticking with lessons to prepare them for their next grade level. Each day, students are taught lessons from...

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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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