North Omaha Good News Bears Club, directed by Pastor James
Patterson, is a weekly children’s outreach club
that teaches life skills, Christian living values, community
service and citizenship to over 300 youth between the
ages of 4 and 18. Their mission is to take young lives
that have no good examples of ethical behavior and plant
the seed of hope in each young person by providing role
modeling that reinforces the positive values of a strong
family and society
"Clubbers" are taught life-skills and what life
in Christ is like. Tutors help youngsters with their schoolwork.
Community and citizenship values are also taught and stressed.
Clubbers earn points for criteria including club and school
attendance. They are able to spend those points in the
"Bear Cave", where they can purchase toys and
Patterson stated that the club is indeed blessed to
be able to have a "home" where they can set
up their club gear, decorate the rooms and not have
to tear everything back down at the end of each club
time, which was the case before the Good News Bears
Club moved on campus.