Metro Kidz is the prevention ministry of the Atlanta Dream Center
Across the city of Atlanta, there are children who are hurting. They are surrounded day in and day out with poverty and hopelessness, drug abuse, violence and crime. As a result, they are prone to academic failure, behavioral problems and poor nutrition. In a few years, teen pregnancy, drug abuse and juvenile delinquency will become the norm among these precious ones. We are determined to stand in the gap for these children.
Our Metro Kidz ministry employs a number of creative solutions to reach, restore and rescue these children. By taking action now, we are breaking the cycle of hopelessness among these youth and their families. At the Dream Center, we believe that it is “better to build boys and girls than to repair men and women.”
For this reason, the Metro Kidz team brings spiritual, emotional and academic support to hundreds of children and their families through weekly in-home visitation, Sidewalk Sunday School and academic tutoring. Through one-on-one mentoring that focuses on sharing the love of God and regular “Kids Day Out” events, the children are encouraged to see their potential and place in a world beyond their current circumstances. The children impacted by Metro Kidz are freed from the cycle of hopelessness. They know who they are in Christ, and they have a future bright with hope.
Metro Kidz Programs and Opportunities
Kidz Club: Our Kidz Club outreach aims to build Christ-centered relationships with children in vulnerable communities, breaking the cycles of violence, abuse and addiction for the generations to come. For this outreach, we play games, tell stories, make art, pray for each other, and worship God.
Kidz Club is held on Thursday evenings from 5:30pm to 8pm.
Adopt-A-Block: Adopt-A-Block is our opportunity to reach out to the families of the kids we see during the week. We visit them in their homes and really get to know them and what’s going on in their lives. Adopt-A-Block was the first ministry started at the Dream Center and has been our largest outreach since then. It is not just limited to Metro Kidz and is a great way for all the ministries at the Dream Center to come together. Adopt-A-Block occurs every Saturday morning from 10 am to 1 pm. To sign up for Adopt-A-Block, please Click HERE
We are excited to be launching H.O.P.E. Central, an elementary school, in August 2017! H.O.P.E. Central will be a part of Metro Kidz with a mission of cultivating learners who pursue Christ through education. With academic failure being one of the leading causes of homelessness, addiction, and children not knowing their worth, H.O.P.E Central is a safe place to grow and excel in academics and identity in Christ. CLICK HERE to learn more about H.O.P.E Central. If you would like to invest in H.O.P.E Central, click here to donate.
Volunteering: H.O.P.E. Central Discipleship Groups occur Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 1230 pm to 230 pm with our academic program, Synergy, taking place on Thursdays from 12 pm -3 pm. In August 2017, this program will expand and will be held Monday-Friday from 8am to 3pm.
Huddles: Huddles are our newest ministry in Metro Kidz, but we have already seen so much fruit. This ministry’s main focus is digging deep into the Bible and who God is with the kids. We split the groups into a boys huddle group and a girls huddle group. We are blown away by the hunger of the kids for God each week. The children have to earn the privilege of coming to Huddles by showing commitment and positive attitude at JC Central and Kids’ Club.
Huddles, at this time, occur on Tuesday evenings from 5:45pm to 7pm.