Novo Ministries exists to break cycles of destruction, hopelessness,
and purposelessness through the creation and cultivation of life-changing
mentoring relationships with inner-city boys and girls.
Our programs will provide inner-city children with the opportunity to be consistently mentored, taught character, encouraged to reach their full potential, and given a safe, fun, and healthy environment. Our extensive outcome measurement processes will demonstrate that children's behavior, choices, and attitudes are changed after being in one of our programs. As a result, we will see communities restored, statistics reversed, and lives forever changed.
We accept checks, credit cards, and in-kind donations.
Donations can be made by phone, website, mail, in person, or through our mobile site.
We also need volunteers to serve in our after-school programs as mentors and tutors, as office volunteers, or with other responsibilities as volunteers' skills and interests allow.
After five years of volunteer
work in the Oklahoma City public schools, Novo’s founder, Valerie Sherrer,
witnessed firsthand the real and acute needs of inner-city children. They
experienced a lack of many key resources—food, clothes, money, role models, and
love. Many of them were making bad choices and laying the groundwork for
failure in life. She believed that it was necessary to intervene drastically and
offer them hope, vision, and a sense of purpose for their lives.
In 2003, prior to incorporation, Novo Ministriesʼ founder and a team of passionate
individuals conducted after-school programs with the desire to influence the
moral and spiritual fiber of the inner city. That fall, about 20 individuals
conducted programs at 3 pilot sites. Over the past 8 school years,
incorporation, experience, and incredible growth have helped establish the
influence and impact of Novo Ministries in Oklahoma City. We have become not
only an organization that facilitates quality programming for inner-city
children, but also a resource and tool for other churches and organizations
working in the inner city.
Novo Urban Awareness Training Sessions ($500 a session or $25,000 for full project)
We want to put our training sessions in video format to make them more easily accessible for Novo volunteers and Partners.
Fund Expansion: Site Coordinators ($7,500 per site)
Healthy Snacks (in-kind, gift cards, or any amount up to $5,000 for each site)
As part of an internal healthy kids initiative, we are seeking to improve our snacks and ensure compliance with best practices and dietary recommendations. (A detailed plan for these changes is available.) Taking these steps towards the health of the children enrolled in our programs will result in a projected tripling our snack expenditures; funding is needed to make the changes proposed.
Office Supplies (in-kind, gift cards, or any amount
up to $5,000 total)
Craft and School Supplies (in-kind, gift cards, or any amount up to $5,000 total)
At Novo, we encounter heartache, despair, and purposelessness everyday. We see broken families, shattered dreams, and hopeless lives. There are days when we look at the challenges and devastation that characterize so many of these communities and change seems impossible. Their realities seem beyond our ability to change.
But these realities can be changed. A difference can be made. We can introduce these children to faithful, caring mentors who will love them, teach them, and guide them in realizing their full potential and achieving the purpose for which they were created.
There are hundreds and thousands of inner-city boys and girls around Oklahoma City whose lives have been touched by those who embrace the mission and vision of Novo - our volunteers, staff, and partners. We are connecting the faith community to inner-city children and facilitating training for committed, passionate individuals to develop purposeful relationships with these children. They learn to invest in the hearts, minds, and lives of inner-city children and their families, introducing boys and girls to life-changing teaching and modeling a life that reflects hope, love, and a sense of purpose.
This was our vision when this work started in the fall of 2003, when we incorporated in 2005, and today as we have mobilized over 300 volunteers to impact thousands of children in our city. Thank you for caring enough about these boys and girls that you would choose to get involved in Novo.
We need you. They need you.
Hope for the boys and girls,
Executive Director and Founder, Novo Ministries
As both a former principal of a local elementary school and the chairman of the Novo Ministries Board of Directors, I want to strongly encourage you to consider supporting this fine organization. Novo Ministries is a local, non-profit organization committed to making a difference in the lives of inner-city boys and girls. Our mission is accomplished through connecting caring, passionate individuals with at-risk, under-served children through weekly after-school programs.
I have known and worked with Valerie Sherrer, Founder, for more than 11 years. She is an amazing person who has demonstrated a willingness to do whatever it takes to impact these needy children. Valerie and Jay are both dedicated to mobilizing like-minded individuals to provide healthy, positive role models and much needed mentoring.
Weekly, a Novo Ministries' team came to my school, Tulakes Elementary, and led an after-school program during my tenure there. Frequently, more than 100 children were in attendance. Many of the children who came to the program had challenges in their life and home including everything from sibling gang involvement, substance abuse, academic struggles, criminal activity, poor housing options, teen pregnancy, to incarcerated parents and more. When I served as principal, I was always looking for programs that promoted healthy behavior, positive character development, and good life choices. Novo Ministries gave these children the opportunity to interact with adults who love them and mentor them to success in life.
I hear the statistics and know the facts concerning our inner-city communities. I saw the realities and the product of this culture every day at my school. We need the support and resources necessary to counteract the negative influences and positively impact our inner city. I would like to ask you to consider supporting this vital work here in the inner city of Oklahoma City.
Former Principal, Tulakes Elementary
Chairman, Novo Ministries' Board of Directors
Participant Assessment of Usefulness of Information
· Because of partnership with Novo, 93% of partners say they know more about how to work with the inner city.
· Because of partnership with Novo, 93% of partners say they are more successful in reaching outreach goals.
· Because of partnership with Novo, 86% of partners say they are more effective in the inner city.
· Because of partnership with Novo, 87% of partners say they made new and beneficial contacts.
· Because of partnership with Novo, 74% of partners say they are more active in the inner city.
· 100% of respondents said they would be involved with Novo Ministries again.
· 96% of children feel safe at Novo Ministries’ programs
· 92% recognize that there is structure in programming.
· 86% know they are held accountable for their actions at programming.
· 95% of the children feel they have someone at Novo Ministries’ programs they could talk to if they had a problem or needed help and advice.
· 91% of the children definitely want to graduate from high school.
· 75% of the children said they want to go to college.
· 77.6% of the young boys said, “When I’m an adult male, I want to be a dad.”
· 64.6% of the young boys said, “When I’m an adult male, I want to be a husband.”
· 80.7% of the young boys said, “When I’m an adult male, I want to have a job.”
· 80.5% of the young girls said, “When I’m an adult female, I want to be a mom.”
· 65.2% of the young girls said, “When I’m an adult female, I want to be a wife.”
· 88.1% of the young girls said, “When I’m an adult female, I want to have a job.”
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