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Volunteers Help Children Learn, Grow and Flourish at Noah After School

Aislyn Brown helps a student with his homework at Noah After School.

Article by Urban Alliance staff.

On most any given day of the week, Hartford students bouncing with excitement and anticipation make their way to Noah After School, a program run by Hartford City Mission that supports children in their homework and reading skills and helps them learn how much Jesus loves them.  

At the same time, volunteers at the three Noah After School sites prepare for their arrival and welcome them with smiles, high fives and hugs.

Mother-daughter pair Aislyn Brown and Carolyn Lindo both have a passion for kids, and reached out to Urban Alliance to help get connected to a volunteer opportunity that would involve working alongside children. Noah After School was the perfect fit.

"I look forward to going to the program," explained Aislyn, "I feel that I work well with the children and they are fun to work with. They are so engaged in the activities and have so much energy!"

Aislyn, Carolyn and Andrew volunteer at the Noah After School site that is held at Glory Chapel International Cathedral, a new site for the after-school program. Through Next Generation, Hartford City Mission works in collaboration with other Urban Alliance network participants and community allies to help children succeed through different life stages.
 
"It's a blessing all the way around, as the children are getting a valuable experience at the after-school program, operating out of the church in their neighborhood, with the always encouraging support of Urban Alliance for collaborations that enrich the lives of so many," said Rev. Paul Echtenkamp of Glory Chapel.
 
Andrew Sylvester has contributed more than 50 hours of volunteer service at Noah After School in less than a year, and he hopes to continue throughout the coming school year.

"Noah After School has made a difference for a lot of children. It helps them with their school grades and social skills, and most importantly they can learn about how much God loves and cares about them," explained Andrew. "I feel I have an impact by helping these kids with their homework.It is very rewarding to see them understand their school work and know that it will help them do better in school.I also feel that I am helping to provide a welcoming, safe place for them to be after school.  It is good for them to know that people care about them."

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