In 2010, the University of Texas-San Antonio's mentoring expert Dr. Michael Karcher invited Boy With a Ball to team with him in implementing a cross age mentoring program designed by him. The program was named Velocity and launched in January of 2011 with 34 high school mentors meeting with their middle school mentees in weekly afterschool sessions at the high school. Over the past nine years, Velocity has grown across the U.S. and the world with the same life changing impact on both the mentors, the mentees and their families, who are invited into the program in quarterly Super Saturdays and periodic family engagement visits. Velocity utilizes developmental mentoring relationships that increase the mentors, mentees and their families' connectedness to family, their school, to their community and to a positive vision for their future. Velocity is built around a published program manual, training manual and curriculum written by Dr. Karcher. The program is listed on the Department of Justice's list of promising practices and is strengthened by Dr. Karcher's support of program monitoring and evaluation.
Located in one of the most diverse counties in the country, Velocity Berkmar is our biggest Velocity program and a vibrant part of our work in Atlanta.
In the Southside of San Antonio, Velocity Harlandale is our original mentoring program and has grown into other schools across the area.
Our first international implementation, Velocity Kenya is located in multiple sites across the country.
How can it be that we are all so busy and yet, very often, so equally empty? Our obsession with work leads to us being glued to our couches and televisions sets in search of recreation, leaving us disconnected from real relationships and further and further away from realizing our dreams. With each passing week and year, our hearts yearn more and more to actually live real lives that make a difference rather than watching them on Netflix. Whether you are a young person, a business person or a leader within a church, Love Your City is both an invitation and a bridge into laying down the remote control and becoming the kind of person that other people watch movies about. Here are some of the ways that you can walk into your place within Love Your City: