Who are we?
We are a faith-based organization birthed out of The Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg, Pa. A diverse group of men who come together to commit our time, talent and treasure to help engage, encourage and enhance the lives of the young men in our church and community. E.N.H.A.N.C.E. stands for Empowering Neighborhoods, Homes & Attitudes by Nurturing Character and Education. While we understand the importance of mentorship and building healthy relationships with all young people, this group is focused on young men between the ages of 6 and 12.
What do we do?
Mentoring is a proven strategy that can help young men of all circumstances achieve their God-given potential. We as Mentors are caring men in varying stages of adulthood who along with parents, guardians, teachers, coaches and the like provide these young men with guidance, support, and an improved self-efficacy with introspective and intentional examples of authentic and Godly manhood. We are very much aware that every child requires something different to help encourage them to accomplish amazing things. For this reason, we provide Traditional, Group, Team and Peer mentorship. We desire to maintain a consistent presence in the scholar’s (Mentee’s) life. Focus on their needs for fun, guidance, education, spiritual growth, social activity, and life skills. We are not substitutes for a healthy family structure, therefore, we desire to get to know the families of the young men we are working with. We also engage in 3 pre-scheduled community service events per active session period.
What do we believe?
We believe that Jesus is the most transformative figure to ever walk this earth. We believe that Jesus Christ is God made flesh, fully God and fully man. We believe that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit make one God in three persons. We believe the Bible is the inerrant and inspired word of God. We believe that Jesus is the Son of God. We believe in the fall of man and the redemption through Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and that He was buried in a grave and arose on the third day and now sits at the right hand of the Father.
We believe that a father is paramount in the life of every young man. Father’s contribute to so much of how young men see the world. It is from our father’s we learn how to treat and view women, raise families, discover strengths, handle weaknesses, gain identity and develop and master necessary life skills. We are aware of the disparaging amount of fatherless homes in our community and the void it has caused on many generations. We believe the first step in repairing a broken and burdened community is in repairing the broken and burden man. We aim to enhance these young men’s lives so that they would become the change that is so desperately needed. We are faith-based and have 7 pillars that accompany our Faith that we model and impress upon the scholars; Respect, Brotherhood, Scholarship, Character, Integrity, Responsibility, and Compassion.
When do we meet?
Our active session is from September to June.
A summer trip is planned and organized in concordance with parent participation.
We meet every Tuesday from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm at The Greater Zion Baptist Church, 212 N Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA. Unless designated for a trip, communicated in advance or inclement weather.
On the 3rd Tuesday of every month, we will participate in Physical enrichment. Please have your young men prepared for physical activity.
We ask the parents to join our scholars on quarterly bases to encourage open communication and awareness.
What does it cost?
We ask for $25 per scholar at the start of our active period to help with the shirt the scholar will be given to wear when we meet.
If for any reason $25 is a hardship for you, do not be discouraged. It is likely a scholarship could be granted to help your scholar take part in this program. Please see Min. Trey DuPont at TDuPont@greaterzionbaptist.org.
What do we wear?
Once shirts are given each scholar is expected to wear every time the E.N.H.A.N.C.E. Mentor Group meets for any reason. (i.e., Field trips, Tuesday Sessions, or Community Service.)
How can we help?
Whether a parent, friend or supporter of the program we first and foremost solicit your prayers as we need God to help us as we seek to enhance the lives of the scholars in this program. We do want this program to be impactful and to grow and are open to ideas and suggestions.
As a man, If you would like to volunteer your time see Min. Trey DuPont or Bro. Jason Hill. Please understand that all volunteers are screened, prayerful considered and must complete State, Federal and The Churches requirements to work with youth.
Ladies, We have plenty you could help us with also. If you are interested please see Min. Trey DuPont or, Bro. Jason Hill.