• Mission: Bayshore Christian Ministries equips East-of-Bayshore youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders to give them a hopeful future.
• 2017 update: Through its relational and holistic programs, BCM served more than 275 children and teens in grades 1-12. The organization’s programs include after-school tutoring, art and technology classes; robotics teams; summer camps; Bible studies; mentoring; internships; and scholarships.
BCM saw great growth and achievement in its teen programs, including the successful launch of a high school mentoring program and a middle school robotics team that received two Judges’ Awards and advanced to the regional competition.
The organization continues to focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math offerings, and has created a permanent staff position to oversee programming for middle school students. Three BCM robotics teams entered this year’s First LEGO League competition.
The BCM tech program was a confidence booster as well as an academic enrichment activity for many students.
“Prior to joining BCM’s tech program, I was timid, and although I had dreams, I was afraid to speak about them,” said one student. “When I joined BCM, I grew a great deal as a person and in my relationship with the Lord. Without BCM, I truly do not believe that I would have been able to grow as a confident student and leader.”
• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Funds will be used to support the continued growth and expansion of STEAM programming, which provides students the necessary skills to become creative leaders in their communities and beyond.
Bayshore Christian Ministries
Location: 1001 Beech St., East Palo Alto
Annual budget: $987,000
Staff: 16 full- and part-time employees; more than 250 volunteers