FOUR12: Making an Impact on Mercy Drive
This past August, FOUR12, First Pres' student mentoring ministry, moved into the Northwest Community Center in the heart of the Mercy Drive Community. Since moving in, we've benefited greatly from being in the neighborhood we serve: our central location makes us far more accessible to both students and parents. In fact, we have seen more parental involvement in seven months than we’ve had in seven years, combined! Our students also have access to more amenities (gym, computer lab, & outdoor space) than ever before. We are grateful to the City of Orlando and the Northwest Community Center staff for such an amazing collaboration!
PRAY. We have seen the power of prayer throughout our transition to Mercy Drive. Join with us in prayer each day for the vision and mission of the ministry; for our students, their families and the community; our leadership, volunteers, and board members.
GIVE. As a mission partner of First Pres, approximately 60% of our budget comes from outside funding, which means we raise over $70,000 a year. The per capita income in the Mercy Drive Community is less than $10,000 per year. 40% of residents have only a high school diploma, and just 5% have a Bachelor’s degree. Sponsoring a student has a direct impact, giving them access to daily programming with trained staff, healthy snacks, tutoring, mentoring, retreats and camps.
SERVE. Our students need caring adults to help them navigate and succeed. You can volunteer with us, any afternoon from 4-6pm. You can mentor weekly, serve as a guest speaker, or host a career exploration field trip. Just join in.
SUPPORT. You can help support FOUR12 at our 3rd Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner. Get your tickets to this culinary event, which takes place April 28 at the Country Club of Orlando. Enjoy extraordinary food and party with a purpose.
Jenny Arrison is the tireless Director of FOUR12 and loves to share about her experiences empowering students. Learn more at myfour12.com or get involved by calling Jenny at 407.716.6388.