In collaboration with Children’s Defense Fund, Grace UMCLA sponsored a program for boys and girls entering 6th grade that focused on reading books about important historical figures in African-American history.

The goal of the program was to build self-esteem, intellectual curiosity, love of learning and group engagement skills. Young adult college students and graduates were employed as “servant leaders” to lead games, songs and activities. Church members and community leaders volunteered to read aloud to the group on a daily basis. At the conclusion of the program, each child received a personal library and attended a culmination activity at a local bookstore where the pastor of  Grace UMCLA, the Reverend Paul Hill, recognized the children, servant leaders, and parent volunteers. This event was funded by the Grace Community Outreach Foundation.