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Blessings for The Wren Project God has already blessed the Wren Home project in several ways. Recently, we announced that the project was approved for a Tax Credit Grant from the State of Kansas. With the new approval, the tax credit benefits donors or businesses that donate $250 or more to the Wren Project. Those donors...

Pour Cup Painting Class, August 3   [caption id="attachment_19059" align="alignleft" width="300"] Matches participating in paint event.[/caption] Youth Horizons monthly art classes for mentors and proteges continued in August with pour cup painting, thanks to our partners at CityArts. In July the class was conducted through a virtual Zoom meeting but this month we returned to the facility in...

CAYM Mentoring Program Training   [caption id="attachment_19023" align="alignleft" width="300"] Donnovan Karber, CAYM National Field Director[/caption] Youth Horizons’ Mentoring Program is enjoying updated training during a time of transition. This training is being provided by The Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM). CAYM supports faith-based, youth-mentoring organizations across the country. Its training focuses on best practices, relationship-building, overcoming mentoring...

Distance Drawing Class, July 6 [caption id="attachment_18935" align="alignright" width="300"] Amanda and Kizzaryja, matched 4 years[/caption] Before quarantine, the mentoring program had partnered with CityArts to offer monthly art classes in a variety of mediums to our mentoring matches. The last few had to be cancelled, but in July, we partnered through video calls. CityArts Instructor April Morgan...

A future residential program for girls A 40-acre property given to us by Keith Wren to be used to serve girls at-risk of human trafficking We are thrilled to announce we have received the 2020-2021 Tax Credit Grant. This opportunity is a huge benefit to us and our donors, as all Kansas taxpayers (or businesses) who donate...

[caption id="attachment_18892" align="alignright" width="300"] Robert Garner, President[/caption] Greetings, I hope this newsletter finds you safe and healthy. It seems as though the circle of Covid19 is drawing closer to all of us. I pray that we all continue to exercise social responsibility in order to keep the Wichita Community safe. At Youth Horizons, we will continue to...

On Friday, June 12, we officially closed on the sale of our previous location at 1601 E. Douglas. While a building is just a building, we know so many of you have memories there from the Dandelion days, and the many events that have taken place there the last three decades. God used the building...

[caption id="attachment_18914" align="alignright" width="225"] Michelle, 5th grade graduate[/caption] "One of the things Michelle was sad about missing due to COVID-19 was her 5th grade graduation. It was a really big thing to her and signified moving on to a new school and starting middle school. With some things from around the house, we were able to...

[caption id="attachment_18892" align="alignright" width="300"] Robert Garner, President[/caption] Covid19 and the tension we are facing in the context of social justice have drawn me inward causing me to reflect. I find myself leaning on God like never before. As I draw from the abundance of God’s grace and mercy, I find peace and comfort. My confidence in...

written by Deb Shirkey, mentor [caption id="attachment_18873" align="alignright" width="300"] Katelin and Deb, 2010[/caption] In the summer of 2010, Earnest Alexander approached the church I was attending at the time, and asked us if we would consider being a part of a new type of Youth Horizons’ match program. It was going to be “church based” instead of...