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Sprinting to Success As youth prepare to return to school, one Youth Horizons Protégé is headed to college. Lexi Valle-Ponds, a graduate from Newton High School, earned a student-athlete scholarship to attend Tabor College in Hillsboro. She recently enjoyed a signing day event at her school. Her mentor, Marlynn Branam, attended the signing day. Lexi is...

Seeking Male Mentors Our community-based mentoring program continues to thrive. We are launching “Mentor Community,” which will offer quarterly socializing opportunities to network with stakeholders, train mentors in a shared learning environment and pray together. Our hope is that Mentor Community will create opportunities for our matches to thrive. In terms of prayer, please pray for youth...

Wren Project Funding Needs As you know for the past two years, we have been planning the launch of our newest ministry to serve girls in a residential program. We call this “The Wren Project.” The vision to serve girls has gained a lot of attention within the Youth Horizons community, and we know God has...

Thank you, Donors So many of you have blessed Youth Horizons financially through the years. Even during the recent uncertainties, God has provided through you. My heart is warm through your generosity, and I cannot thank you enough for supporting Youth Horizons. The needs of our youth often seem crippling, yet we remain undeterred in our...

Message From Youth Horizons President Robert Garner Greetings! I cannot believe how quickly the year 2021 is moving. It has been several months since I have personally given you an update. This edition is the start of a quarterly newsletter message from me. However, you can continue to expect a monthly newsletter that communicates and celebrates the...

Youth Horizons takes Optimist Approach   As the Wichita-Sedgwick County community continues to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, Youth Horizons staff is looking for opportunities to share our youth-mentoring ministry with local groups. Last month, YH Vice President Van Williams was a guest speaker at the West Wichita Optimist Club. It was an opportunity to raise awareness...

Matches End, Friendships Begin   This time of year is always bittersweet at Youth Horizons. Every summer, we say farewell and thank you to Mentor-Protégé matches coming to a formal close in our program. While mentoring relationships formally close under Youth Horizons’ supervision at age18, we are thrilled when these matches continue to be involved in each...

Hoopin’ For Youth Horizons Youth Horizons is grateful to be the benefactor of a new memorial fundraiser, “Hoop for Noah (formerly Noah Macias Medical Fund).” In honor of the late Noah Bruce Macias who had a passion for basketball as a player and coach. Noah, who believed it was his mission to connect with young men...

Easter Sun Run Success We want to thank all who participated in the Virtual 2021 Easter Sun Run (ESR). Our vision, “Divided by Distance, United in Mission” turned out to be evident with how participants, churches and sponsors came together to support Youth Horizons. Three churches even held their own race event, which created a fun...