Church Gives Helping Hand to at-Risk Kids

May 20, 2015

On Wednesday, May 13, Grand Avenue UMC, Porterville, graduated its third Teach One to Lead One class. Teach One to Lead One is a community mentoring program that teaches universal principles to lead at-risk kids to a life of purpose and potential. By directly putting qualified mentors into these kids’ lives, they offer a positive influence that many at-risk kids have never had. Teach One to Lead One has proven methods allowing great success since 1996.
Kids are assigned the program through the Youth Diversion Department which is the juvenile rehabilitation program within the Porterville Police Department. First time offenders have the option of entering the program as an alternative to due process. Reoffending rates of those who finished the program are very low and continue to drop.
Mentors are trained in child sexual abuse prevention, and the subtleties of interacting and communicating effectively with today's youth. The classes are 12 weeks long with an extra week for community service and graduation. Graduates receive a certificate of completion and hear a speaker.
This session also included a six week parent module that will continue to be offered. There is also a 3rd  to 5th grade module called E3-5 that Grand Avenue is planning to implement soon. For more information on this program, go to