December 21, 2011

36CN: Adventist Youth Win "Gold Hope Prize"

Adventist Youth Win “Gold Hope Prize”
for Community Outreach

“Equal Opportunity Project” provides homework help, tutoring for disadvantaged kids


A German Seventh-day Adventist youth group’s work among disadvantaged children and teenagers earned national recognition in late November 2011.

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GOLD HOPE PRIZE: Equal Opportunity Project director Jessica Dietrich accepts this year’s Gold Hope Prize for her Adventist youth church’s outreach to disadvantaged kids in Mainz. The Equal Opportunities Project provides homework help and tutoring for area children and teenagers. [PHOTO: Courtesy Livingroom]

Members of the Livingroom, an Adventist youth church in Mainz, won the Gold Hope Prize for their Equal Opportunities Project. In cooperation with three elementary and secondary schools and a local youth center, project volunteers offer homework help and tutoring to kids who face tough economic backgrounds, or who have little to no parental support.

The Gold Hope Prize is presented by Germany’s network of Christian churches, associations, and communities. Founded by the German Evangelical Alliance, the network’s Hope prizes recognize “exemplary commitment and witnessing in Christian charity.”

“We thank God for this award. Young people do more than 90 percent of our work and mission. God is blessing their commitment and faith,” said Livingroom Pastor Ruben Grieco.

The Livingroom is designed to provide an environment in which young people can feel at home and experience God’s love and a sense of community, church leaders said. The church aims to make a positive impact on society.

“This award belongs to all the volunteers who use their free time to serve other people,” said Equal Opportunities Project director Jessica Dietrich.

The project is one of the Livingroom’s numerous community outreach programs.

                                                                                                                       —with reporting from Adventist News Network