The following recap was sent in by Bob Anderson CEO/Director of Slingshots. For more pictures from the event, check out our Facebook Album 2019May08 – Slingshots.
On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Food For Friends sponsored its first meal for the Slingshots Teen Center in Chicago!!
This event benefited Chicago teenagers in the Slingshots and the AWANA programs. Both of these programs are designed to reach teens in Chicago. See more about the Slingshots and AWANA programs below.
We had about 65 teens show up for the Slingshots event. During the event, the kids played games, networked, had a lesson and enjoyed the food. All those who attended the event were treated to a Nacho Bar experience with all the fixings along with soda for everyone.
Thanks to Food For Friends for supplying the food. Thanks also to Food For Friends volunteers, Barb Gaona, Laura Zalloni, and Marty Sanderson, who served the meal.
Thanks also to our own Rob Downs (who leads the culinary arts program for Slingshots) for taking the lead on feeding our teens during our weekly Wednesday events.
We greatly appreciate Food For Friends for sponsoring this event and thank you to all that participated in making this a successful event.
CEO/Director of Slingshots
and Pastor North Side Gospel Center
About SlingShots: Slingshots is a 501c3 that was started in 2014. They have reached almost 3,000 Chicago teens since its inception. Slingshots focuses on Chicago kids in the 6th – 12th grades. Slingshots has four pillars in which they help mentor teens: 1. Education, 2. Vocational training (carpentry, culinary arts), 3. Emotional support (helping teens navigate the teen years), 4. Spiritual guidance. You can learn more about Slingshots at www.slingshotschicago.com.
About AWANA: Most of the kids that participate in Slingshots also partake in the AWANA program of the North Side Gospel Center (NSGC). AWANA is a program that runs from September to May and is designed to reach boys and girls for Christ. The NSGC teaches the Bible, small group time, games and Bible memory. The AWANA program started at the NSGC in 1950 and is still going strong all around the world. You can learn more about AWANA at www.awana.org