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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To mobilize God’s people to share the Good News in public schools through church-led clubs.

Target demographics: Children

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,500 children through 52 clubs

Geographic areas served: Chicagoland, Rockford, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Colorado Springs, Guadalajara, Havana, Obuasi

Programs: Crossroads Kids Club: a fun, faith-based after school program for elementary school students

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’m always amazed when I hear the wonderful stories that happen everyday at the Kid’s Clubs!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crossroads Training was energizing and so helpful. They include both the head and the heart of the ministry. They are thorough in the details of the process of starting a club and providing loving support and a wide variety of examples that have gone before in obstacles and successes. Not only that but their focus on the Gospel is central and pointing back to Jesus throughout the process provided the foundation of all they do.”

Client Served

Rating: 5

Crossroads has been a big part of my life. I heard about Crossroads when I was in middle school and needed a place where I felt like I could belong. Crossroads not only helped me to feel loved and connected to the ministry, but known and loved by God. The leaders in Crossroads helped me to find leadership gifts that God has given me and gave me opportunities to grow. Members of my family have served as volunteers, donors and even staff. I am grateful for Crossroads and excited about where God is bringing it in the future!

Sara G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is our first year working with Crossroads Kids Club. Katie, Kim, and Matt are great! They helped us set up a bilingual Club in Elgin, IL this year. Looking forward to reaching the next generation in a great, positive, and Godly way through the Word of God.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow esta fue y sigue siendo una experiencia maravillosa para mi vida y la de mi familia, he sido voluntaria en crossroads por 3 anos en la escuela mckenly en elgin, ahora este fue nuestro primer ano aqui en rockford il, estoy muy agradeciada con Dios por haberle abierto esta puerta maravillosa a crossroads kids club,para poder traer el evangelio y esperanza, a todos los ninos maravillosos de cada escuela, es una bendicion poder ser parte de crossroads y de la gente de Jesus.

Lc 18:16-17. Luke 18:16-17.
Para esto hemos sido llamados.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Crossroads for the past 4 years, and my spouse had volunteered with Crossroads for 5-6 years before I did. This is a truly wonderful organization that really loves and respects the children and the schools that they serve. It is very professionally run with the proper training and vetting of volunteers. The leaders really want the children to do well in life andto understand that they belong to something greater than themselves. I count it a privilege to serve with them. Dale Frank

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm amazed at the progress of Crossroads Kids Club. Each email update I receive that tells the latest and greatest is anticipated and I can't wait to read what's coming next. I'm amazed at what growth and impact Crossroads Kids Club has on the community, churches and schools they serve.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Crossroads Kids Club provides value based teaching in cooperation with the schools and churches within a community. It's a win, win, win situation. Children win, parents of the children win, and schools win. Because it is volunteer based and budget conscious - this organization multiplies its efforts while maintaining low costs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What will happen when a child is at a crossroads in life? How will they decide which road to take - the road that Jesus would have taken or a worldly road? I have been a volunteer leader for Crossroads Kids Club (CKC) for three years. I never realized how much kids need faith in their lives, to help them build good character, gain confidence and be prepared to make good decisions when they go out into the world on their own one day. CKC volunteers go where the kids are, in the public schools and bring the gospel to them in a way that is fun and memorable, so that when they are at that crossroads, they will take the right road!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Crossroads both as a volunteer and donor for the last 12 years. The work being done with kids who otherwise are often not connected into healthy adult relationships is amazing! I have seen the impact on some kids who have now grown into young adults and I can see how their lives have been positively impacted through this non-profit ministry. Kids are finding out that they have a Creator who made them and has a good plan for their lives. They are being shown a good roadmap for life through the Word of God and many children are being shown a new way of seeing life and purpose.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Crossroads Kids Clubs at 3 different schools over the last 9years.These clubs are such a special part of the kids week, they are taught good character and strong morals really matter and please God.And by following the bible God will bless their lives.We just connect and have fun with these kids some of whom have tough lives.





