“Leading the Ignite Youth Leadership Program gives us the opportunity to reinforce KidWorks’ vision to transform challenged neighborhoods in central Santa Ana through education, character formation and personal development.”
“At UHSM, we are committed to making a change and giving back to our communities,” says UHSM President Christopher Jin. “Leading the Ignite Youth Leadership Program gives us the opportunity to reinforce KidWorks’ vision to transform challenged neighborhoods in central Santa Ana through education, character formation and personal development.”
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KidWorks, a nonprofit organization ushering hope into Orange County’s most challenging neighborhoods through life-changing leadership development and academic enrichment programs, launched IYLP in June 2021. This program is centered around character themed soccer games and activities to engage youth and model love, prayer and facilitate leadership skills. Since the program’s inception, eight high school students have been selected as leaders along with two junior high students. They have begun their leadership training as coaches and mentors and will begin official programs after Christmas. Ignite youth leaders are trained to focus on impacting the lives of these children by giving them opportunities to learn about the Bible’s teachings and values such as respect, integrity and honor so they can become the best versions of themselves.
“This UHSM initiative perfectly aligns with KidWorks’ goal of walking alongside those that are underserved and in need. And we do this with an outside of the box type of ministry that above all, engages in a posture of love, care and play,” says UHSM Program Director and KidWorks honorary staff member Anthony Cummings. “UHSM’s support gives this program the resources to implement conversations around faith and the love of God, career preparation, social skill development and facilitation techniques in sports-based youth development.”
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