About Coach Kids
COACH Kids was created in 2007 to fulfill a need in Clinton County for a faith based mentoring program for at risk youth. What started out as Big Brothers, Big Sisters in the 1970’s by a teacher who saw a need within one of her students, has evolved into a local organization who works with schools, churches and other local groups to provide mentors.
Increasing Hope, Lowering Risk
Christ Offers All Children Hope at COACH Kids and that is how the organization was formed. It is proven that young adults who were considered at-risk youth, but had mentors, are 52% less likely to skip a day of school and 46% less likely to start using illegal drugs. This is just the start of how important a mentor/mentee relationship can be.
We believe in giving youth hope through safe, compassionate relationship.
Facing some problems can be scary, facing some problems alone can be truly terrifying. Our staff is here to make sure that no one has to face a problem alone. Click on any of the names to find out more about how they help bring hope to young people’s lives:
Mentoring was built into Susan Grasham’s identity from a young age. She spent over ten years in youth ministry, trying to invest in the lives of teenagers. It didn’t take long for her to realize that relationships are powerful; the words we use, the attitudes we carry, the hope (or lack of hope) that we convey can make a very large difference.
COACH Kids provides a relationship resource to put hope into the most hope-less situation. Susan says, “The best people I’ve ever known take the time to look into a child’s eyes and listen to what they’ve got on their hearts. I’ve seen it change the course of a life! Everyone wants to know that they matter and recognizing one’s value is the first step to valuing others. I want to use my life, my gifts and talents to make those relationships possible.”
For Elizabeth, COACH Kids means so much more than a “job”, it is a passion! After working in the juvenile justice system and seeing the need for kids to have someone they can confide in, she feels thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of COACH Kids. Her favorite part of working at COACH Kids is the ability to change kids lives, one kid at a time as well as working with all of the mentors.
Leah came to COACH Kids as a volunteer. She believed in the benefits of mentoring to the mentor, mentee, and community from the beginning. Leah feels that the whole community needs to wrap kids in hope so that as the world hits them, they do not become hopeless. She loves seeing the community supporting kids and feels honored and humbled to be a part of that support system through COACH Kids.
COACH Kids works hard to achieve its mission every day. Through positive relationships, youth & their family can learn to make good choices and build a strong foundation for a brighter future.
2016 Board of Directors
Jo Ellen Clark