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Thursday night youth programming gives self-confidence and opportunity to Franklinton kids.

Academic Mentoring

Academic Mentoring is our Thursday night individualized program for kids ages 6-14. It supports family strength by empowering students to grow in academic skills and knowledge, for the promotion of life-long learning and success, while equipping parents to create a good home-learning environment.

Kids Meal 

A free dinner provided after Tutoring and before Mentoring. We invite all Tutoring and Mentoring students to eat dinner with their families, mentors, and tutors—family style!


Personal Mentoring

The child (ages 6–14) and his or her Personal Mentor meet one-on-one at Lower Lights Ministries on Thursday evenings for one hour each week during the school year. Together they work hard on setting and achieving goals—and have lots of fun on "free nights" or special guest nights. Mentors don't replace parents, teachers, or counselors, but they do provide critical friendship, encouragement, and support to Franklinton kids.

Why Does Mentoring Matter?

Kids who regularly meet with an adult for a year

  • are more confident.
  • are less likely to skip school.
  • are more likely to graduate from high school.
  • have better family and peer (friend) relationships.
  • are less likely to use drugs and alcohol.


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Other Bright Kids Kids Programs Include:

Events including Breakfast with Santa and our annual Easter Egg Hunt

Bright Lights Summer Day Camp

Bright Lights Kids Current Funding Partners

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

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Siemer Family Foundation

The Reinberger Foundation

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