Youth Center

The Youth Center provides open door nights, round table, free meals and fun activities for youth in grades 6–12 in the ELANCO School District.

Open Door

Open Door times exist to offer a safe place for youth to connect with caring adults. The program is offered Tuesday–Friday for students in grades 6–12. A free meal is always offered and fun activities (basketball, air hockey, video games, etc.) are available.

Round table

Round Table exists to create a safe place for students to ask questions and seek a relationship with God. Round Table is taught by supportive adults who involve students and help them interact with God’s Word. These interactive teaching times offer a positive environment, teamwork opportunities and a healthy atmosphere to ask questions. Round Tables are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:15 PM. Free dinner is always provided.

Meal Program

Free Meals are always offered at any program at the CrossNet Youth Center. Free meals are provided by area churches, families, organizations and supporters.

Community Service

Young people in need of community service are able to do their hours of service supervised by who adults who desire to empower youth. These opportunities are to help students complete their hours, but also to connect them to positive adults and opportunities.

Quarterly Events

Quarterly events are environments that give students the opportunity to get out into the community and have fun. Events vary from beach trips, retreats, movie nights, seasonal parties, etc. All of our events are low cost or free for students.

For more information or to volunteer please contact carl@elancocross.org.

Mentoring Program

CrossNet Ministries believes that life change stems from relationship and that no one should journey in life alone.

Our Mentoring Program carefully matches volunteer mentors with students or adults in our community who are looking for a positive role model and support. All mentors must complete background checks, attend a free initial training and know Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Each mentor meets with their mentee twice a month, and it is our prayer that these relationships grow and last a lifetime! CrossNet offers ongoing support to both mentor and mentee.

If you are interested in applying to be a mentor, or wish to have a mentor, please contact Charis Pankratz, Program Director, at 717-355-2454, or at charis@elancocross.org.

Current Mentors

Report on your mentoring times with this form.

Cross Jr.

Cross Jr. is a program designed to provide a safe and fun environment for 2nd through 5th graders. Students have the opportunity to engage in free time, snacks, homework and reading time, a fun Bible lesson and activity.

The Cross Jr. Program is held on Thursdays from 4–5:30 PM during the school year. This structured after school program is supervised by CrossNet staff and qualified volunteers who are eager to provide a safe and fun environment for the students. At the end of each school semester, students participate in a party complete with prizes and a presentation to family members.

If you would like to volunteer each Thursday with Cross Jr., or to register your student to attend, please contact Charis Pankratz, Program Director, at 717-355-2454, or at charis@elancocross.org.

Tutoring

Students who are struggling in their academic success are matched with capable and willing adults who help them learn, grow and succeed as they work to achieve goals.

CrossNet Ministries partners with Garden Spot High and Middle Schools to provide free weekly tutoring to students in 7th through 12th grade. Volunteer tutors must complete background checks and an initial training before being matched with a student. Most tutoring sessions occur at the school library from 2:45–3:45 PM, Monday to Thursday. In some cases, sessions occur at the offices of CrossNet Ministries.

If you have a heart for working with students and can tutor in math, science, language arts, Spanish or social studies, consider volunteering! Please contact Charis Pankratz, Program Director, at 717-355-2454, or at charis@elancocross.org.