Economic status is one of the most important factors that determines a child's performance in school. John Newman explains that by becoming an admiring adult and helping to build relational networks for at-risk children, you can help a child improve his or her performance in school and escape the cycle of poverty.
John is a Pastor and the founder and president of New Hope Community Development of Acadiana, a faith based initiative that works with children and their families in an under-resourced neighborhood in Lafayette, Louisiana. New Hope provides after school tutoring and summer programming for more than 40 at-risk children in the Azalea Park neighborhood. Prior to founding New Hope, John served as a Pastor for more than 20 years. Most recently, John served as an Associate Pastor at Trinity Bible Church in Lafayette, LA. John has been married to Kristine for 31 years. Together, they have five children.
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