Kids Club is a weekly large group mentorship initiative to engage children and families and build trust through games, stories, arts and crafts, small group mentoring sessions, prayer, and worship. Kids Club cultivates healthy community, establishes safety and identity, teaches social and emotional skills, and trains children to be community leaders. In 2019, 489 children were engaged through neighborhood Kids Clubs.
Huddles are weekly small group mentoring sessions for boys and girls ages 8 to 12 designed to develop their capacity for healthy relationships, practice skills to navigate abusive or exploitative situations, and cultivate in them intrinsic strength, value, and purpose. Along with Bible study, Huddle topics may include personal body safety, conflict management between siblings and peers, processing grief and loss, stress management and grounding techniques, long-term and short-term goal setting, and leadership development. Huddles are Frontline Response’s primary vehicle for prevention. In 2019, 34 children joined Huddles at two Metro Kids locations.
Parent Huddles are monthly opportunities for parents and guardians to share a meal with the Frontline Response staff, build supportive relationships with each other and the staff, and learn more about what their children are learning at Kids Club and Huddles. As many of the parents are under-resourced, Parent Huddles allow for staff to identify and meet the various needs of each family.
Early Learning Programs
Frontline Response’s Early Learning Program prepares 3- and 4-year-olds with the literacy skills necessary to enter kindergarten. The Early Learning Program operates from August to May, two days per week, from 9 AM – 1 PM.
Each Saturday morning, a team of volunteers throws a block party in one of the strategically-identified neighborhoods we serve. Going door-to-door, teams check in on families and provide activities for neighborhood children, such as art projects and outdoor games.