5% of the budget, and subsidizes the healthy meals and snacks provided to the kids. The
organization receives its funding primarily from individuals, churches, foundations and
From the moment a child or teenager has been chosen to attend By the Hand, the
organization is committed to helping them in all facets of their life.
From the time they enroll in our program until they’re walking
independently as well-adjusted, responsible adults, our mission is to
literally and figuratively take our kids by the hand and walk alongside them.
We tutor them to academic excellence. We mentor them to make wise, life-defining decisions. And we care for them as our own, meeting their basic
nutritional and healthcare needs.
By The Hand provides a safe learning environment and a loving staff to support these children
during the after-school hours. The hours after school are the most dangerous time of day and the
time when the most crimes are committed by and against youth. The best part about By the Hand’s
mission of “taking kids by the hand and walk[ing] with them through college, helping them have
abundant life—mind, body and soul,” is that it is seen in the results.
When By the Hand sees a common need among its students, the organization works to
meet that need. For example, a primary cause of reading failure for beginning readers in public
schools is due to problems with their vision. Up to 25% of all school age children have vision
problems that are significant enough to impair their academic performance. Poor vision has been
found to be related to academic and behavioral problems among at-risk children. By The Hand
has tackled this issue by trying to make sure its students receive eye exams, and if necessary,
glasses. In 2016-2017, 92% of students received an eye exam and 381 of them received a pair of
Similarly, children with tooth pain are four times more likely to have a lower grade point
average than children without dental pain. Roughly one out of every nine children have untreated
decay which can lead to serious effects on school performance, sleeping, speaking, eating and
overall poor health. For 2016-2017, 100% of By the Hand students received dental checkups and
cleaning. For the 363 students that needed advanced care, they all were able to receive fillings or
Additionally, By the Hand also recognizes that a student is unable to meet their full
intellectual capacity, learn, or interact with others if they lack nutritious food. Therefore, all
students receive a hot, nutritious meal every day.
By The Hand has made it a point to choose children from schools whose reading levels are
below average and are on track, statistically speaking, to drop out of school. For example, children
who are struggling to read in the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school. This
rate increases five times if a child is black or Latino and living in poverty. For each student who
makes the choice to drop out of high school, it costs taxpayers $221,000. If that high school
dropout then chooses to move into a life of crime and drugs, the taxpayer cost per dropout goes up