Action Changes Things (ACT), Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, faith-based organization organized exclusively for charitable purposes. ACT's hope is for every child, whether young or old, to be integrated into a loving lifelong family. In addition, ACT seeks to assist orphans and transitional age youth (TAY) by partnering them with the local churches and community, entrepreneurs, sponsors and educators as we strive to provide healthy life transitions options to those aging out of international orphan care and U.S. foster care system.
For over 10 years, the founder of ACT and partners have been supporting, mentoring & building relationship with the orphans in Tijuana, Mexico (Casa Hogar Belen) and Thailand/Myanmar border (Life Impact Intl.). Each month we would spend an entire day with the orphan at the orphanage in Tijuana. Our main objective for the visit is to build relationships with each child by meeting their spiritual, physical and academic needs. However, our experience has amplified the reality that most of the orphans who age out of their homes have dismal chances of success. Many are trafficked and perpetuate the cycles of their parents: drug addiction and teenage pregnancy. However, despite these significant challenges, these youth have demonstrated resilient determination and courage.
Hence, we made a paradigm shift in the last 2 years by seeking out local churches, entrepreneurs, sponsors and educators both in Tijuana and California, like-minded individuals with the vision and mission of providing transitional support systems to youths aging out of the orphan care system, which would empower them to a life of self-sufficiency and stability. In order to empower these entities to care for these vulnerable youths, ACT seeks to provide needed resources, biblical counseling, mentoring and training in life skills, group saving, vocational and career training.
The specific objectives and purposes of ACT shall be:
Goal 1: to help every orphan child find a family of their own, by working alongside local churches which empower their members to care for the orphans in their community.
Goal 2: to assist and prepare the aging out youth for lifetime independence and stability through programs which include Spiritual Mentoring, Life Skills Training, Vocational & Career Development, Transitional Housing.
- Spiritual Mentoring: connect each youth to a mentor(s) from the partnering church who will provide spiritual guidance and accountability. ACT will seek to recruit mature mentors who can positively influence, engage and encourage the teens.
- Life Skills Training: host training programs such as financial saving groups, health and personal development, self-management, social skills etc. These classes will be taught by local volunteer educators, entrepreneurs and sponsors.
- Vocational & Career Development: provide annual tuition scholarship between $200 to $1000 to youths who wants to pursue their education but face financial challenges. Eligibility requirements is a minimum of “C” average and proven track record of commitment to the pursuit of education. Assist with job searches and career mapping.
- Transitional Housing: provide partial housing assistance for a period of one to two years with specific requirements: i) safe families which provide rental rooms with little or no charge ii) sharing of living space with other candidates. The average rental assistance will be $100 per month.
“For just as the body without the spirit[a] is dead, so faith without actions is also dead.” - James 2:26
Action Changes Things (ACT) Gala & Silent Auction
Join us for the upcoming Action Changes Things 5th Annual Fundraising Gala event that will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Delta Hotels by Marriott (formerly Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove). All profits raised at the event will be used by ACT to continue their efforts to assist orphans and aging out youths.