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Mission: To love, disciple, and empower youth to be leaders through faith in Jesus.

Population Served: Boys, ages 6-18, living in the Grier Heights neighborhood

History: The I AM 24/7 movement started in Grier Heights in 2009 with a soccer ball, a bag of candy, and a couple of soccer players from the Charlotte Eagles. They brought a simple message of transformation: “Jesus loves you and has a plan for your life.” The coaches kept coming and the relationships started forming. That message was shared weekly through time together and evolved into these soccer “coaches” moving into the neighborhood.

Approach: I AM 24/7’s strategy is to use sports as a vehicle for creating mentor relationships with coaches and volunteers that provide spiritual guidance, academic support and empower youth to be leaders in their own communities. Today, there are 50 students participating in I AM 24/7. They make up 5 teams, both soccer and basketball. Leaders engage and coach youth year-round, providing not only instruction in sport, but tutoring, Bible study, travel experiences, and intentional Leadership Development nearly every week of the year. The staff live in the community creating a family feel with deep relationships that are empowering for all involved.

Service Opportunities

Primary Contact: Ben Page, Co-Founder and Executive Director: ben@iam247.org

 

Prepare a meal for I AM 24/7 students – On Wednesday evenings, 25 students gather for sports’ practice, tutoring, and Bible study program. Disciples are needed to provide a dinner for the 15 students to kick off these evening activities. Dinner can be dropped off at the Outreach Center by 6:30 pm. Sign up here to provide dinner. 

High School Tutor:Every Wednesday night, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Outreach Center, tutors help high school students with a variety of subjects(following a meal and brief bible study beginning at 6:30). Must be over 18. A 4 – 6 month commitment is preferred.

 Middle School Tutor: Every Thursday night, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., tutors help middle school students with a variety of subjects (following a meal and brief bible study beginning at 6:30). Must be over 16. A 4 – 6 month commitment is preferred.

 Middle or High School Basketball or Soccer Coach:Seasonal, and practice times vary.  Must be 18 & must have played high school (and preferably college) basketball or soccer.