Kids Hope USA is a mentoring program that pairs churches with elementary schools. The first church in New York State to begin a Kids Hope USA program, we are now in our fifth year of serving the children at Van Corlaer Elementary School. Each of our mentors is supported by a prayer partner and paired with a student who has needs and challenges. During the weekly sessions, mentors and students talk together, read books, work on academics, create crafts and play games. Relationships of trust are formed and children’s scores improve and their self-respect rises.