"Even though I started with a God-given desire to help a child who needed guidance and love, I quickly found out that God had given me the opportunity to learn more than the girls I mentor. Mentoring has been the most rewarding service I have ever entered into. I have grown to love the girls I mentor and cherish the time we have together. Even when my schedule is crowded and I find I have too much to do, I always come away after our visits feeling happier and more fulfilled." – Lisa Garrett

 

C21 Mentors is a member agency of Mentor Alabama, a state partner of The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR). C21 Mentors follows the guidelines described in Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™. The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ is the cornerstone of MENTOR’s programmatic efforts, developed and disseminated to ensure that as the quantity of mentoring grows, quality remains front and center. First published in 1991, theElements are widely accepted as the national and global standards for quality youth mentoring.

In order to qualify as a youth mentor with C21 Mentors, an applicant must first pass a background check administered by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The background check is based on files obtained  from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Prior to matching an approved mentor, C21 Mentors provides orientation and training based upon Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™.

Our Vision: We seek to provide young people living in challenging environments trusting relationships with adult role models in an effort to affect positive futures.

Compassion21 matches children ages 8-18 with Christian adults who commit to mentor to them for a minimum of one year. The young people to be mentored come from those who participate in the programs in Compassion21.

The children have various needs; some are in danger of making very destructive choices in their lives, some are in danger of losing hope due to bad experiences, many are simply in danger of wasting incredible potential because they do not know how to set goals and develop plans to achieve those goals. In every case, we at Compassion21 believe that the best way to help these children is by one-on-one interaction with Christian adults who are willing to share some of their wisdom and experience in these areas, along with provide relationships that build trust and foster confidence. Through these mentoring relationships, we hope to share the compassion of Christ with our community in a way that will develop future leaders who will be able to continue these goals in our community and beyond.

If you have any questions about the program please contact us at:

334.269.1992

The Perfect Storm

God has taken the perfect storm and turned it into a giant wave that has brought us deeper into the communities that we serve. At first, the Montgomery Housing Authority’s new direction of closing down communities where we serve as well as the current economic situation looked like the perfect storm that would greatly hamper our work.  However, God had something better in store for us.

As one door closed, another opened. The housing authority offered us the use of their community centers free of charge. This allows us to move some of our Learning Centers from area church buildings, which required a major transportation program, to operating Learning Centers in the low income areas of our city. This has opened the door for community based Day Camps, Reading Camps, Bible Schools and various needs based seminars for adults.
 
This new wave is going to allow us to open CPR gatherings in every community. CPR stands for the Compassion of Christ, Prayer and Renewal gatherings. Imagine what is going to happen when we establish small groups of God’s People in each of our poverty stricken areas that become known as a gathering where the compassion of Christ is lived out, the community is being prayed for and spiritual renewal is being offered. Only God can take the perfect storm and turn it into a giant wave that expands His Kingdom.


"A Lack of Manpower, Talent and Financial Resources hinders us from taking the Areas of Poverty in our City using the current Church Growth Model we have in place that is based on transportation. We must start looking at what we have instead of what we don’t have and use what God has given us."


Characteristics of a CPR Gathering


•    These gatherings will be in the community in which the people live. You bring Christians to the community instead of the community to the church buildings.
•    Christians involved in these gatherings will be encouraged to be Christ’s Ambassadors to the community they serve.
•    The insignificant yeast has much to teach us about the inner workings of God’s Kingdom (Mt 13:33). These gatherings will stand as a constant presence of God’s Kingdom in that community and will be challenged to permeate that community.
•    These gatherings will meet in store fronts, community centers, restaurants, public places or houses. •    These gatherings will be no larger than 20 or 30 people, sometimes smaller.
•    Gatherings will be challenged to start other gatherings.
•    People and the process of making disciples for Jesus takes priority over the program

 

For more information and additional questions you may have please contact:

Ken Kilpatrick

(P) 334.260.4985

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