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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 4,000 children in our programs and the programs of our partners! We have established partnerships with more than 50 local churches and organizations. We have 375 volunteers that either give time at our office to prepare supplies or are involved in Novo programs in the lives of boys and girls. Last year we developed 36 lessons of curriculum and surpassed 11,000 downloads of curriculum and resources - all for free! Our HOPEBuilder (monthly donor) program grew to over 100 individuals who give on a monthly recurring basis and therefore every donation they give is matched!

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 700 children in Novo programs and over 3,300 children 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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first drawn to NOVO Ministries because of their organization, training, and love for children. As a volunteer, it is so nice to show up at the site location, and have all the supplies we need to teach a small group, large group, and have snacks! Week after week, crafts, are precut, and organized, with a picture to copy, all tucked in a plastic tub ready to enhance the bible story of the day. NOVO "spoils" their volunteers! The Best part of NOVO are the hugs from children who may only receive hugs once a week from their NOVO Bible Club teacher. Partnering with NOVO to share God's love to children is a blessing to me!

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!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NOVO has such a heart for these kids and families who are so vulnerable. It's such a privilege to be a part of this organization, and part of these kids' lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non profit truly has a heart for kids. They care deeply about their future and work hard to provide positive role models. The kids really enjoy Bible club and look forward to coming every week. We enjoy seeing them each week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo is an amazing ministry that truly meets the needs of children in OKlahoma City. I love seeing the enthusiasm on the kids faces as they're walking into Bible Club each week. Novo is transforming kids lives.

gtaylor16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my second year to work as a Novo volunteer. At first, I volunteered to help the kids in the program. It's different now. I get so much from hanging around these kids. They alway have me laughing, or sometimes crying.

I've learned more from the kids than I ever thought I could. None of this would be possible with ought the opportunity to be around these kids through Novo.

Clayton M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization all around. I volunteered there for years and Novo has seriously impacted my life and the lives of hundreds of children.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was able to volunteer for Novo about 5 years ago. I helped with a Bible club in west OKC. The training I received by the staff at Novo helped me feel confident to share the gospel with kids in a way that was thorough but also easy to understand. I am thankful for the experience I have had with Novo.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Novo ministries is making a difference in the lives of inner city children and families! I volunteer at one of their bible clubs located in a section 8 apartment complex, which meets one night every week. The curriculum is easy to follow and the children have fun while learning foundational truths from the Bible. A mentoring relationship is built between leaders and children, giving them someone to talk to in a safe loving environment. The Novo employees are extremely helpful and obviously care about these children and love the Lord! I would highly recommend getting involved with this organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All things are done with excellence and hard work. The workers and volunteers are held to a high standard, and they work really hard to serve inner city kids and their families. The training is thorough, and the workers try to hard to reach places other people don't want to go so that no one is left behind.