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December 2012

New Beginnings at Hope For Youth Hope For Youth: many new beginnings to celebrate!

Atwell Williams Chairman Javier Ayala E. Webb Crunk III Rachel David Drew Jackson Victoria Jalo Dr. Samuel Pak Douglas Roberts Darel Seymour

Kendall Boyd Executive Director

Emily Morris Program Director

Contact Information Main Phone: (713) 670-9000 Website:

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 573024 Houston, TX 77257

As our new fiscal year kicked off in September, we were excited to welcome two new staff members to the team; Program Director Emily Morris and Executive Director Kendall Boyd. Emily joined the Hope For Youth team in late August, and has hit the ground running. Emily is a graduate of Hunnington University with a degree in Youth Ministries and Missions and has spent time leading youth in both her home-state of Indiana and in Africa, Program Director, Emily Morris where she and her husband, Ryan, spent a semester abroad focusing on ministry to the homeless children in Tanzania, East Africa. Kendall joined the Hope For Youth team in October and is excited about the future of our ministry. Kendall is a seventhgeneration Houstonian and a graduate of Lamar University in Beaumont (BBA), and University of Phoenix in Dallas (MBA). Kendall joins us from the Presbytery of New Covenant, where he coordinated the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s denomination’s Hurricane Ike recovery efforts – helping Executive Director, Kendall Boyd around 1,000 families rebuild their homes after the storm. Hope For Youth founder, Wendy Dewlen, remains active with the ministry as a volunteer; providing administrative support and guidance for Emily and Kendall. Emily has done a fantastic job of leading the program team, and has already facilitated many great events! At September’s Friday Night Live, Emily introduced the theme for this fall, purity and holiness. Later that month, more than 70 youth and volunteers were the guests of the Houston Astros at Minute Made Park. In October, Hope For Youth was one of several urban youth ministries that came together for the Go Hard youth rally at St. John’s in downtown Houston. November began with Friday Night Live at the Houston Children’s Center which featured a concert by Soul Fruit. November’s Saturday event was a fall celebration starting with a traditional Thanksgiving feast followed by ice skating. As the day closed, each family present was given a holiday meal box for the youth to take home to their families – complete with a ham or turkey – provided by one of our ministry partners; The Get Together. December has been full with

Friday Night Live featuring guest speakers on human slave trafficking and the grace of God’s Love. The Mentoring program youth came together for a Christmas party at the home of Estelle and Michael Abner, and the Hope For Life program wrapped up the semester with a trip to the Houston Zoo to view the annual Zoo of Lights. Great fun was had by all! “I believe God brought the right mentor into my life at the right time – when I really needed him to help me grow and learn about Christ.” A…, HFY Youth The Mentoring program kicked off in August with 9 mentors sharing their lives with 18 youth. Every 2nd and 4th Sunday evening, the mentors and youth come together for fellowship and Bible study. In addition to the twice monthly formal meetings, the mentors spend time helping their youth learn about how life as a Christian and Disciple of Christ. For many of our youth, this mentor/mentee relationship is one of the few constants they can truly count on, and is the cornerstone of the deep, relational quality of Hope For Youth’s programs. Currently, the program has 25 youth on the waiting list. Please contact Emily or Kendall if you are interested in volunteering for this rewarding program. As exciting as 2012 has been, next year is shaping up to be even better! Three new programs are planned for 2013: a boy’s and girl’s ministry, Hope For Tomorrow – a leadership training program, and small group bible study with 6th graders currently residing at the Star Of Hope Transitional Living Center.

Wondering how you can help? Here is a list of things that the ministry could use your help with in 2013: 

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Four upright storage cabinets to store supplies and files at the HFY office Mardel gift cards to purchase Christian educational materials Gasoline cards for the HFY van New NIV Bibles Wireless printer hub for 3 printers Three I-Pad tablets to help with a streamlined youth event registration process Desk chair ,microwave, small refrigerator, and coffee maker for the HFY office

Please contact Executive Director Kendall Boyd if you can help any of the above items. (832) 360-0220 or

In November, the Hope For Life program was honored to have Mr. Marcus Vasquez with Woodforest National Bank present a financial planning course to our youth. The course mate-

“The Hope For Life program is giving me some sense that tomorrow will really be better” HFY youth

rial focused on personal budgeting, opening and managing a bank account, and a variety of ways

Woodforest is not only a generous donor to our

to be able to afford a college education. “I really operating budget, but reenjoyed teaching the class and was impressed by cently announced they will the attentiveness and great questions coming

be giving four scholarships

from the group” said Mr. Vasquez.

help those in the Hope For


Life program go onto College. Thanks to Woodforest for their commitment to Hope For Youth and the Houston Communi-

Congratulations to Alex Garcia for his acceptance of Christ and Baptism on November 15, 2012 at Grace Fellowship in Katy, TX.

ty. Without great organizations like them none of this would be possible!!

From our Chairman Dear Friend, A couple of weeks ago my wife Alisa and I were asked to present a short devotional about hope for our church’s celebration of the first week of Advent. As I thought about the subject of hope, I couldn’t help but think about the prophet Isaiah’s proclamation: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2

New Leadership Program

Starting this coming summer, a new program, Hope For Tomorrow, will focus on leadership skills and preparing the youth Starts Summer 2013 in the program to be tomorrow’s leaders in their church, family, communities and careers. Starting in late spring, applications will be taken for students interested in selection for this program, which will focus on bible-based leadership skills.

The Light of Christmas is the Hope of Christmas!

Starting with a retreat before Jesus In The ‘Hood, the leadership program participants will actually help plan and implement many of the programs. Summer camp at KAA will be a unique program, called Higher Ground, which is an intense learning environment for young leaders. After training, the Hope For Tomorrow participants will be small group leaders for younger youth during HFY programs, especially during small group Bible study. Each youth in the program will have an assigned mentor to guide them through this unique learning opportunity.

While over the years many things have changed at Hope for Youth (please join me in welcoming Kendall and Emily), our mission and our motivation remains constant. We exist to reach those underprivileged youth with the Hope of the gospel and to show them the keys to success – spiritually, academically and socially.

Hope For Tomorrow

On an annual basis:  $125 per month feeds 100 youth for a week of Vacation Bible School  $100 per month provides six youth with a Christian mentor  $60 per month gives full HFY programming for one youth for an entire year  $25 per month will pay for one youth to attend summer camp  $20 per month will buy 50 new Bibles  $10 per month will provide curriculum and supplies for a new weekly bible study for 10 6th graders at the Star of Hope  $7 per month will buy a tank of gas for the HFY van  Your prayers will provide guidance from God for HFY staff and volunteers

Donate securely online at or send your donation via US mail to: Hope For Youth, P. O. Box 573024, Houston, TX 77257. All donations are tax deductible.

In 1991, Hope for Youth was born out of a desire to bring that same Light and Hope to a segment of Houston’s population that has known only darkness and despair. Since then, we have seen amazing stories of salvation, transformation, and success as the love of the Lord and the daily support of our volunteers has helped countless youth!

As we head into the final days before Christmas and prepare for the New Year, please take a moment to consider how you can help those still living in darkness. Consider smiling more, sharing more, laughing more, and loving more. Instead of asking, “Why should I help”, ask, “How can I help?” Do what you can to bring the Light into the lives of the lost. After all, that’s why He came! May you have a blessed and joyous Christmas! Sincerely, Atwell Williams

1/13 1/16 1/18 1/24 1/27

Mentorship New Volunteer Information and Training Meeting Friday Night Live Hope For Life Mentorship

Stranger and Imprisonment

HFY Program Calendar Winter/Spring 2013 This coming semester, in our study - ”The Least of These” - we will be focusing on Jesus’ call in Matthew 25:31-46 for us to serve others as worship to Him.

Thursdays 2/1 2/9 2/12 2/16 2/17

Hope For Life Friday Night Live Rice University Basketball- Mentorship & Hope for Life New Volunteer Information and Training Meeting The Gathering (Games Day) Mentorship

God’s love for Humanity

Thursdays 3/1-3 3/16 3/19 3/22 3/24 3/30

Hope For Life Spring Retreat Volunteer Get Together New Volunteer Information and Training Meeting Friday Night Live (Journey to the Cross) Mentorship Cougar Preview (U of H) Hope for Life

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Hope For Youth Newsletter Nov-Dec 2012