Helping Hands aid Christian youth center

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Mammoth Christian Youth Center gets a facelift thanks to some volunteers and the kids who use the center.

John Hernandez | Miner

San Manuel Miner

Last Saturday, March 22, a large group of kids and adults were lending a helping hand to Jesse Walker and the Mammoth Christian Youth Center. The group of volunteers included 16 kids and three adults from Bailey, Colorado Crow Hill Bible Church. They had come to Arizona to serve the New Life Bible Fellowship “Helping Hands Ministry” out of Tucson. Volunteers from New Life and the Tri-Community pitched in to help with yard work, minor repairs and painting at the Mammoth Christian Youth Center.

The Mammoth Christian Youth Center works with youth 12-18 years old in Mammoth and San Manuel. They offer free van transportation for kids in San Manuel. It is a non-denominational Christian youth group but even kids with no religious background can participate in their programs. “Sharing my faith is important to me,” said Jesse Walker who runs the youth center. “We do a lot of practical things in the community,” such as helping families in need of clothing or food, family counseling, and teaching kids life skills. “Kids get in trouble when they are not moving forward with life skills such as education, driving, work ethic, etc.,” said Jesse. The youth center has helped 120 students in the past five years but the numbers are down as people have been moving out of the area.

The youth program has helped many students get their GEDs by encouraging them and helping them study. They also have some generous donors that pay the $80 GED fee for those families that can’t afford it. They have helped kids with their driving skills and test. Sex abstinence courses and drug and alcohol prevention classes are made available to the youth at the center.

The youth center also has many fun activities that are supervised by their staff. Some of these activities include bowling, camping, and sleep overs. They have a church camp in Prescott that the kids can attend by working their way to camp. The kids do volunteer work in the community and participate in fundraisers. It teaches them to give back to the community and instills a work ethic.

The Mammoth Christian Youth Center is in need of funds. They are a 501-3C non-profit organization. All donations go toward activities for kids in the local community. They also collect aluminum cans that can be dropped off at 610 Old Highway 77 in Mammoth. If you would like to donate make checks payable to Mammoth Christian Youth Center or MCYC, P.O. Box 682, Mammoth, AZ 85618. If you would like to volunteer or have more questions contact Jesse Walker at 520-975-2653.

John Hernandez (491 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Miners’ Renteria ends remarkable career as State Champion

    February 16th, 2017
    by

      Four years ago, at the year-end wrestling banquet, now San Manuel senior Franky Renteria stood among a few legends in […]


    No new information released in Mammoth double homicide; possible motive, investigative leads considered

    February 16th, 2017
    by

      Pinal County Homicide Detectives continue to investigate the double homicide that occurred in Mammoth on Jan. 31, 2017, but have […]


    Mammoth Police Report – Feb. 15, 2017

    February 16th, 2017
    by

      According to state law, police may arrest suspected offenders by two methods. The suspect may be physically taken into the […]


    Champion Renteria, three more San Manuel wrestlers qualify for State

    February 8th, 2017
    by

      Senior Franky Renteria (170) won the Division IV Section II Championship at last weekend’s sectional tournament, which took place at […]


  • Additional Stories

    Sea Lion Swimmers bring home trophies from Havasu meet

    February 8th, 2017
    by

    Over the weekend of January 20-22, the Sea Lions Swim Team competed in the Havasu Winter Challenge Swim Meet at […]


    Daniella Kotopoulous outspells other contestants to win Mammoth-San Manuel District Spelling Bee

    February 8th, 2017
    by

      The top spellers in the Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District met on Jan. 31 at the San Manuel High School […]


    Mammoth Police Report – Feb. 8, 2017

    February 8th, 2017
    by

      According to state law, police may arrest suspected offenders by two methods. The suspect may be physically taken into the […]


    Pinal County Sheriff’s Office investigating double homicide in Mammoth

    February 8th, 2017
    by

      On Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, shortly after noon, Mammoth Police, responding to a call of “shots fired” in the 400 […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger