Side by Side Kids - End of Year 2014

Side by Side Kids - End of Year 2014

From Sly Guzman

Would you help our faith-based afterschool program continue to serve kids in of one of Austin’s toughest, poorest neighborhoods? Your gift can make a difference in the life of a child! View our "Hero" video to learn m...

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Dear Friend of Side by Side Kids,  

As the end of 2014 quickly approaches, we’re reminded of the countless blessings we’ve received throughout the year. During the 2013-2014 school year, Side by Side Kids (SBSK) served 122 students at two elementary schools.  An overwhelming majority—97%—fall into the category of economically disadvantaged.  For these students, it means that they are full of hope for a brighter future.  It’s long been said that a child raised in a safe and caring environment has a greater chance of succeeding in school, and of one day exiting poverty into a life of economic stability.  Investing in our children today is a gift that will build a better future for us all.

For the past 6 years, SBSK has continued to meet the needs of the elementary students and their families living in the St. Johns Community. The SBSK afterschool program provides a multitude of supports, from homework help to learning about Jesus Christ.  Our students are learning daily, and 95% are advancing to the next grade.  According to our partners (Teachers) at the Austin Independent School District, our students became more interested in reading (85%) and more willing to learn throughout the year (86%).  Equally, the students’ parents report that Side by Side Kids helped influenced their family’s spirituality (96%) and their children’s respectfulness of themselves and others (95%).

I personally want to thank them, and you, for believing in and supporting our cause—the children of St. Johns!

In addition, we are proud of the work of our staff and countless volunteers that help lift on behalf of the less fortunate.   As we prepare for a new year, we remain more committed than ever to bringing more children to Christ.  Thanks to your support, we will continue to offer our services free-of-charge to those children who need our help. 

How can you continue to make a difference in the life of a child? 

  • Please view Our Hero Video, featuring Chelsey, and plan on making tax-deductible gift today.  
  • Check out our volunteer opportunities or sign up to serve today by visiting 
  • Contact SBSK at (512) 371-9393 and ask how else you can help.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share our YouTube videos with others.  

Thank you in advance for your gifts; your support helps us focus on Encouraging Hearts & Inspiring Minds!   

In Him,

Sly Guzman, Executive Director

Side by Side Kids 

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