The Jonathan Effect: Helping Kids and Schools Win the Battle Against Poverty
:America may be called the "land of opportunity," but countless kids and teens are struggling like young Davids in the urban wilderness, attempting to fight the giant of poverty under insurmountable odds. What could make a difference? The presence of...
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:America may be called the "land of opportunity," but countless kids and teens are struggling like young Davids in the urban wilderness, attempting to fight the giant of poverty under insurmountable odds. What could make a difference? The presence of a "Jonathan" in their lives to offer them the life-giving support they need to survive and thrive.The church is the best source of these Jonathans, as they partner with local schools and provide struggling youth with the relational connections that can help them overcome their circumstances. It's a strategy that works, as author Mike Tenbusch demonstrates through his own inspiring story. A Detroit native and longtime advocate for youth education, he brings you into the classrooms of the toughest schools in America so you can see firsthand the hardships of surviving as a child in these settings. And he introduces you to many real-life Jonathans who are making a tangible difference. The need is tremendous. If you have ever wondered how you, your company, or your church can be a part of the solution to the challenge of extreme poverty, this book will inspire you to take action. By coming alongside our nation's most vulnerable young people, you will help unleash the Jonathan Effect that will turn the tide in the battle against poverty.
Mike Tenbusch (JD, University of Michigan) is CEO of Uncommon Solutions, a consulting company dedicated to helping schools, churches and impact organizations create lasting change in America's cities. With more than twenty years of experience leading change in Detroit, he was chief impact officer for United Way in Southeastern Michigan, where he led efforts to improve graduation rates and oversaw United Way's progress on each of its community impact goals.Named one of Crain's 40 under 40 in 2008, Tenbusch also co-founded Think Detroit (now Detroit PAL), a nonprofit organization to build character in Detroit children through sports and leadership development.
- :preface1. Alone In The Wilderness2. The Jonathan Commitment3. The Church Awakening4. Starting Steps For Building Church-school Partnerships5. How You Can Change A Life6. The Plan In Action7. What To Watch Out For8. Pushing Throughepilogueacknowledgmentsnotes