Java Talk April 7th Recap

Earlier this week, published an article about how the Syracuse elementary schools are on the frontlines of nation’s worst child poverty. About 5 years ago, after reading a similar article on, “The Lord has compelled me to act on behalf of homeless youth in Syracuse.” said Reggie Kelly, Founder/Executive Director of Rise Above Poverty Syracuse (
Today, Rise Above Poverty is working with 13 schools to provide students living in poverty basic necessities such as underwear, soap, hygiene products, socks, and winter coats/jackets. They have a wonderful facility on West Genesee Street where they can accept donations, as well as sort, store and inventory donations.
Rise Above Poverty has also started a Reading Clinic designed to help students reach third-grade reading level. Studies show that students unprepared for the fourth grade are often left behind for the remainder of their education. They currently hold the Reading Clinic at the Syracuse Alliance Church and hope to one day have a second clinic at the West Genesee location.
Thank you, Reggie & Rise Above Poverty for hosting our April Java Talk and sharing your vision. It’s truly amazing to see all you are accomplishing and hear, as you speak about mentoring young men and those you’ve impacted, how your heart is in your work. ❤❤