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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: 1,000 children through 31 clubs

Geographic areas served: Chicagoland, Rockford, Milwaukee, Louisville

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

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Previous Stories

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.