Youth Service Fund (YSF) weekend, Nov. 9-10, 2019, offers local churches an opportunity to celebrate their youth; encourage youth involvement in missions through the local church and beyond, and highlight the ministry carried out through the YSF.
Through the Youth Service Fund, United Methodist teens raise money and provide grants to youth doing ministry in their churches and communities impacting poverty, illiteracy, absenteeism and social justice.
The Youth Service Fund is a unique ministry because it is run completely by, with and for youth. Youth raise the money, they decide what projects receive funds, and those projects supported are youth-designed, youth-led, and benefit youth. Applications are due by June 1 for funding to begin the following calendar year. Project categories are: Faith Sharing and Outreach, Leadership Development, Scholarship, Ministry with At-Risk Youth, and Agricultural/Vocational.
Youth groups and annual conferences youth teams have many creative fundraisers throughout the year and the annual conference youth ministry teams award the YSF funds in their conference. YSF provides a way for youth to be in REAL ministry with each other.Through special offerings received annually on YSF Sunday, as well as their other creative fundraising efforts, the Western PA Conference Youth Service Fund has provided financial assistance for many youth programs in our region, our nation, and our world.
Western PA Youth Service Fund grants for 2019 went to:
- Grace UMC, Grove City: $1,000 for youth mission trip
- Kane First UMC: $1,000 to help with start up costs for youth ministry
- Eastbrook Mission Barn: $1,000 to help build a ramp for an 18 year old
- Lakeside UMC: $3,000 for their See You at the Pole rally