Partnering with Anglican Church in North America’s Matthew 25 initiative!

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All – we are very proud and honored be a partner with the Anglican Church of North America’s (ACNA) Matthew 25 initiative.   They have provided a $12,000 grant to support the work we are doing in Guadalupe.   It is a matching grant, so we will only get it once we have raised a matching $12,000.   So please visit our “donation” page and help us out.  Thank you all for the support and help.  And again, welcome to our ACNA partners!

ACNA Matthew 25 initiative:   www.Matthew25i.org.

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Busy 2016

Things have been busy in Guadalupe in 2016.   The tutoring program continues with about 40 kids, including two more high school graduates!   Congratulations Destiny and Gabriel. We continue working with our family groups on issues that are important to them and helping families get more involved with their children’s educations.

Also, we started a vending business as a way to generate some employment for some of our Guadalupe friends.   The first half of this year had been spend learning the business – it is now running well and we want to expand.    If you are interested in having a vending service for your business / site; please drop us a note.

We are in our summer program and things continue to go well.   We are doing Godly Play with the younger children and have our teens being leaders in the program; helping out with the younger children.   Lots of reading and great field trips.    The older children and working on their summer and life goals.    In August, the tutoring starts up again.  Check out some of the pictures.

If you want more up to date information, check out our Facebook page – this gets updated weepy or more often.    www.facebook.com/ArizonaNTIMG_2482 IMG_2478 IMG_2476 IMG_2475 Godly play IMG_2471 IMG_2472 IMG_2473

 

Summer Ends / Fall tutoring starts

Our Guadalupe summer program, led by Miss Marina and Miss Rose, is coming to an end.  Last day is this friday July 24 – when the kids in the Guadalupe Learning Lab under Miss Marina will have their party.   We will then be packing backpacks for all the kids in the program (thanks to everyone that donated supplies!) and giving them to the kids Friday July 31.

Our Fall tutoring program at the Guadalupe Learning Lab kicks off Monday Aug 10, 2015.    Hours will be:  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 – 6:00 pm (note – later time for special projects can be negotiated).  Focus is on helping kids with homework and to improve their overall school achievement.  Wednesday we will have Moms club, GED, parent – teacher conferences, as well as open time for any student needing special help.  On Fridays we will be closed but use the time as needed for community events, special education help or any other flex time needed by the community.

 

Guadalupe Learning Lab newsletter – June / July 2015

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Drawing our children made based on the stories they read that morning

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Afternoon exercises in the Guadalupe Learning Lab

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Miss Tyler leading a reading group

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Caleb Winebrenner doing a storytelling session with some of our younger kids

Caleb Winebrenner doing a storytelling session with some of our younger kids

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the kids drawing pictures based on My Caleb’s storytelling session

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Game time at the Guadalupe Learning Lab

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Guadalupe Summer program going strong

We are well into our summer program in Guadalupe. We continue to work with the 50 children from tutoring; our focus is to go deeper with them and their families as opposed to adding more kids. We meet every week; Tues through Friday. Hours are 9 am to 5 pm.

Our schedule focuses learning in the mornings. We focus on doing reading lessons / activities with the children age ten and younger from 9 am to noon. With the older children (age 11 and up) we do Bible studies and leadership development. The afternoons are spend doing field trips like the Phoenix zoo, museums, water parks and Skateland.

For the older kids, we are doing the Discovery Bible study from CNT, where we go through the entire Bible in 28 lessons. Then we are having each child plan and execute a community service project for Guadalupe. The kids come up with the ideas and we have many of them – painting, community garden, senior center service, etc. It is exciting.

It is important to understand this is not one of those projects done “for” the people in Guadalupe. This is a community owned program. Community leaders Miss Marina and Miss Rose run them. Parents help out by driving the van, cooking lunch, chaperoning field trips, etc. The parents also do all the driving to field trips (our van is only a 15 person van and Miss Dina drives this). The parents provide money for the field trips and lunch. And the kids are working on giving back to the community of Guadalupe that they love.

Finally, you might ask what are we doing on mondays. On mondays, we do our moms club, which is now running. Also, we open the lab, its computers and high speed internet to adults that want to work on GED test practice. The GED work is slow in taking off but we are persevering – it shall come.

State Farm Grant

We missed the State Farm grant…..

As many of you know, Guadalupe Learning Lab was trying for a $25,000 State Farm grant. We were one of 4000 causes to enter and we made it to the final 200. These went into a big FaceBook vote-off to see which of these 200 finalists could get the most FaceBook votes. We gave this a good shot and we want to thank everyone that supported us by voting on FaceBook for the Guadalupe Learning Lab and then sharing with your friends. We came in in the mid 60s, missing the top 40.

In one way, this is a bit of sad news. I know many of you out there were fantastic supporters of us and voted consistently every day and I can tell you, I and Miss Marina are sad we did not make the top 40. However, I really think this is something to celebrate. We learned so much about how to do these kind of campaigns We met so many new people and were able to let them know what is going on in Guadalupe.

I rejoice in all I saw come out of this. We had people voting for the Guadalupe Learning Lab from ALL OVER THE WORLD – Malaysia, Australia, South Africa….. We had 15 of our parents and a bunch of kids from the Guadalupe Learning Lab braving 108 degree heat to stop cars in the middle of Guadalupe, tell them about the lab and get them to vote for the lab on FaceBook! Our first time in the voting we placed well into the top half. While we did not win, it was a true joy to see the community being built by all of us working together for this. And that is what it is about.

