L.A.M.P. (Learning Assistance and Mentoring Partnerships) is a collaboration among the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Family Guidance, and area churches – including North Way Christian Community –to impact the city of Pittsburgh one student at a time by matching a church (or churches) with a specific Pittsburgh public school to serve and provide mentors to that school’s students. Since 2006, North Way Christian Community has partnered with Pittsburgh Faison K-5 School in the Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh -- and in the years since, we have matched hundreds of caring mentors to hundreds of students who truly need a caring adult in their life. If you have a heart for children, L.A.M.P. has a waiting list of many children who would love a mentor. Here are a few ways you can get involved, and you can contact Kelly Phillips for more information. One-to-One Mentors One-to-one mentors meet exclusively with one young person for about three hours on a weekly basis for excursions, meals, or just hanging out. These mentors commit to at least one year of mentoring, and the time spent together, week after week, is invaluable in shaping a young person’s confidence, trust, and character. Estimated weekly time commitment: 3 hours plus travel Training required? Yes Travel required: To/from mentee’s home Clearances required: Act 33 and Criminal Background Family-To-One Mentors In family mentoring, an entire family works with one young person, with the same gender parent as the primary mentor. Families meet with students once a week for at least three hours, and we stress the need for one-on-one time with the primary mentor. The family mentor model has become popular because of the important lessons families and mentees learn together. Estimated weekly time commitment: 3 hours plus travel Training required? Yes Travel required: To/from mentee’s home Clearances required: Act 33 and Criminal Background School-Based Mentors School-based mentors are trained specifically for working with a mentee in the school setting. While there may be an occasional need for academic support, the main focus is on building a relationship over the course of the school year. Mentors are matched with a specific child, and weekly time spent together occurs on-site and during school hours. Estimated weekly time commitment: 2 hours plus travel Training required? Yes Travel required: To/from Faison campus Clearances required: Act 33 and Criminal Background Prayer Support Despite all of the time and effort our teams dedicate to helping the children and families at Faison, we know that we will not succeed unless we are humble enough to depend on God’s grace to accomplish His will. We are constantly aware of the enemy’s desire to distract and discourage us. The Prayer Team meets once a year in person, and members participate in daily prayer from their homes. Prayer and praises have proven to be of primary importance, and the Prayer Team rejoices in many changed lives through L.A.M.P. Estimated weekly time commitment: 2 hours Training required? No, but training is available and recommended Travel required: Minimal Clearances required: None Frequently Asked Questions Where is Pittsburgh Faison K-5, and why was North Way matched with this school? The Pittsburgh Faison K-5 School is located on Tioga Street in the Homewood section of the City of Pittsburgh. The students who attend Faison face significant risk for educational failure as defined by the school district. Over 85% of the students who attend are eligible for Title I services targeted to students and families with low and moderate incomes. A closer review of the students and the neighborhood reveals that many students must overcome serious barriers – academic, social, and environmental – to learning on a daily basis. Education and mentoring professionals have indicated that the students and families at Faison continue to benefit measurably from the support of L.A.M.P. How can I help? North Way has created four teams of volunteers to assist students and families: One-to-One Mentors, Family-to-One Mentors, School-Based Mentors, and Prayer Support. Why do I need training? The introductory training combines basic mentoring skills training with an orientation to the Faison School and its community. Through our partnership with Family Guidance – the most successful and experienced faith-based mentoring organization in Pittsburgh – we want to equip all of our volunteers with the tools they need to be successful. These tools include essential training in mentoring and cultural proficiency provided by the Pittsburgh Public School District’s expert consultant team. While some of our volunteers are experienced educators and community activists, they have all been enriched by the high quality of training provided by Family Guidance. Is there a minimum time commitment to be a mentor? Yes. When you agree to become a mentor, we require a minimum one-year commitment. Experienced mentors have identified consistency and reliability as important issues in the lives of the children we seek to serve. In some cases, it may take close to a year to develop a meaningful relationship with a child on a weekly basis. If this is a requirement, because of your other commitments, you believe you cannot fulfill, that is perfectly acceptable. As you can see, there are a number ways to serve the children. Do I need a certain educational or professional background to be a school-based mentor? No. You only need a heart to serve these kids who face so many obstacles to learning. Experience with teaching and/or raising children is helpful, but not necessary. Mastery of academic skills -- mathematics, reading, writing, science, and others -- is NOT required. In L.A.M.P.’s first five years, were we able to make any academic progress? Yes! Whether it was improved grades, higher standardized test scores, fewer absences or disciplinary incidents, God has done significant work in the lives of Faison students. Many of our mentors report significant improvement by the children they are serving, and several students who began in L.A.M.P. years ago have now graduated high school and entered college studies. May I serve on more than one team at a time? Yes. Many of our volunteers participate on a number of levels in L.A.M.P. It is not unusual for a volunteer to serve as a school-based mentor and also serve as a one-to-one or family-to-one mentor. The only limit on your participation is your time. What is Family Guidance? Family Guidance is a comprehensive, Christ-centered organization, established in 1964, that provides training, support, and mentoring supervision for L.A.M.P. mentors.
