In the ever-changing world of COVID-19, SouthSide Youth Outreach has done our best to keep pivoting with the pressing needs in our community. When it became apparent that school would not follow a traditional model this year, we determined to find a way to fill the gap. Our Program Manager, Anna Jennings, worked tirelessly to establish us as a fully certified childcare so we could provide a place for families in this new world of online distance learning.
Thankfully, we are happy to announce that we have successfully launched a completely new program: RISE Child Care! We are thankful for the opportunity to continue supporting our community in Corvallis. This is a new step for us. Making the decision to scale back and start something new was done intentionally so we could continue to build strong, young lives.
With so much changing, we have found that for ourselves and for our community, that at new crossroads it’s wise to take a step back and analyze the how and why of where we choose to go next. For us, a habitual practice is evaluating our next steps through the lens of our mission, vision and core values. We have found that in a year that continues to change quickly with new challenges and issues, that getting lost in problems would be an easy pitfall if we had not anchored ourselves in our values and goals.
Therefore, to remind ourselves and encourage our readers of the goals at hand and where we feel like God is leading us in this crazy time, we turned to some of our board members and asked them an important question we hope will inspire us all! Being that our board is a crucial force of talented men and women, we felt that learning more about their hearts for SouthSide Youth Outreach would be a great way to remind ourselves of the wisdom and direction they bring to our organization while we refocus on where God is taking us.
So, we asked them: What does building strong, young lives mean to you?
After reading those responses, we were reminded that despite the challenges, quick changes, and new directions we have a solid community guiding, providing insight and encouraging us to keep going. As Autumn arrives this year, we pray that you have the same encouragements!
-With love from all of us at SouthSide Youth Outreach