We will try again next year – so keep an eye out for it! We are shooting to be in the top 40 Facebook vote getters in 2016! So thank you for your support and watch for it again next year.

Thanks yous, Praises and Prayers:

* Thank you to everyone that joined us to vote for us and to share with their friends our quest for the $25,000 grant from State Farm. While we did not get the grant, we learned much and made many new friends. God is good – thank you all so much for your support!

* Thank you for the healing in my Dad. He suffered a stroke in September and continues to heal well. He is walking on his own (still needs a cane most times) and is fully recovered in his left arm and speech. I know many of you have been praying so thank you

* I would ask for prayers of Miss Carol, wife of our friend Gary DeVelder, the director of Abounding Service – a partner of ours. She is working with medical experts on alternative treatments for a very dangerous and aggressive form of cancer. Please include them in your prayers.

 

Help Guadalupe Learning Lab get a $25,000 grant!

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Guadalupe Learning Lab is a finalist for a $25000 State Farm grant! Guadalupe Learning Lab is one of the 200 finalist of 4000 entries for a State Farm grant.   We are now in a Facebook “Vote-off”!   The top 40 vote getters will get a $25000 grant each.  Please help Guadalupe Learning Lab be one of those 40!

You can vote 10 times / day, every day from now until June 3 on Facebook.  Below is the link.  Please vote and Share – this will help us all expand the work of the Guadalupe Learning Lab!

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Guadalupe – getting ready for summer 2015

2014-2015 School Year has been major in Guadalupe.   We are now in two large rooms in Guadalupe, with Miss Rose leading one tutoring group and Miss Marina leading the other.  About 50 children between the two.  We have started tracking grades for many of the kids and even with only a year worth of data we are seeing improvements.  Many of our elementary school kids are seeing grade improvements and over the 2014 summer program 4 of the 4 year olds that attended went on to early Kindergarden based on the reading they did in program.

Even more, we have been working with the families of our children to help them help themselves improve things that are important to them.  In 2014 we partnered with “Gangs to Jobs” to bring a job development program to Guadalupe to help some of our adults find work.  This continues.  Even more, we thank God for the healing G2J founder Natividad Mendoza has had as he has recovered from bleeding on the brain that prompted two surgeries.   He is doing well!

We have added a moms club led by Miss Marina were she gives parenting classes to about 9 of our family groups moms with babies.  By taking these parenting classes, they earn “Baby Bucks” they can use to buy items for the children (clothes, diapers, wipes, etc).  See the picture to left for a package of diapers.IMG_1820

Summer program starts June 8 and will run Tues – Fri 9 am to 4 pm.  In addition we will be open during the day on mondays to provide GED training for some of our adults, based on their requests.   We know have high speed internet in the lab, so we can accommodate internet based work better.

We thank everyone that has helped this year.  The people that donated all the items to fill both Miss Rose and Miss Marinas space.  The people (inside Guadalupe and outside) that gave clothes and supplies for the Moms club.

The second big room in the Guadalupe Learning Lab!

The second big room in the Guadalupe Learning Lab!

Our New Larger Guadalupe Learning Lab - fully outfitted!

Our New Larger Guadalupe Learning Lab – fully outfitted!

Our tutors like Mr Will, Mr Bud, Miss Euphemia.  Some of the WYAM friends at came to help out like the Hales, Kenneth, Eleana and Judah Orozoco, Tim and Elaine Agenbroad and Eliza!  And many, many others!  Thank you and God Bless.  Onward to summer 2015.

 

Guadalupe Learning Lab expanding!!!

We have outgrown the old Learning Lab in Guadalupe.  So this February we are moving into a newer, much bigger double suite in the Mercado.   See the pictures – we have well over twice the space – two big rooms, 4 cubicles for 1:1 tutoring for high schoolers, storage for the new moms club and its own bathroom!   Come on down and visit – we are open mon – fri 3:30 – 7:30 pm each week.   We are still in the Mercado – now on North East corner next to the boxing gym.

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GLL kids selling food their parents prepared to help support the Lab

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Home made cupcakes (made by Celeste)!

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Customers buying food from the Guadalupe Learning Lab kids

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One of the the two big rooms in our new space – already outfitted with desks by the kids and parents of the Lab

We also celebrate the community fund raising being done to help support this new space and its higher rent.   We have a fund raising committee of some of the parents of the kids in tutoring and they are doing one or two events per month to help support the lab.  Last weekend was a bake sale in the community that raised $300!  We have another this weekend and a kickball tournament the weekend after.   This really is a community led and supported effort.

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The second big room of the new Guadalupe Learning Lab. In the back are the tutoring cubicles and throughout the doorway the bathroom

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The book corner in the new Guadalupe Learning Lab space

 

Reminder – AZNT is qualified for the AZ working Poor Tax Credit

All – reminder that AZNT is a qualified non profit for the Arizona Working Poor Tax Credit.  That means you can donate up to 250$ as an individual or 400$ as a family and get a credit for the full amount to apply to your Arizona State income tax.  Just like the School tax credit (and separate – you can do both!).  Please consider donating this year and take advantage of this tax credit – the money goes to support the Guadalupe Learning Lab and all the great community – led work in Guadalupe.  Thank you!