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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Centers & Clubs, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development - Religious Leadership, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Novo Ministries exists to break cycles of destruction, hopelessness, and purposelessness through the creation and cultivation of life-changing mentoring relationships with inner-city boys and girls.

Results: This past year we reached over 3,000 children in our programs and the programs of our partners! We have established partnerships with more than 50 local churches and organizations. Currently, over 170 volunteers are involved in Novo programs in the lives of boys and girls. Last year we developed 44 lessons of curriculum and distributed 6,812 booklets. Received ECFA Certification for financial accountability and transparency - Spring 2015.

Target demographics: At-risk children ages 4 - 12 in Oklahoma City's inner-city communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 500 children in our programs and 2500 in partner programs

Geographic areas served: Oklahoma City

Programs: Novo Ministries seeks to connect passionate individuals, churches, and organizations with inner-city communities in the greater Oklahoma City area by helping facilitate weekly after-school programming in these communities. Regularly, the children of our Novo programs and the programs of our partners have the opportunity to build relationships with caring mentors who pour into their lives, share positive teaching, and who paint a picture of a reality that doesn’t have to end with jail, broken families, or gangs. We believe that the children and families in inner-city communities have many needs, but their greatest one is to experience hope and to find and fulfill the purpose for which they were created.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Kathy O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo holds a special place in our hearts. My daughter started as a bible club gal. The volunteers invested so much in her (phone calls, letters, visiting her in the hospital, attending her bday party) showing her the love of Christ. She now has been a volunteer giving back for 4 yearA!

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter, Abbie, has been a student that has been touched by NOVO Ministries. They hold a Bible Club on a weekly basis at her elementary school, Tulakes. The teachers of Bible Club have really helped her learn more about God, how to be a good friend/person. They show her weekly what it means to serve God unselfishly. Bible Club also had an overnight camp 2 summers ago, that she attended. This was the first time she had been away from home more than a night. I was so nervous. She got off the bus after a full week away, and was so estatic about the fun she had. They had a free camp, with lots of fun... all based on God. What more could a parent ask for!

Another great joy about Bible Club is that our church's children's minister, APril Swang, has joined the "staff". This gives Abbie a great connection between all the important areas of her life. Ms. April comes every week and helps spread the love of God to these students at Tulakes, most who live in severe poverty. It is people like her, and many many others, that make a difference in the lives of children every week!!

The time and dedication these teachers show the students is unmatched! They see them weekly, send notes to them sometimes, call them on the phone periodically.. it's a great great thing!! I could not have picked a better "club" for my daughter to join!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Novo Ministries is a group that comes in weekly and volunteers to work with my inner city students. They take their time to build relationships with my students, while sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in a fun way. They have such a powerful ministry that our Bible Club is on a waiting list. I appreciate their willingness to serve!

Chauncey J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stellar organziation. Excellence in everything they do from presenting to administrative background work! The citizens of OKC are fortunate to have NOVO working to make it's city better. I will definitely be reusing their services.

Apollonia M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

About three years ago I moved into and appointment complex where novo was having a bible club...five of my kids started to go on a regular bases thay loved it the teachers where and still are so invited
the kids.. as my kids played and had fun thay also learned about the bible. This was a blessing to me because I really didn't know much about the bible...I could never explain to tham what the verses ment...but novo teaches tham in a way thay can understand it..the only downfall was that bible club was only once a week...but last year novo started cii its like bible club but its monday thur friday..the teacher help with school wor, teaches tham about God, play with the kids and also feeds tham I know my kids have learned alot because of novo there behavior has improved at home...I love novo for thay have done for my kids and family....

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is JaCobi Winslett, I am 16 years old, and I attended Novo Ministries Bible Clubs as a child. If I am remembering correctly, I attended the program for at least two consecutive years, as well as their summer camp program at that time. Novo really was, and is a life-changing program to the young boys and girls that attend. I was introduced to Christ, in a way that I never had been previously. The things I learned at Bible Club, has stuck with me in my Christian journey as I grow older. I am very grateful for this program, because I realize how impacting it was on my own life. Because of the way Novo helped me, I felt led to go back and volunteer, and give back to the inner-city boys and girls, just as was done for me.

Kari J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Why recreate the wheel? Well, when God moves you in that direction, you do it. That's what Valerie did for inner-city children needing curriculum that pertains to their lives through Novo Ministries. She is passionate about God and children in this city! We appreciate her willingness to go above and beyond her calling. Whiz Kids loves you!

Amanda T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We use the NOVO Curriculum at our church for both Wednesday night kids club and Sunday school. All the teachers love it and the kids have lots of fun as well as learn a lot.