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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crossroads Kids Club is doing unique work in our community. They provide excellent coaching for churches to reach kids and parents in the public schools. They create meaningful curriculum that equip teams with all they need to create impactful clubs. I personally support Crossroads and am involved in a club at my children's school. I'm proud to be connect to Crossroads.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful ministry! A much needed program. Gods heart in action.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been donors to Crossroads Kids Club for years. We have seen young adults come to banquets and talk about how Crossroads changed their lives when they were in elementary school. They are now educated, successful, working adults--some of whom became Crossroads volunteers! Crossroads Kids Club has stood the test of time. The results are in--children's lives are changed and, as a result, the rest of their lives have been impacted for the better!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Crossroads for many years and have loved every minute of it. It is so thrilling to see children respond to the love of God and also the love of their leaders. I would strongly recommend Crossroads to any church that wants to reach children and their families.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is exactly a service to the future generation in the manner bible says: "Train children in the right way, and when old , they will not stray" (NRSV Proverb 22:6).

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Crossroads kids club has filled a void in our community. Their vision is to see children and young people make right choices for the Lord. We have been delighted with their excellent and professional way of doing things in their compassion for the children. They also have helped many churches in the community get connected with how we can help our public schools?

Elizabeth208

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Pastor, I am always looking for effective ways to reach out to our children and families in our community. Crossroads Kids Club has been an answer to our prayers! This program is a great way to reach our neighborhood kids in their public school with God's love and make an eternal impact in their lives. It also gives us an opportunity to meet and connect with their families.

Sharing bible stories, crafts, game time and snacks for 1 hour and a half every week brings hope to these children's hearts because they now know that there is someone who cares enough to tell them and show them that God loves them and that He has a great plan for their lives. The most rewarding part is that I can "see" the positive changes in these children.

There is nothing more satisfying than to know that you are part of a great ministry that "helped" a child become a "better version" of who God created them to be. As a church, we are called to go into all the world and share the gospel...what better way than to start with the children in your own local public school!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crossroads is the bridge God has given churches to reach the children in our communities with the love of God. Every church should serve their local public school in this manner.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Crossroads club in Hanover Park has third through sixth graders.
In our large group time one boy said
"Before I came to Crossroads I didn't have any friends, now I have lots of friends! Like you and you (pointing
To us). Last month he brought his brother. Kids feel secure and happy in club. They are learning to care for
others as they learn that God cares for them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have a grandson who attends the Crossroads Kids Club program in Bensenville, IL. He LOVES his weekly Wednesday afternoons with PC (Pastor Catherine) and the other volunteers from Faith Community UCC! This is his 2nd yr in Crossroads Kids Club. The CKC program is an awesome program that gives children good role models and mentors. These role models and mentors help to reassure and teach our children to be respectful, honest, kind, and caring to all people and the best part of all is... its Bible-based.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is wonderful to see the progress that Crossroads Kids Club has made over the past few years.It has been a privilege to give to Crossroads and see our money used wisely and for the Lord. We get good receipts and up date as to what is happening. The kids are so precious and we are thankful for those that work with them.
Allen & Donna Bossert
373 Kensington
Carol Stream, Ill 60188

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been the leaders of our Crossroads Kids Club at Heritage Elementary School for over 4 years and have seen such a difference in our school! From the kids all the way to the teachers, staff and even our Principal! We have so much fun and have such great leaders this year. It is truly a highlight of my week!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We serve at Heritage Elementary School and it has been fun partnering with the principal, staff and teachers to make Crossroads a huge success. It's so great to see our kids listening to what is taught and applying it to their lives! What a blessing for the kids and for the school but an even bigger blessing for us leaders! So grateful to be a part of Crossroads and I wish every school was able to support this so every student had the opportunity to attend!

Dan_95

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great cause and even greater people. An excellent opportunity to invest in our future.

Donor

Rating: 5

Crossroads has been great with their communications with clear statements as to purpose and outcomes. We'll continue to partner with them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Crossroads Kids Club has been coming to our school for several years. They make a positive impact on the students they connect with and continue to grow their influence. The staff help bridge a local church community with our school community, fostering strong, supportive relationships. We feel very fortunate to have Crossroads Kids Club at our school and are exciting about the continued growth and potential to reach more students.

