What’s In a Name?
The name Slingshots comes from the Old Testament story about David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. After reading that story you will see how God used what David was good at – a Slingshot – to hit the target, Goliath! After David used his Slingshot to hit the target something happened that can still happen today. David hit the target – Goliath – the man that was the bully of the day, the man that was ridiculing the one true God. When David used his slingshot to defeat the giant, he ignited the armies of Israel! They gained courage and pursued the enemy. At Slingshots as teens use what God has gifted them with for His purpose they hit the target(s) that God has for them.
Slingshots moved into the North Side Gospel Center in April of 2017. The location has about 15,000 square feet available to Slingshots. The new location includes a gym, snack shop, computer lab, art room, two music rooms, video game room, game rooms, homework space, teen boutique and a large teaching room.
Slingshots currently has one location, in Chciago, at 3859 N. Central. Our goal is to open up Slingshots teen centers in all 77 neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. Slingshots goal is to partner with local churches and youth pastors to set up after school programs that help teens with education, emotional support, vocational training and spiritual guidance. The teen years are very challenging to navigate and Slingshots can be a place where teens can be cared for and challenged as they move from 6th grade to 12th grade.