The BreakRoom – Mr. Mike

In the BreakRoom, we sit down with one of our own as they share their feelings about Daybreak. Today, we hear from Mike Burriss, House Coordinator, on how DayBreak is reaching the kids in Lincoln Heights.




                 Here at Daybreak, we strive to reach every child in Lincoln Height’s by changing their heart and using Christ to guide us. We give them ways to see that the streets are not the way to go by offering them opportunities other than violence and crime, such as basketball, baseball, art and fun learning activities. These are some of the things we offer our 4th and 5th graders (the class I work directly with) to give them the way out of the negative life they are used to when they are not here with us. Over the last 5 years, I’ve seen a lot drastic changes in a lot of the youth’s lives because of what DayBreak has offered them.

                 When I was younger I lost my father at the age of 11. It was a really hard time for me. I began to act out for a while, but I got myself together through the help of the Lord.  If a program like DayBreak was around when my father passed, I believe that it would have prevented me from making mistakes when I was younger.  However, being that I am a big kid, myself (lol), I feel as though my past experiences help me relate to younger people in the program. I help them learn that if we must bear arms, let us bear the armor of Christ in order to make a difference with the people around us.

– Mike


Mr. Mike helps Bernard and Larry with homework.

Out of the mouth of babes…

One great thing about working with little children is their excitement and sense of accomplishment when they do something that they know we as staff will be proud of. This post is to give you such an example.

Our Bible curriculum is a study on wisdom and foolishness. Recently, we discussed the difference between the prudent person and the foolish person. The verse of the week was Proverbs 14:15-A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps. It was explained that a simple person does not usually think before he/she acts and will choose to listen to bad advice, while on the other hand, a prudent person does just the opposite. The next day, Saquan, one of our first graders, came walking through the door with a huge smile on his face. In his excitement he pulled Ms. Andrea aside and said, “Today I was prudent! I boy in my class tried to get me to throw rocks. I thought about it and realized it was wrong and told him I wasn’t going to do it.” THAT, my friends is why we do what we do each and every day. To know that God’s word is taking root in the hearts of some of the children is what brings us immense joy.

Just so you know, Saquan is a precious child who has done really well during his first year at DayBreak. He is a struggling reader who is very bright, but needs encouragement and motivation. If interested in tutoring him once a week or possibly even becoming his mentor, feel free to email 🙂


How cute is he?!



A couple of weeks ago at our parent prayer breakfast, I sat with Yolanda, Sabrina’s mom, and she told me how Sabrina has made a great start to school and is doing very well in reading and math. Yolanda attributed Sabrina’s successful school start to DayBreak intentionally creating a summer camp with a heavy emphasis on education.
Sabrina came to DayBreak for five weeks this summer and read for 30 minutes each day, played math games with her friends, and worked on fun, educational projects. Rather than falling behind over the summer, as many students tend to, she started school on track.
 Join us in thanking God for working in Sabrina’s life through DayBreak.  Now that school has started, Sabrina is part of our daily after school program and receives one-on-one tutoring from her volunteer tutor, Stephanie.  Please pray that Sabrina would continue to grow in her knowledge of God and continue to do well in school.