Our Story

1996

Side by Side Kids (SBSK) formerly known as Community New Start, began as a mercy ministry through Redeemer Presbyterian Church, serving the St. John’s Community

2000

SBSK launched a program at its flagship school, T.A. Brown Elementary

2002

SBSK launched a program at school #2, J.J. Pickle Elementary

2003

SBSK became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to serving kids

2009

SBSK secured executive leadership, solidified hiring processes, and upgraded training

2010

SBSK staff developed a new, custom, faith-based curriculum, started new fundraising events, and created the annual Summer Kids Club Camp

2011

SBSK rebranded, refocused their mission and vision, and strengthened their policies

2012

SBSK launched two mobile math and reading labs with iPads

2013

SBSK implemented new program evaluation tools and secured an exemption from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

2014

SBSK moved to the For the City Center, expanded their board, and strengthened staff connections

2015

SBSK developed the Love More Kids expansion plan and launched a program at school #3, Webb Primary, and wrote an additional year of faith-based curriculum

2016

SBSK launched a program at school #4, Mollie Barrington Elementary, and piloted a Summer Scholars Program

2017

SBSK launched programs at school #5 and #6, Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary and Oak Hill Elementary

2018

SBSK successfully organized its first large scale event – Heart of a Lion – and featured First Lady Laura Bush