Services for Children and Youth
After School Programs
Students receive help with their homework each week during the school year. 3,800 students in 40+ locations across our community took advantage of this homework help last year. A little extra help with school goes a long way to helping a child succeed in life. Mission Arlington® after-school programs happen every day after school, based upon the availability of volunteers.
Mission Arlington® works with managers of apartment communities, police and fire departments, and other civic and community organizations to host carnivals for children and teenagers. Popcorn, snow cones and the Mission Arlington® “bouncy house” are just a few of the ways to bring smiles to the faces of children and adults alike.
A college fund has been established for Mission Arlington® youth. The interest earned from this fund is used each year to help students with some of the costs associated with starting college. Scholarship recipients regularly attend Mission Arlington® Bible studies and are referred by our Bible study leaders.
Each year during spring and summer, children and teenagers learn about the love of God through Mission Arlington’s Rainbow Express – our version of “Backyard Bible Club.” Puppets, Bible stories, crafts, games and snacks combined with a lot of hugs, form the basis of our program.
Last year, Mission Arlington® hosted Rainbow Express® in over 396 locations across our community. Learn how you can become a part of this wonderful ministry.
Starting school with the basic essentials such as paper, pencils, rulers and more is important to the success of students. Each summer, Mission Arlington® partners with the community to provide the basic start-up school supplies required by the Arlington Independent School District for families who do not have the means to purchase these items for their children. To help the youth of our community receive a head start, you can drop off needed supplies Monday through Saturday, 7am to 7 pm or Sundays from 7am to 3:30pm at the Mission offices. To download and print a copy, click here!
Mission Arlington® has two facilities dedicated to youth ministries including game rooms, sports fields and a gymnasium. Sports encourages exercise, discipline, teamwork, and in Mission Arlington’s case, spiritual growth.
- Gym Nights – Children & youth gather in a central Arlington gym on two separate Friday nights during the school year for basketball, table games, and an age-appropriate lesson from God’s Word. Transportation is provided to and from the event.
- Basketball Leagues – On Saturdays in February and March, the Mission offers basketball leagues for children and youth.
- Wrestling Leagues: In recent years we have also added a wrestling league in the Fall and Winter, and baseball leagues in the Spring and Fall. For more information about our sports ministry, click here.
Mission Arlington®hosts 7 different camps for 3 different age groups during the month of July. Our preschool events, affectionately called “Kiddie Camps,” are for Kindergarteners through the 3rd grade and happen on 3 separate Tuesday nights in July. Camps for 4th – 6th graders, and for youth happen on 4 separate Saturdays in July. The children and youth camps are all-day events, hosted by our friends at Camp Thurman in Pantego. These camps involve zip lines, climbing activities, outdoor games, swimming, and Bible study. 1,300 children attended a camp with us in 2016.
In partnership with the Arlington Independent School District, Mission Arlington® assists children safely to and from school who are not within the school district’s bus routes, but still would have to cross dangerous intersections.
Thank you for all you do to help us support the children and youth of our community.