“For as the soil makes the sprout come up and as a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.”  Isaiah 61:11

About Firm Foundation

In 1993, New City Fellowship of St. Louis (NCF) saw the pressing need to build relationships with the many children who lived in the West End neighborhood of St. Louis City. It also became evident that many of these children needed help with their homework. In response, NCF began an after-school tutoring program for children in grades K-6.

Since then we have expanded to include middle school and high school students as well as immigrant and refugee students in the South St. Louis City area. We also offer a 5-week Summer Enrichment Program.

The primary goal of the Firm Foundation Tutoring Program is to build relationships with the children and show them the love of Christ. Children work one-on-one with volunteer tutors, receiving help with their homework and having a time of devotions. Students who do not bring homework are able to participate in other fun academic activities such as playing games, reading books, and writing stories.

The name “Firm Foundation” emphasizes the good academic foundation that children in our society need to be able to function well in our culture. Many of the children we help are not able to receive that foundation at school or home. The name also emphasizes the more important foundation we have in Jesus Christ who alone is the only sure foundation on which to build a life that is truly pleasing to God.

So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.” -Isaiah 28:16

Vision Statement

  • We envision academically at-risk children and youth from our community serving more productively in our culture, in part, because they’ve received academic assistance and have come to know the love of God through caring, mutually beneficial relationships facilitated by the Firm Foundation Tutoring Program.

Mission Statement

  • Firm Foundation Tutoring, a Christ-centered academic assistance program, teams a diverse group of volunteer tutors with at-risk children and youth in after-school tutoring and summer enrichment programs.

We are currently accepting applications for volunteers for our after school programs in the West End of St. Louis City and South St. Louis City. Each volunteer would tutor and mentor a child for 1-1/2 hours a week.

We have two locations for our after school program.  New tutor orientation will be the week of August 28th with tutoring beginning on Tuesday, September 5th.

West End 1142 Hodiamont Ave. 63112
Session 1: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Session 2: Tuesdays, Thursdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.
South City 3502 Grace Ave., 63116
Monday, Wednesday 5:30-7:00; Tuesday, Thursday 4:00-5:30.

Questions?  Contact Laurie Jones at 314-726-2302 ext. 233 or laurie@ncfstl.org

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