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leadership (after school) program applications

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If you want to enroll your child in CGM's new after-school program, the Leadership Program, you can stop by the main office Monday, August 14th through Friday, August 18th to pick up an application. Both the priority list (returning students) and secondary list (students that live in our zone of operation) for students is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The name "Leadership Program" is not a name change only from the former After School Program, as there have been several changes. A mandatory meeting for parents of students accepted into the program will be held at CGM's main building (1516 Mobile Road) on August 25th at 6:00 PM - failure to attend will result in your child's application being withdrawn.

For a PDF version of the application, or to start an online reservation (which is a partial application that time stamps your start of the application process) visit the program page: http://cgm.life/leadership-program/

on "the children network"

BY KEN AUSTIN

This new school semester working at Common Ground Montgomery has been the best, by far. And not only in working at CGM, but in being around the new school, Valiant Cross. I have been teaching for years that King David, in Psalm 100, was telling us to find out what noises the Lord likes to hear and then to make them. I believe that we are on God's favorite station now: "The Children Network." 

I get to see the answer to many, many years of prayers now being fulfilled in the Washington Park Community. I get a chance every day to hear joyful noises out of the mouths of babes. I hear generational curses being broken through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

I see young men unraveling potential they didn't know they had through math and science. I see books and reading becoming their friends and companions transporting them into places they only dreamed about, far beyond the destructive influences of their physical realities. I see Technology being used by them instead of using them. Instead of technology paralyzing them, I see it motivating and causing them to reach for new heights. 

I hear chains falling from the future of a new generation of men. I hear the sound of freedom coming, and it is a page turning in the after school tutoring program. I see fallow ground being broken up and walls being broken down by love, kindness and accountability. 

I get a chance to see hope in its infancy.  

I watch it being planted. 

I see every day what faith truly is. I see that faith is the ingredients or substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I see young scholars with hope in their hearts for things they have never seen before, now with the ingredients they believe will make those things come to pass. I see boys wanting to become men, and I mean God fearing men that will raise their sons, protect their daughters, love their wives, and provide for their families. 
The noise I hear is not the old neighborhood train of drug dealers, high school dropouts, gangbangers and fatherless homes,  but it is the noise of men coming up who will take  lead and not follow the crowd but change their surroundings. 

I believe dreams come from the work you do. I can see after a hard day's work at Valiant Cross Academy that young boys' dreams are changing.  

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" is the new dream. 

I see a new brotherhood being formed that neither heights nor depths, pride nor selfish gain will break. 

"Who's got your back? I got your back I got your back, Bro!" 

I hear a new sound: "Excuses! No, we don't make those."  

"Work: anything worth having is worth working for."

Valiant Cross Academy is a place where young men will Rise Above!

the next steps

BY CHAQUANA TOWNSEND

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

As we are almost one month into the 2015-2016 school year at Common Ground Montgomery, one thing remains true across the board: We need the Lord's help as we prayerfully consider, ponder, and talk through the future of the lower school students in our After School Program. We need help as we continue to focus on structure and discipline and more academics.

I love to brag about the children we serve because they are truly a blessing to this ministry. The Lord sends us some of the most amazing little people on the planet and we want to steward these precious gifts well. With that being said, we want to run the After School Program for the glory of God; we want to encourage our children to take education serious because education is truly a gift from the Lord.

God has created us in His image to reflect how amazing and creative He truly is. Moreover, since we are made is His image, we are creative and amazing as well. It is through our education and learning that we get to see what we are good at and we want the children to tap into who God created them to be so they can flourish in a world that so often can tear them down.

As program staff at CGM, we are serious about aiding the Montgomery Public Schools in their journey to educate our future leaders. At the After School Program we have extended homework time. We shamelessly use reading and math aids from the Montgomery Public School pacing guide and edhelper.com to help our children grow in their learning.

Please pray for us as we seek to better our After School Program. More than our children having fun, we want to them to love learning and excel in it. May God grant us the strength and wisdom to love them well and push them to be the best they can be!

We are some of their biggest fans, and we will continue to persevere on their behalf because by doing so, we bring so much glory to God!