through the Gospel of Jesus we empower our Athens community
SSM exists to bring spiritual and emotional support to children living in at-risk situations in Athens, Georgia. We accomplish this through gatherings at a local church and a growing mentorship program. We seek fun and creative ways to make deep and meaningful connections to the kids while teaching the Gospel of Jesus
In 2019, an opportunity to start a youth ministry from scratch fell into our laps. Ever since, we have been blessed to love and serve roughly 60 kids with ages ranging from 5-18 years old. In these four years, we have grown from a team of six volunteers to a team of 30! In 2022, we officially became a 501 c 3 nonprofit and it is a dream come true!
A relationship with Jesus Christ is the most empowering and life-giving relationship a person can have. We encourage our kids to seek after the ever-loving and kind character of Jesus Christ for themselves and as a community. We teach with biblical truth, personal testimony, prayer, and worship.
Our team consists of Katie Jane Knoblauch as the Executive Director and Lindsey Bowen as our Program Director. Both steward strong relationships with the Lord and are filled with His passion for the people of Athens. We couldn't do any of this without the amazing interns and student leaders from the UGA Wesley Foundation.