Keith and JC tourning the State of Montana

This week JC and I get to travel around the state and visit with most of you.  We are excited to have this time.

Year-End GPS Opens Friday

GPS statistics need to be updated by May 10.  The opening day to update statistics is May 1… this Friday.

This is one of two times during the year that GPS is recorded and you have just 10 days to complete this task. Please start to gather statistics and update GPS. Our mission-wide ministry statistics are drawn from this update so please verify that your numbers are accurate prior to submission. This is the most critical of updates. You will be able to update your Area’s GPS data from May 1 until May 10.

One figure that we have not emphasized in the past, but that we’d like to emphasize in the Region this year is “Kids Impacted.” Please make sure you are giving a complete recording of kids impacted in your Area.

Please check your team leader, committee, and ministry support information for accuracy, as well. You may see another deadline in mission-wide mailings, but please stick with May 10, as the Region and Division have to review the numbers before the final deadline.

GPS Definitions

GPS Cheat Sheet

Call Shannon if you have any questions. Thank you.

Action Item: Before May 10, update your Area’s GPS.

Regional Calendar:

We have done a good amount of work and have most of the regional calendar done for next year.  You can view the regional calendar by clicking here. 

Committee Chair Conference call

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We are going to set up a committee chair conference call on Thursday May 14th at 7pm.  We will be sending out more details as we get closer.

Call in info:

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to start or join. https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1486808789
Or, go to https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join and enter meeting ID: 148 680 8789

Join from dial-in phone line:

Dial: +1 (424) 203-8420
Meeting ID: 148 680 8789

Action item: Please let you committee Chairs know about this call, we will be email them as well. 

Camp Trip Leader Conference call:

Camp is right around the corner and we need to make sure all of trip leaders have all the tools and know what to do when leading a trip.  To help with this, we are going to have a conference call for all trip leaders on Thursday May 28th at 7pm.  Area Directors please send Shannon Fair the names and email address of all your trip leaders.

Call in info:

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

Please click this URL to start or join. https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1496797604
Or, go to https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join and enter meeting ID: 149 679 7604

Join from dial-in phone line:

Dial: +1 (424) 203-8420
Meeting ID: 149 679 7604

Action item: Send Shannon Fair the names and email address of all your trip leaders.

May 1st Income Processing Change:

Young Life is partnering with CDS Global to process donations and payments that come in the mail. The date of this transition is set to occur on May 1. Beginning on Friday, May 1, please send all Income Processing mail to the CDS Global processing facility at the appropriate address below:

Regular Mail:
Young Life
P.O. Box 70065
Prescott, AZ  86304-7065

Priority Packages:
CDS — Attn. Young Life
2286 Crosswind Drive, Suite A
Prescott, AZ  86301

10 Email Marketing Tips for Cultivating Major Donors

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Email marketing is one of the most effective ways to reach potential donors and keep them interested, informed and engaged with your nonprofit’s mission. Use these 10 tips to improve your email campaign strategy and maximize your efforts.

1. Use an Email Service Provider (ESP)

ESPs are companies like ConstantContact or MailChimp who offer free or inexpensive online marketing tools for sending professional-looking branded email campaigns to your donor database. Most offer pricing models based on the size of your database, and some even offer special pricing for nonprofits. Not all ESPs offer the same features. Consider your options and take advantage of free trial periods to find the best solution for your Nonprofit’s needs.

2. Mix it up

Not every email should be a direct ask for money. While solicitation emails are important, they can annoy donors if you send them too frequently. Your goal with email marketing is to engage donors with useful content so they want to open every email from your organization. If solicitation emails were the only type of communication you sent, donors would stop opening your emails altogether.

Build email campaigns that update supporters on your mission, achievements and goals for the future. Emails are also great for sending thank-you’s, special announcements and promoting your fundraising events.

