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: info@iam247.org

Summer Lunches for I AM 24/7 students, June 17 – August 15: I AM 24/7 provides an 8-week summer leadership program for young men focused on experiential learning, character development, and spiritual growth. Disciples are needed to provide lunches for the 32 students that attend. Click the button to sign-up. Sign-up

Middle and High School Tutoring: Every Wednesday night throughout the school year. 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Must be over 18. 4-6 month commitment.

Middle or High School Basketball Coach: Every Wednesday throughout the school year, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Must be 18 & having played high school or college basketball. 4-6 month commitment.

Elementary School Tutor: Every Thursday throughout the school year, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Must be over 16 with a 4-6 month commitment.