GRIP Outreach for Youth Annual Gala

Friends and family,
For the past three years, each spring I have started a campaign to raise funds for GRIP Outreach for Youth Program.  The mission of this program is to "father the fatherless"—to reach a generation of young people growing up at-risk and connect them into "life-on-life" relationships with Christian adult mentors. 

Along with raising funds, I am volunteer coach/mentor through the GRIP Outreach for Youth Program (via its SLAM program ).  SLAM is a high-energy sports and team-building outreach program  that runs every Monday night. Throughout the year, hundreds of youth come to SLAM ready for an exciting evening of creative games, Christian hip-hop music, drama, video, Bible teaching, small group discussion, pizza, and lots of hugs. SLAM creates the perfect environment for our army of adult volunteers to start building meaningful, "life-on-life" relationships with our teens.

For nearly four years, I have walked “life-on-life” with a special young man, Renault. During this time, we have seen it all: the joy of graduation from the 8th grade, the births and deaths of family members, to the everyday trials and tribulations of being a teenager on the West Side.  
Recently, I have begun the "life-on-life" journey with another young man, RJ (pictured above).  RJ is a freshman at Al Raby High School, already a standout scholar athlete - I get excited thinking about his future and how a program like GRIP can sow into him.

Thank you for your time and greatly appreciate your consideration to support GRIP Outreach for Youth. 

(A typical Monday at SLAM)

Jason T. Mercer
  • Vasco Bridges 
    • $200 
    • 43 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $300 
    • 43 mos
  • Jamil Simmons 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 43 mos
  • Josh Mercer 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
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Jason Mercer 
Chicago, IL
GRIP Outreach For Youth 
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