Jim_160

Donor

Rating: 5

They do a great job of bringing the message of Jesus into the public schools in a way that makes it easy for the kids to relate. They show them great love and bring a sense of community to the kids. A great mix of fun and learning.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Crossroads has been doing great work in the public schools for many years. They provide a fun, safe environment for kids to learn about the love of Christ. It's a very inclusive and supportive community and has produced some amazing stories of transformation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered and worked at Crossroads Kids Club in 2008 and 2009. The leadership is extremely organized and communicative and the club is a safe place for kids to play, have fun, and learn about Jesus and the Bible.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a former board member and club leader I have seen this ministry from many different angles. A great way to describe Crossroads is to say they are smart. Their strategy, their financial plan, staffing and most importantly their relationships. This ministry will be around for a long time!

Dave97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Crossroads is phenomenal at providing kids a great alternative!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Parkwood is connect with Crossroad. They understand our students needs and support that goes beyond the classroom structure. They create opportunities and engage students, teachers, and families. They are a great example of family and community relationships.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having the blessed opportunity to build relationships with energetic boys and to disciple them in their walk with the Lord, has been rewarding, exhausting, and a joy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have just connected with Crossroads this year but have been so impressed with the program. It is very well organized but not so regimented that individual needs are overlooked. I feel blessed to be partnering with this program to help children find and follow Jesus.

Bethany22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such an incredible chance to share kindness and hope with children who come from impoverished and often forgotten communities. The volunteers are genuinely invested in these precious children and work to create an atmosphere of love and acceptance. The kids are so excited to be in Crossroads and are always disappointed when it is time to go home.

Kinsey E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent way to get kids involved in God. I volunteer Gregory elementary school on Thursdays, and I have really loved helping these kids find Jesus or even just follow him better in their own lives. One little boy had never opened a bible until he was in my small group and now we have became the the very best of friends. I cannot wait to see crossroads kids change more lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

Crossroads is the best free program for the kids I have ever encountered. I have been touched and blessed . I can not imagine my life with out crossroads. I wish they would have had this programs like crossroads when I was growing up. I know it would have made a big difference in my life. . Kids are in so much need of love and attention and the love of Jesus.
Being able to speak to kids of the unconditional love of Jesus is a blessing on its own.

Tracy107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is so true that we never know what the next day will bring. One day I was sitting in church listening our pastor talk about opportunities to serve in the community. Crossroads Kids Club (CKC), a free after-school faith-based club for elementary school children, was featured and I decided to learn more. I am now in my second year serving and feel so blessed to have the opportunity to share the Good News with the children in the under-served areas in our community. Our program has grown from three to over 50 kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade registered, and more kids want to join each week.

Save for those in Christian schools, most children in the United States build a foundation void of faith unless that faith is taught and lived at home. The CKC program, using the Bible as a base, allows children in public schools to learn positive life skills such as honesty, respect for parents, making wise choices and being trustworthy through the lessons we teach, while having a great time doing crafts and activities and playing games that reinforce the lessons.

Although we are there only one day per week during the school year, I have witnessed the powerful impact of this program on the children in the school we serve. The kids love the program so much, many have asked if they can have CKC every day after school! Two of our kids were even inspired to do an impromptu performance they came up with all on their own. They changed the lyrics to a popular song (Watch Me, Whip/Nae Nae) to make the song about Crossroads and danced while singing in front of all the other kids. Most recently, after teaching the kids about the importance of doing God's work, the kids made snack bags containing the same snack they are served, to take to a Homeless Shelter just a block away from their school. Some of these kids go without and to see them involved in helping those in even greater need in their own community is a testament to the powerful impact this program has in the communities it serves.

I believe the CKC Program is worthy of great recognition and should be honored for their commitment to helping children understand that they are special because God made them and for encouraging them to have hope in their future. The founders had a vision and the leaders in the program are living examples of answering God's call to service.

Bernard B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The reach of Crossroads continues growing beyond the local community. School leaders appreciate the help they receive from the volunteers that come weekly to spread love and care to many kids who get very little at home. Being able to share God's truths with them has been a blessing for all of us.

Donor

Rating: 5

lets face it...School IS Pressure. especially grade school, where so many negative influences can come from so many sources. Thank-goodness for CROSSROADS, where kids can be kids, while learning of the love of God. Hopefully, these kids will realize, more fully, how precious and important they are. Steve Zoller.

