We Don’t Save At-Risk Kids

Jason Cook | August 18, 2016

Jason Williams is founder and executive director of the Aspire Movement, an inner-city mentoring program that matches elementary-aged at-risk urban students with godly men and women to walk alongside them in mutually transforming relationships. Jason holds a BS in education from Birmingham=Southern College and an MDiv from Birmingham Theological Seminary.

How would you describe your work?

Life transforming, bridge building, and advocating for the fatherless. We are a faith-based ministry that promotes holistic discipleship. We don’t want our kids to simply overcome the odds; we want to change the odds. Mentoring is our avenue to do that. ASPIRE currently has 135 mentor-student relationships in nine different schools across Birmingham. Each day I cast vision to my staff and network, and I fundraise to ensure the success of our students and their mentors. 
As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?
The imago dei and its practical realities run throughout our ministry. We seek to reflect the character of God by advocating for and serving the fatherless. Our mentors are image-bearers of God who bring his glory, love, and justice into situations where young people have been marginalized and cast aside. Though the imago dei hasn’t…

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