Email-timing-and-frequency3. Email Timing & Frequency

Finding the right number of emails to send is best discovered through trial and error. What works best for you usually depends on your audience and the scope of your nonprofit mission. Some organizations have so much going on that it makes sense to send out weekly correspondence, while others may only need to update their supporters once every few weeks.

At very least, try to send out two email newsletters and one solicitation email each quarter. Whatever you choose to establish as your email schedule, make sure you keep it consistent. There might be months where you don’t have as much information to share and that’s okay. Send something simple, like a statistic that relates to your cause or a link to view a photo gallery. The idea here is to stay top of mind.

Timing is also an important consideration when it comes to email marketing. There is mountains of data out there with varying recommendations for the best time and day to send an email blast. Typically though, you want to try to send email campaigns mid-week (Tuesday-Thursday) between breakfast and lunch.

4. Pay attention to analytics

After every email campaign you send you want to pay attention to your open rate and click rate. These are your best indicators of how successful your email campaign was.

Email-Analytics

  • Open Rate: Usually expressed as a percentage, this is the number of recipients who opened the email and viewed it in their inbox.  NP Industry Average: 25.71%
  • Click Rate: This is the number of recipients who opened the email and then clicked on a link or call to action within the body of the email.  NP Industry Average: 2.99%

There are industry benchmarks for average open and click rates (above) based on the billions of emails sent through ESPs each year. If you can meet or exceed these percentages, then you’re doing pretty well. If you’re not consistently meeting these averages, then consider recalibrating the frequency, timing or content of your email campaigns.

5. Keep it short and sweet

Rather than compiling all of the news and events about your organization and sending it in one big email, break up your content into multiple posts that you can send over time. With each email you send, have just one specific goal – whether it’s to get them to ready a blog post or view a photo gallery. This will help keep donors interested and prevent them from deleting your emails before they have finished reading.

Format text to make your emails skimmable. Even if your donors don’t read your emails word for word, they can pick up on the main ideas you’re trying to share as long as the content is easy to digest. Try using headlines and bullet points to break up the content and make your emails easier to read.

6. Make it mobile friendly

mobile-friendlyStarting in 2015, more than half of all emails will be opened on a mobile device. Older generations have admittedly been slower to adopt this trend, with only 31% of those 65+ years old using a phone or tablet to check their email in 2014, but these numbers will only continue to grow.

What does this mean for you? Make sure you are building emails that render nicely in a mobile inbox. That means never using static images to display your content, which unfortunately is still a common practice for many nonprofits.

Most ESPs have templates and intuitive user interfaces for building and testing mobile-friendly emails. Send yourself test email messages and check them on your phone so you get an idea for how it works.

7. Use more text than images

Visual aids can help your message, but many email clients block images until the recipient “accepts” them. If your entire message is placed within an image (argh!), many recipients will just delete the email. In fact, a whopping 80 percent of people say they delete an email if it doesn’t render correctly in their mobile device.

Make sure that at least two-thirds of your content is actual text, and then use supplementing images to support what you have written.

make-it-personal8. Make it personal

You won’t have time to sit down and write an individual email newsletter to each donor on your list. You can, however, make your messages sound more personal by writing in a conversational style and addressing recipients with their name at the beginning of the email. ESPs will give you tools for using these personalization tokens that pull the recipients first name, as long as you have it in your database.

Another important consideration is to make the “From” name and email that of an actual person, rather than your organization. Do not – I repeat – DO NOT send email campaigns from the email address “noreply@xxxx.org”. Make sure the “from” email address is an actual person or a group email that multiple people monitor, like “news@xxxx.org”. The reason is, you actually want people to reply to your email campaigns with questions or feedback. The only difficult part is you might have to sift through a couple hundred auto-reply vacation notifications – but its well worth it.

9. Send thank-you’s.

Every donation deserves a thank-you. If you’re using email to thank donors for giving money then send an email after every donation, no matter how big or small. Some ESPs will give you tools for setting up an automated thank you after donors give online.