North Way Christian Community Justice Team
Our Mission Rooted in prayer and the Biblical call to “do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8), our mission is to advocate on behalf of the vulnerable and oppressed by engaging the church through education and outreach. Our Ministry Founded at North Way in 2012, we are dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of the vulnerable and oppressed, including victims of human trafficking. We focus specifically on the people of North Way Christian Community, generally on other churches in our region, and also on the circles of influence of our global mission partners. The Justice Team provides opportunities for both our team and the larger church body to volunteer and engage in ways to serve the vulnerable and oppressed, including the development of strategic relationships with churches and agencies to multiply the impact of our collective work. You can learn more about us by watching the WQED special Human Trafficking: Pittsburgh Fights Back. Our Meetings We typically meet the third Sunday of every month at 4pm at North Way Wexford. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend a meeting. Our Contact Information Justice Team North Way Christian Community 12121 Perry Highway Wexford, PA 15090 email@example.com
Our vision is to see abortion end in our city, nation, and world through a cultural transformation arising from the love and compassion of the body of Christ. We seek to accomplish this through four main goals: educate the church body on the impact of abortion; encourage alternatives to abortion; support women and families who choose life; and offer healing for those affected by abortion. The Embrace Life team meets the first Thursday of every month at 7pm in the Conference Room at the Wexford campus. For more information or to join our ministry team, please contact Alicia: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also like us on Facebook. Who We Support Hope Found for Birth Mothers: Hope Found for Birth Mothers meets every Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Birth moms who placed 5 or more years ago are welcome to join! For more information, please email us: HopeFoundBMSG@gmail.com. Embrace Grace: Embrace Grace is a 12-week Bible study designed for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. It meets every Tuesday from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Oakland campus. In addition to in-depth Bible study and a supportive community, the church will host a baby shower for the women and several other fun, meaningful events. Childcare is available. Please email Alicia: email@example.com to register or volunteer.
We as a church are called by God to “defend the cause of the Fatherless” (Isaiah 1:17) our purpose is to raise awareness of the 147 million orphaned and abandoned children in our world and then educate and equip people with the resources and support they need to care for these at risk children. “Having a heart that is tender towards children without a family is a test of our love for God. If we say we love God but do nothing on the behalf of the world’s vulnerable children, we’re kidding ourselves. You simply cannot love God without developing a passion for orphans.” — Kay Warren Our Mission To eternally impact the orphan by engaging the Church to “care for orphans in their distress.” We are dedicated to encouraging, educating and empowering families to free orphans to follow Jesus. This ministry was founded in 2006 by North Way Christian Community members dedicated to impacting the plight of the orphan. Our purpose is to act as a resource to individuals and families through:
- Education by enlightening the church about the needs of orphan, and the steps to take toward adoption/foster care, or orphan care accomplished primarily by holding conferences, bible studies and classes.
- Supporting families with prayer, fellowship, networking, and advice. We seek to develop a mentoring, small group environment between families who have already fostered/adopted and those that are in the process through our monthly support group.
- Providing Financial Resources to families contemplating adoption through our North Way Community Adoption Fund.
- Mobilization of our members to create a global influence through mission trips to international orphanages.
- Network with agencies, organizations and other churches in the local, national and international orphan care arena.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
North Way partners with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank through a food pantry located at the Wexford campus. From noon-2pm on the second Thursday of each month, the food pantry stores and distributes food to individuals who need food assistance. Donations are accepted in the hallway across from the Trinity Room. Items needed are listed above the collection bin and on the electronic screens in the Atrium. Click here to see the many ways the North Way food pantry is impacting communities all over Pittsburgh!
Other Local Partnerships
All-Campus Partners House of Manna House of Manna serves the community of Homewood, working to bring everyday people into the family of God through study, fellowship, and spiritual growth. North Way serves meals every other month at the weekly Friday night gatherings, and there are many other opportunities to be involved. Sign upto volunteer, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Family Guidance Family Guidance is committed to supporting children and restoring families of all cultures in western Pennsylvania by working in concert with local churches and communities to share the love of Jesus Christ through building meaningful relationships with God and others. Their initiatives include: Y.E.S., an after-school program for urban youth; Promise Camp, a camping ministry for at-risk youth; One-to-One, a youth mentoring program; and L.A.M.P. (Learning Assistance and Mentoring Partnerships). Contact: Anna Marie Caulkins: email@example.com Video: Family Guidance on the Front Lines Pittsburgh Kids Foundation The Pittsburgh Kids Foundation is for youth pastors, churches, and anyone who is interested in reaching kids for Jesus and helping to expand the Kingdom of God in Pittsburgh and beyond. They have been actively involved in the lives of Haitian orphans and the people of Haiti for over 15 years. The PKF partners with three centers in Cap Haitien, Haiti where North Way sends short-term mission teams: EBAC, IDADEE, and New Vision Children’s Home. Our partners there care for the basic needs of orphan children and nurture their relationship with Jesus Christ. Please consider sponsoring one of the 140 children living in these homes and make a difference in a child’s life. Contact Brad: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Light of Life Light of Life Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered ministry that provides food, shelter, and life-saving programs for the poor, homeless, and addicted, with a vision to build disciples for the Kingdom of God among this population. If you are interested in serving, you can sign up on the Light of Life volunteer database, or you can contact Emily: email@example.com for more information. Additionally, here are some ways you can serve in the coming weeks:
- 6pm, Tuesday, October 18 | More than a Meal Gala | We would love for you to join us for our Annual Gala at Heinz Field with Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley. There are three ways you can get involved:
- Sponsor the event
- Buy a table or attend individually | Go to LightofLife.org/Gala to register and get more information.
- Donate silent auction items | If you are able to donate anything toward our Silent Auction (ex. weekend getaways, sporting event tickets, unique experiences, etc.), we would appreciate it.
- Holiday Volunteer Opportunities:
- Oct. 31 | Trunk or Treat
- Nov. 12 | Alive Festival for the Homeless
- Nov. 21 | Thanksgiving Dinner Basket Outreach
- Nov. 24 | Thanksgiving Day
- Dec. 23 | Christmas Outreach/Christmas Giving Project