Kids Hope USA!

Kids Hope USA builds life-changing relationships one at a time:  One Child. One Hour. One Church. One School.

What’s It All About?

Prairie City CRC hosts a partnership program with Prairie City Elementary School.  Adult volunteers are assigned to at risk kids in grades K-5.  One adult mentor volunteer is assigned to one student.  The mentor spends one hour per week with that child during school hours.  That’s basically the bottom line!

What Would I Do With My Student?

What the child and mentor do together is flexible.  The teacher may ask that the child be helped with school work.  But if not, the mentor and student may read together, play a game, draw, write a story, anything relationship building.  The most important part is that the student feels loved, supported and has someone he or she can rely on.

Who Pairs Up Mentors and Students?

The principal and teachers choose children to be part of this program.  They select kids that lack academic and social skills, most likely (but not solely) due to an unsupportive home life.  After the at risk students are identified, the Kids Hope director pairs up mentors and students.

Why Be a Kids Hope Mentor?

A mentor makes a huge difference in a child’s life!  The mentor might be the only adult to give the child undivided attention.  The mentor might be the only person to use the child’s name in a positive tone.  Or the mentor may be the only person that has been a consistent figure, someone the child knows he or she can trust to show up and pay attention.  A mentor giving one hour a week of undivided attention often improves a child’s academic skills, social skills, self confidence and self worth!

Make a difference in a child’s life!  Be a Kid’s Hope Mentor!

For more information or to obtain a Mentor Application, please contact Jodi VandeNoord at

Our church secretary Gladys Kadner also has Mentor Applications.  Contact her at


*This page is dedicated to the memory of Lori Natelborg (1969-2020) - dedicated long time member of Prairie City CRC, wonderful substitute teacher at Prairie City Elementary, loving mother of three, fabulous friend.  She valued kids of all ages, shapes and sizes.  She is greatly missed.