Our Work Serving East Rundberg (10+ years)
In March 2008 David and Rebecca Co Founded LaunchPad
In 2008 David and Rebecca started LP with a strong passion to impact inner city communities, with the focus to empower, equip and make a difference in the lives of Youth. They hold firm to their belief that every child and young person has the potential to accomplish whatever they set their mind to do, no matter the obstacles or challenges they face.
“We believe the quality of our communities can lift the quality of our lives. Our mission is to reach and work with disadvantaged youth, to equip them and empower their lives through understanding the power of education and the value that adds to their lives.
LaunchPad equips and enriches the quality of life for disadvantaged youth and undeserved families to build safe, productive, and vital communities.
We accomplish our mission by offering a wide range of programs and services that center around mentoring, character education, leadership, life skills, drug free living, power of education, and other viable areas.”
LaunchPad Serves the East Rundberg community through strategic afterschool programs at Dobie MS (2008 - 2018)
The LaunchPad After School programs focused on mentoring and modeling, by teaching and demonstrating leadership and other essential life skills. Our programs helped students succeed in their academic and everyday life. Our programs also offered morning tutoring classes for students who need extra assistance to improve their grades.
Our classes were centered on character education, financial literacy, leadership, life-skills, promoting mental stamina, challenge, competition, the power of education, technology, robotics, S.T.E.M., soccer, media/art, film, creative crafts, and much more.
LP Community Events & Festivals serving the East Rundberg Community (2008-2018)
“We believe, healthy communities are essential to healthy societies. Community Impact provides opportunities for us to build relationships with the parents of all students and establishes a presence beyond the school campus.”
Community Block Party Event Celebrations – We invite the community to a free event with food, games, give-a-ways and fun for the whole family! These events draw hundreds of students and their families every year. We center around a particular topic for these events that are viable and important for our community—topics such as promoting and celebrating the role of the father and education regarding critical health issues.
Holiday Outreach – Another way we served the community was sponsoring our LP students and their families for Thanksgiving and Christmas during the Holiday Season. We worked with our local partners to sponsor families.
Back to school drive – at the beginning of each school year we provided school supplies to the students that live in the Rundberg area. Recognizing that school budgets continue to decline every year, this provided viable support to the teachers and students of the school.
Hombre a Hombre Community Festival
“HOMBRE a hombre Community Festival is an important piece to our community, that will assist in bringing our males together in unity, fun and education.”
– David Contreras, Executive Director
We believe this event fosters, establishes, and celebrates the role of fathers and leaders within families and within the community. This event is only made possible by our wonderful and generous sponsors. Together, we are making a lasting impact in the lives of fathers and sons within our community by creating a healthy bridge between our community and law enforcement too!
LP Launches Fatherhood Initiative (2014 - current)
FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE STATS
In today’s society, we are unfortunately facing some terrible truths that we could have never anticipated. The number of single parent homes has doubled since 1960. One-third of all American children are raised without a father. And of those kids, they are severely above the national average when it comes to issues of crime, education, mental health and sex & drug abuse.
“People look at a child in need, in poverty or failing in school, and ask, ‘What can we do to help?’ But what we do is ask, ‘Why does that child need help in the first place?’ And the answer is often it’s because [the child lacks] a responsible and involved father,” said Vincent DiCaro, Vice President of the National Fatherhood Initiative.
So the question stands: where have all the fathers gone?
LaunchPad will be initiating a targeted effort to reach, unite and equip fathers and male caretakers with their sons and children. The “ALL In Fatherhood Project” is to promote the well-being of children and families through father involvement and fatherhood programs.
One of the goals will be to create and implement a targeted comprehensive plan to support young fathers, equip current fathers, and reunite fathers after incarceration. Another important component is to develop interactive activities such as sports, art, camping, etcetera, for team building purposes. We will be doing this to overcome the 4 major obstacles to father absence; work demands, the media, pop culture, and finances.
Mission: Promote the well being of children and families through father involvement and fatherhood programs.
Vision: Establish father-focused programs and resources to equip fathers, because an involved father brings many benefits to mothers and children.
Core Value: We believe the committed, sacrificial love of a father, is the mortar that strengthens and holds families together. A father’s devout involvement with his children is a key for children to know their identity, flourish in confidence and have a greater sense of value and stability.
Create and implement a targeted comprehensive plan to support young fathers, equip current fathers and reunite fathers after incarceration
Initiate Fatherhood skill-building resources (core principals and morals, responsibility, discipline, leadership and income modeling etc)
Customize fatherhood programs to engage dads based on community needs
Develop interactive activities (sports, art, camping, etc) for team-building purposes