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Young Life Washington Heights

Strategic Plan

“So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” - 1 Thessalonians 2:8 The Young Life Mission: “Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.” Rachel Ginnaty

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The Big New York City Vision: There are 8.2 million people in NYC and 2.2 million of them are under the age of 18. That is 588,780 teenagers. 25 percent of students with disabilities graduate from high school. 39 percent of students of ESL graduate from high school. 44 percent of black and Latino students graduate from high school. 19 percent of babies are born to women with inadequate prenatal care. Every 6 days a young person under 20 is murdered. Every day 174 children are reported abused or neglected. Every day 49 percent of all elementary and middle school students read below state and city standards. Among New York’s five boroughs, the city has created 59 districts. The vision for NYC is to place a caring adult staff person within each community district that will create a model ministry in a specified neighborhood. This includes people praying, volunteers doing Contact Work in it’s various forms, a committee of adults to help support the work, and a group of kids engaged in Club, Campaigners and going to Camp. I will be coming on as full time staff in Washington Heights! Where Young Life Washington Heights fits in: Community District 12 represents 155th street to 220th street and from the Harlem River as the east border and the Hudson River along the west side. 270,700 people live in Washington Heights, around 30,000 of them are between the ages of 10-19. There are 38 public schools and 13 private/parochial schools. It is a vibrant and diverse neighborhood where 74% of the residents are Hispanic/Latino. 53% of Washington Heights residents are foreign born and 84% were born in the Dominican Republic. Washington Heights… Our Neighborhood: ‣ Washington heights is home to 5% of NYC total teen population ‣ Birth rate to teen moms is 40% higher in Washington Heights than the rest of NYC ‣ Greater than 50% drop out rate ‣ 30% of households in Washington Heights live in poverty ‣ Washington Heights’ average unemployment is 14% Young Life in the Heights: Young Life Washington Heights was started in 2009 and has been running a high school club for 3 years. Club attendance in 2011-2012 grew from 8 to 25. This summer, 16 high school students will be going to camp at Lake Champion.


When designating where to give your gift, the best place to start is by selecting “A Young Life Area Ministry”. Use the search button along with the best option for you (City, Zip, or Area Number). The easiest way is to type in NY133 under area number. Washington Heights will appear, select this. Complete all of the steps and you are set! THANKS!

Electronic Funds Transfer & Credit Cards: If you would like to set up an Electronic Fund Transfer from your bank account or would like to use a credit card to process your monthly or one time gift, please contact us and we will be more than happy to mail you an additional consent form. These options are available as part of the online giving website or through a mailable form if you would rather. Checks: Make check out to Young Life, In the memo line put: “Washington Heights - NY133” Please mail to: Young Life NYC Office, 350 W 51st St., Community Room, New York, NY 10019 For assistance, contact us at: or (877) 438-9572 *Young life has earned and maintains the highest possible star rating with the watchdog group Charity Navigator

Time Tested and Life Changing: Contact Work: Because kids don't care how much you know till they know how much you care, Young Life leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, believing in who they can be. Within Young Life we call the persistent going out into the world of kids "contact work." But kids just call it friendship. Club: What is it about Young Life club that makes it the best night of the week for thousands of kids every week? We like to think of it as a party with a purpose. It's controlled chaos that's almost impossible to describe, but kids know it when they see it. And before the party ends, we share a simple message about God's love for them. After all, that's what the celebration is all about. Camp: Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their life. That's a rousing (and unsolicited) endorsement! But how else would you describe a week where deep relationships are forged in the midst of mind-boggling fun and where you experience and listen to what we believe is the greatest love story ever told? Campaigners: Campaigners (a name that points back to the early days when Young Life was referred to as "The Young Life Campaign") is a weekly meeting for kids who wish to learn more or grow in their faith through study, service and leadership. Young Life leaders also encourage these kids to celebrate their faith through participation in a local congregation. Committee: Young Life is making a difference in the lives of kids around the world because we are supported by adults who care about kids in their community. For every talented Young Life staff person, there is a team of dedicated volunteer leaders who work directly with kids. In each community, the local "committee" —  comprised of parents, Young Life alumni and civic leaders — provides a foundation of financial, administrative and moral support for the local Young Life team.
Area Goals:

Financial Plan & Budgets
Category Compensation Salary Benefits Other (SS, Pen, WC) Operations Training Vehicle Office Program Fundraising Conference Leadership Service Charge Mission Leadership SS Region Total Expenses Camp Scholarship Total Budget Monthly $4,085.00 $2,918.25 $601.00 $565.75 $594.33 $118.75 $108.00 $41.67 $129.25 $0.00 $146.67 $50.00 $958.88 $653.96 $304.92 $5,638.21 $1,250.00 $6,888.21 Salary Benefits Operations Service Charge Scholarship Year Total $49,020.00 $35,019.00 $7,212.00 $6,789.00 $7,132.00 $1,425.00 $1,296.00 $500.00 $1,551.00 $0.00 $1,760.00 $600.00 $11,506.56 $7,847.47 $3,659.09 $67,658.56 $15,000.00 $82,658.56

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Build High School Campaigners for Boys and Girls Build Middle School Club (Wyldlife) Build Middle School Campaigners for Boys and Girls Contact work at local high schools and middle schools. 200 kids known by name. 75 kids at club. 20 kids at campaigners. 30 kids to camp. 15 leaders.
10 committee members.

18% 14% 9% 42% 17%

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What We Need: The Faithful 50
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