Linda377

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crossroads Kids Club is an organization that cares deeply about children. Everything within the club is designed to benefit and support the children that attend. From fun games, to relevant stories that teach them how to navigate the challenges that children are faced with daily. At these clubs they have a place to feel safe, loved, and are encouraged to believe that they can achieve their dreams. I have loved the privilege of being able to be a part of the children's lives at Crossroads Kids Club. The training and support that I have received from the Crossroads leadership has been so beneficial to me as a volunteer. If you are looking for a way to make a tangible difference in children's lives, I would highly recommend becoming a volunteer with this amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of volunteering with Crossroads for the past year and could not be more pleased with the contribution the program is making in the lives of our participants. They're growing spiritually, emotionally and physically. The program is providing them with an outlet to learn and grow and making a difference for the future generations of our society.

Haley10

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering with this group for about a year. It is great way to get kids involved in with Christ. My husband and I really enjoy the curriculum. It can be applied to a range of ages. SO we are not talking over the younger kids or below the older. It has been a very rewarding year of volunteer work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

1st Class! If you have an interest in reaching your community, Crossroads Kids Club is it! Every church should be involved in our public schools and Crossroads equips you to do just that. Last Monday we had 90 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders in our club learning about what it really means to follow Jesus. It is awesome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our church, Faith Community UCC ofBensenville, wanted to reach out in support to the families of Bensenville but were having trouble engaging them. We heard of CKC, worked with Matt Armatrong, and were excited to start a club. Now we are meeting with 3rd - 5th graders weekly and experiencing God's joy through our relationships. What an answer to our prayers!
Rev Catherine Balk

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our new Crossroads for kids club began 3 weeks ago. As a volunteer I was offered training, which I did participate in. Our club is very well supported with materials to use and ideas for each weekly session. We are spreading the good words of Jesus Christ to all who want to hear and learn. This is a wonderful opportunity for elementary school students to learn about the love of God after school, but in school. I am thrilled to be able to be a part of this noble endeavor. The students are relaxed and happy and ready to discuss their daily lives and how they can live as Christians, which can only make their lives and community better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Crossroads is an answer to prayer. Our church was looking for a way to impact our immediate neighborhood with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Crossroads has provided us with the scaffolding to do weekly after school Bible clubs in the public school right down the street from us. Crossroads provides the training, curriculum, support, and covers the majority of the expenses. This is a win/win for us, and is helping us fulfill our part of the Great Commission.
Pastor Larry Sauter, New Life Covenant, Elgin
Highland Crossroads Club Coordinator

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I just moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where he is pastoring a church that meets in a hotel owned by Wayside Christian Mission. One of the ministries it provides is to house families who need a home or are recovering from an addiction. Those families have children. It is those children we seek to serve on a Tuesday evening through Crossroads Kid's Club. These kids celebrate when they are about to move into a "real home", while others have been there for a year or more. For an adult, this would be hard. For a child, it's a burden that is more than they can handle. When the kids come in the chapel area to join us, they are excited that people have come to be with them. They listen to the a Bible stories, and as a question pops up, their little personalities start to ooze out! The child who introduced himself two weeks before as "I'm mad and my brothers are people I just want to hit," was this week the child asking,"Who is God? Where did He come from?"
Thank you to Crossroads for the truth so easily spoken to "the little ones" and to us!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first year volunteering to serve Christ thru Crossroads Kids Club at Parkwood Elementary School in Hanover Park, IL and I am amazed at the quality of training and attention to details that CKC is providing. I attended a Team Leaders Training on Aug 27 and their 2015 Fall Conference on Aug 28 and received excellent tools, support, and training to equip us to deliver the Gospel to kids in a fun and educational manner. Can't wait to get started reaching kids with Christ in their public school this 2015-16 school year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is now my third year heading up a Kids Club. This is such a phenomenal opportunity for us to reach out into our local school and to share the good news of Jesus Christ at the same time. Every church should look into a partnership like Crossroads.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in CKC for about 7 years and have always loved the training, support and insight they provide to us when working with our club. The tools and resources are excellent, the staff team is very involved and helpful and the experience is awesome. Each school year, one of the highlights of my week every week is seeing the kids at my club and getting to be a part of their lives. Sometimes it feels like a big time commitment, but it always proves to be SO WORTH IT. If you're considering starting a club or volunteering with your church, just do it. The kids will give you so much more than you ever give them.