Since our first Back to School Program in 2009, children have developed a relationship with Love, Respect and Encouragement. Putting Prayers to Action has reached over 10,200 children with clothing, blessing bags and food for our Back to School Program. We have documented: significant improvements in communication and knowledge of our families. We have seen increases in the families in need, and a greater willingness to try to provide to the children. Putting Prayers to Action Programs are expanding to many schools, community centers and churches in the Appalachian Region. Putting Prayers to Action installs a Team Leader in each elementary school or area who implements on-site Putting Prayers to Action Programs and forges community collaborations to help establish an efficient method of reaching the families in need. After the method is determined, a location is designated for distribution, visits to the area to meet the families are done, data bases are made and a one call list is established for the area. Our Appalachian Back To School program ranges from 7 days/168 hours to 5 days/120 hours each team member will do visits to the families, help deliver food to families without transportation, interact with the children and each team member will be stationed with a particular set of duties and responsibilities. The team members go to be a blessing, but usually receive a bountiful blessing in learning the principle of serving. Putting Prayers to Action encourages youth leaders and families to participate to build and strengthen good morals and values in the children God has placed in their life.
Program long term success
We envision expansion of Putting Prayers to Action Back to School Program throughout the Eastern Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia school districts and community centers as well as in districts and communities throughout the poverty stricken areas within the United States.
Program success monitored by
In the past, Putting Prayers to Action collected data from Family Resource Centers, youth workers and church leaders via surveys, discussions, interviews and observations. We synthesized this data using a system of indicators that determined, based on percentages, our programs success in various poverty stricken areas. Feedback and testimonials from past programs illustrate the power of Putting Prayers to Action programs to transform children’s attitude, self-confidence and relationship with God. Our families are located in throughout the Appalachian Regions, we feel consistent collaboration increases attendance and strengthen our relationship with our families
Program success examples
Since our first Easter Program in 2009, our program has reached approximately 10,200 children in the Appalachian Mountain region. Assessments and discussion from the schools Family Resource leaders are taken at the beginning and end of each year. The results have shown that children involved in Putting Prayers to Action Programs have increase their grades and self confidence levels. The new clothes and the extra food provided gives them the boost they need to excel and teachers report improved behavior and attention spans in class. These experiences have also provided our team members with opportunities to develop skills in the following areas: leadership, self-confidence and self-respect, trust, sense of responsibility for self, others, the community, critical thinking, teamwork, and decision-making, as well as, made them environmental stewards within their own community.