Steven Gets Motivated

Author Portrait_Steven, Sponsored Child
Naicee Martin

Program Specialist

Save the Children U.S. Programs

July 13, 2017

Steven is 9 years old and participates in our sponsorship and afterschool programs in California. Steven loves being outside and is learning to play football and soccer. He also likes going to the library and learning about different animals. Steven enjoys corresponding with his sponsor and has fun composing letters. He said that on days when he is feeling sad the letters make him smile. Steven’s older sister passed away last year so this has been an important source of support for him. He likes to learn about different places and was curious about his sponsor’s life.

9-year-old Steven participates in sponsorship and afterschool programs in California.
9-year-old Steven participates in sponsorship and afterschool programs in California.

Steven began participating in the program 2 years ago when he was struggling with reading and homework. In the past year, Steven has made great improvements in his reading skills and now enjoys reading. His self-confidence has also improved. The encouragement and support he received from Save the Children programs helped him to keep moving forward while coping with the loss of his sister.

Steven loves being outside and is learning to play football and soccer.
Steven loves being outside and is learning to play football and soccer.

Steven’s teacher shared that she has noticed that Steven is interacting more in the classroom and is able to understand more than he did at the beginning of the year. He has built strong friendships in the afterschool program that motivate him in the classroom. Steven’s other sister shared, “His self-esteem has gotten so much better. Being in the program and getting to try new things, reading new books and playing new games really makes him happy.” The sponsorship and afterschool programs have supported Steven in strengthening his reading skills and self-confidence while providing support as he dealt with a traumatic event in his life.

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Meet Mikenzie: All Smiles Because of Sponsorship!

Child Portrait_Mikenzie, Sponsored ChildRebecca Poehler

Program Operations Coordinator

Save the Children U.S. Programs

January 5, 2017

Mikenzie is a happy first grader who participates in our in-school literacy and Sponsorship programs. Mikenzie usually has a smile on her face, but when she receives a letter from her sponsor this causes an even brighter smile to appear! She loves receiving letters in the mail and keeps them in a memory box at home. The encouragement and praise she hears from her sponsor about her schoolwork has had a big impact on her confidence.

Mikenzie had some anxiety related to reading and had been diagnosed with dyslexia before participating in our literacy program. Through the in-school program, she has discovered a love of reading and now has a drive to learn new words and challenge herself. Her current favorite book is “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss, but she hopes to learn to read “big, hard books.” Mikenzie’s teacher has seen a difference in the classroom with her reading fluency and her confidence.

Mikenzie playing a math game.
Mikenzie playing a math game.
 

Mikenzie’s mom reports that Mikenzie cannot wait to get to school. She now has a love for learning that her mom has never seen before. The Save the Children program also provided much needed support when Mikenzie recently lost her grandmother, whom she was very close to. When asked what changes she’s seen in Mikenzie since she began participating in Save the Children programs, her mom says, “I never knew it was possible but she smiles more.” The Save the Children literacy and Sponsorship programs have helped Mikenzie develop a love of reading and learning, provided a strong support system and boosted her confidence.

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Sponsorship Comes Full Circle

Formerly sponsored child, Gloria
Formerly sponsored child, Gloria.

Save the Children U.S. Programs

October 12, 2016

Gloria has accomplished much in her 57 years on this earth. Born in 1959, she continues to live in the land of her birth. She has raised 2 children, and now has 4 grandchildren, 2 of whom she also raised herself, Anthony and Anfernee. The twin boys, now 19, and their successes are her greatest testament to a life well lived.

Gloria is the perfect example of Save the Children’s work coming full-circle. She was a sponsored child herself growing-up, and has many fond memories of corresponding back and forth with her sponsors. That relationship left a life-long impact on Gloria. Her sponsors’ encouragement to pursue her education led her to be one of the few in her community to go on to college.

Gloria reads a story to children during our literacy programs.
Gloria reads a story to children during our literacy programs.

Growing up in Arizona, the east coast of America might as well have been another country, but Gloria’s sponsors – a couple who sponsored her jointly – painted vivid pictures through their words in letters to her, so that she could imagine such a place. They talked about pets, school and what Gloria’s life was like with her family on the reservation.

Today, Gloria is proud to be the Save the Children Program Coordinator for one of the schools we partner with. She has over 9 years of experience in that role, and truly grasps the fundamental importance of Sponsorship programs, and their ability to enhance children’s lives.  She has also been working as the Sponsorship Liaison for 2 years, and enjoys facilitating the relationship between sponsors and children through letter correspondence, as this was the very relationship that she enjoyed so much as a child herself.

Gloria works with Sponsorship programs to help children develop a love of reading.
Gloria works with Sponsorship programs to help children develop a love of reading.

Gloria’s daughter was sponsored, as were her twin grandsons. Anthony and Anfernee participated in Save the Children literacy programs and went on to graduate high school this past year. Their success is Gloria’s success, and our success! Gloria’s personal relationship with sponsorship is so special to the rest of the U.S. Programs team, and the children we work with too – a living story of sponsorship success!

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