Our Areas of Focus
Sports are a wholistic (body, mind, soul, emotions) and safe training ground within our community to develop transformational leaders.
Our sports-based programming includes community-based football and basketball teams as well as partnerships with local school teams and support for FCA huddles at local schools.
Raising up young leaders requires consistent support and discipleship throughout the many educational and social transitions between middle school and adulthood.
Midian is committed to continuously investing in young people as they navigate the challenges of middle and high school, college, and career. Each month we offer dozens of hours of support in ACT/SAT prep, college applications, and other forms of tutoring, and we are committed to advocating for positive, restorative outcomes for young people within the education and criminal justice systems.
College and Career Support
Community leadership development includes support for the future leaders of the community, including those who are away at college preparing for their future, and those transitioning to a career here at home.
Midian is committed to supporting and visiting our college students across the region, and using trips to college games as a chance to introduce high school students to college campuses. We offer modest financial support to college students and continued, community-development-based faith and leadership development that matches the needs of college students from distressed communities, as well as offering support to those seeking careers at home.
Research in trauma-informed social psychology of sport, and its links to educational and leadership development, is in its beginning stages, with exciting potential.
Midian contributed significant material to the book Playing for the City: The Power of Sports for Christian Community Development, the first-ever handbook of community-development based sports ministry, published in conjunction with Urban Loft Publishers and the Christian Community Development Association. Midian continues to break ground in areas of research that will bolster community development and leadership in under-resourced communities across the country.