The Genesis of the WOW Program
Give a child the courage, hope, & skills to become greater than one of their greatest enemies - poverty.
When a child is living in poverty, having a real childhood is a challenge. It’s a struggle for basic needs to be met, and the future is one of uncertainty and fear. Without hope and support, the cycle of generational poverty is perpetual.
So, that’s where you come in...by partnering with The Outreach Center, together we help children find the path out of poverty.
You can provide a child with hope for tomorrow and encouragement for today. With education, empowerment, and equality, a child can find success and anticipate a brighter future.
All children in the WOW Program are provided with nutrition classes, exercise events, and tutoring for school.
In addition to basic needs like food, clothing and school supplies, WOW provides art, music, cultural, and educational opportunities to enhance the children’s resilience, bring equality, offer hope, and help ensure a pathway out of poverty for the child. Know of a child that would benefit from WOW?
Activities/programs are taught by community professionals in the fields of art, music, drama, gymnastics, karate, and dance. Every program and activity is designed to help grow confidence, expand horizons, enlighten, achieve goals, and spark hope. The Outreach Center’s WOW Program is for ages 5-18.
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I am 7 years old. I am in the first grade. I got taken away from my parents because they were using drugs. I never see my mom. She lives in Pennsylvania. My dad stopped using drugs, but he has another family now, and I do not see him much. I live with my Nana and Poppy. I like to help them cook. I love to sit on Poppy’s lap. I told Poppy “I don’t know what I’d do if I “Loost” you!”
I watch a lot of TV. I love Ninja Turtles. It would be so cool to learn how to do karate like them. I want to be a cop or fireman when I grow up. I like to jump on my trampoline and spend time outside. I get nervous and upset sometimes. They tell me at therapy that it is because my mom used that needle and did drugs while I was in her belly. I think it would be good to learn how to play a guitar.
Gauge is a ten year old boy living in a single parent home. His father is not involved in his life at all; he provides no child support or emotional support or any kind of support. I, his mom, give him everything I possibly can.
Gauge’s interests are art and gaming, like most boys his age. Gauge does pretty well in school, although he does struggle in math. His dream job would be to learn to program and create games. He has asked to learn how to play the guitar, but being a single mom, I am not able to financially give him some of the opportunities that other children get. Every cent of my money goes to bills; I have no extra income for anything at this time, so it would be great if TOC could help my kid. I want Gauge to be around more children with his kind of living circumstances, so it can build his self-esteem up, by seeing his isn’t the only child in the world that comes from a lower income family.
The 8 Core Values of WOW
At The Outreach Center, we believe that building character is an important component in working with children. Because of this, we have adopted 8 core values into our W.O.W. program. These are values that we believe will empower children to succeed far beyond the months or years we spend with them. These values will be embedded into our programs and reinforced by those we partner with.
8 CORE VALUES OF THE WOW PROGRAM
1.HONESTY- BEING TRUTHFUL WITH YOURSELF AND OTHERS
2.KINDNESS- TREATING YOURSELF AND OTHERS WELL. PUTTING OTHERS BEFORE YOURSELF.
3.COMPASSION- CONCERN FOR OTHERS WHEN THEY’RE HAVING A HARD TIME
4.COMMITMENT- BEING DEDICATED TO SOMEONE OR SOMETHING. BEING INVESTED.
5.CURIOSITY- EXCITEMENT WHEN LEARNING SOMETHING.
PERSEVERANCE- NOT QUITTING OR GIVING UP WHEN THINGS GET HARD!!!
7.DILIGENCE- PUTTING A LOT OF EFFORT INTO YOUR WORK.
8. GRATITUDE- ALWAYS BE THANKFUL FOR SOMETHING AND ALWAYS REMEMBER TO SAY THANK YOU.