After School Program

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Lily Missions Center’s After School Program’s provides opportunities to close the academic and social gaps that challenge our youth’s development. The primary focus is academic success. In the most recent test results, students showed that 97% improved by at least one reading level in comprehension, 98% in reading fluency, and 98% in math. These results have been consistent for the past 15 years. The program is available from September-May for students ages preschool through sixth grade. The program is from 3 pm - 6 pm every day and includes dinner, homework assistance, remedial tutoring, work on social skills and multiple opportunities to expand knowledge in a variety of subject areas. School buses bring the children to our safe facility each day after school.

Through our programs, students receive help with academic and social skill building from educators and caring adults in the community. Thorough assessments are given to each student at the commencement and end of the program by trained professionals in order to monitor measurable outcomes. These test scores allow our staff to identify which level the student is at in Reading, Writing, and Math and then individualized lesson plans are created to increase the students’ scores. With these efforts, students are more proficient in their school subjects and ability to interact socially.

Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is open weekdays and includes breakfast, lunch, and academic enhancement for children. These programs are free to families.

The Summer Reading Program provides instructional strategies for reading and writing for children ages 4-12 years old. The program focuses on phonics, comprehension, and the relationship between written and spoken language. Children attend a 6-8 week program during the summer from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Thursday. We provide results to parents to encourage them to become teaching partners in their child’s development. Children increase their skills by working one on one and/or in small groups with certified teachers and college students whose focus is in education and program consulting. Community volunteers also contribute their time to assist teachers.

TERRANCE Herbert CONNER Memorial SCHOLARSHIp

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The Terrance Herbert Conner Memorial Scholarship provides a $1000 scholarship to a qualified Jackson High School graduate. The award recognizes students who demonstrate motivation in their pursuit of higher education, are actively involved in their community, and have a financial need. Scholarship funds can be used for tuition, books, fees or other academic costs. Applicants must plan to attend an accredited college, university, vocational or technical institute and be a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours. A designated committee of the Lily Missions Center will make the selection. An interview may be requested at the discretion of the scholarship committee.

Teen Transition program

Lily Missions Center’s Teen Transition Program provides a safe haven for youth with adult supervision. It is intended to keep youth off the streets by giving them a place for recreation and for learning life skills to promote responsibility and self-sufficiency. This program has a direct impact on youth developing healthy relationships, support and assistance in the pursuit of higher education and community involvement/service. It provides activities that are not readily available after public school hours for teens that help them succeed in school, develop skills and confidence, and take advantage of job opportunities, (preparation for standardized exams, assistance with college entrance, job training, money management, gathering place after sporting events, etc). The Teen Transition Program serves Jackson County teens at the critical stage between youth and adulthood (ages 14- 18).

Middle School Challenge Day Project

The Lily Missions Center hosts the challenge day project every November. The center collaborates with the Jackson Chamber’s MLK Diversity Committee to bring middle students in Jackson County to facilitate understanding that the differences they have are building blocks for new relationships.

The program draws on the one-day experiential workshop called Challenge Day, but goes further. Designed to engage student participants in activities both before and after Challenge Day, the program promotes collaboration among educators, students, parents and community agencies in a focused effort to improve the social climate of area middle schools.

Bullying, teasing, and isolation – these occur far too often in our schools. Their effects can be devastating and life-changing, and can include low self-esteem, poor grades, truancy, depression, substance abuse and violence. The MLK Diversity Committee (a partnership between the Chamber, the Jackson County ISD, the Jackson Human Relations Commission and other community members and organizations) designed the Middle School Challenge to empower students to create a school-wide culture of kindness.

INVESTMENT PROGRAm

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The investment program was developed to deliver the young generation out of the tragedy of having more debt than money. Seminars and classes were held at the Center monthly to create a stewardship atmosphere. Pastor Hines credits the late Mr. Woodard with giving him advice on how to become rich that encouraged him to develop the investment program. The sound wisdom of Mr. Woodard, “not to grab with your hands everything your eyes see,” was the foundation for the lessons Pastor Hines uses to teach about investments and financial discipline, which includes the importance of good credit.