Don’t rely too heavily on your automated thank you emails, however. Especially for larger donations, its always a best practice to follow up with a phone call or personalized (handwritten if possible!) thank-you letter.

10. Welcome new donors

Start each donor relationship right by sending a personalized welcome email. First impressions are important, and welcoming a first-time donor or an interested person can encourage more involvement or donations in the future. Design your welcome email to introduce the donor to your cause, tell them what they can expect with future emails and get them engaged by encouraging them to like or follow your organization on social media

Today’s email marketing tools are so powerful they can make it appear like you have an entire marketing team supporting you behind the scenes. With the right campaign strategies in place, you can your team can use email to cultivate stronger relationships with more donors from your existing database.

Topics: fundraising

May 28 Update

Great Time this past week getting together.

We will be emailing you the notes from our time together along with some actions items and dates that are coming up.

Camp Trip Leader call tonight at 7pm

Agenda

Prayer for each other
Camp leader training
What to bring as a trip leader
Forms/ 10 day call in/ housing/ 24 hour call in/ money
Day 7 meeting/bin

Time: May 28, 2015 7:00 PM (GMT-6:00) Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1496501555

Or join by phone:Dial: +1 (424) 203-8420   Meeting ID: 149 650 1555

Fairmont Leader Weekend

We are getting very excited about our fall Fairmont Leader/Committee Weekend September 25-27. We will be running a few different breakout sessions and wanted your input on what you would like those sessions to cover. We will have the track for committee and new leaders so what other session topics would you like to be covered?

Connecting with Donors Survey

While fundraising is in full swing for camp right now, we wanted to find out how you are doing connecting with your donors. We are wanting to encourage you to spend some time this summer meeting face to face with your top 20 donors to thank them. We want to help you with this so please fill in the survey at this link to give us idea on where you are at with your donors.

Please Fill out by June 12th.

Fundraising Home Runs!

Charliealone Let’s face it, most people in the non-profit world don’t love fundraising but it’s the nature of the work.  The non-profit, whether it is ministry, a museum, or a civic organization, all need partners to help them do this work. I have worked in this realm long enough to have picked up a few nuggets along the way.  Currently we are in the middle of my son’s baseball season – rookies rule!  In my entire life I have never watched as much baseball as I have in the past two months.  Honestly, I have loved it!  Today’s analogy comes straight from the field. Let me go over the baseball diamond and I think you will get my analogy. The Pitch.  The pitching mound is the vision.  What is your vision?  Why are you asking people to consider partnering with you in a financial manner?  What are you trying to accomplish?  How are you growing, moving, building, or making a difference?  This is what sits on the pitching mound – because this is what you pitch. The Dugout.  Best I can tell, the dugout is for players.  Charlie (my son) has to sit in the dugout sometimes.  Here are two facts of the dugout – (1) you have to be a player, and (2) you’re not in the game at that point if you are in the dugout.  The dugout for the non-profit are all the financial partners that are “players.”  You can determine what that means, but the simple description is they are your top 20% — and for most this means around 20-30 people will be in your dugout. On Deck.  Here’s how it works for Charlie.  His coach does a great job of yelling out the next three.  Billy is hitting, John is on deck, and Charlie is next in line.  We are always clear who the “next three” are.  The “on deck” position for the non-profit leader is to look into the dugout and see which are the next three friends who get to hear your vision.  You can place them in the “on deck” position which signals for you that these are the friends you are calling for an appointment. 1st Base – “The Call.”  First base is when the appointment is made.  It is when you have made the call and said, “Would love a time to come talk to you specifically about a vision we have which we think will have huge ramifications for the next 3-5 years. I would love to show it to you and see what you think, and if you would partner with us to make it a reality.”  The call 2nd Base – “The Appointment.”  How do you evaluate a critical movement?  One way is to look back on a month and see how many appointments (face to face) with your partners have actually come to fruition.  Certainly, when you arrive at the appointment there should be some materials that support the “vision.” 3rd Base – “The Ask.”  I will be the first to tell you that I have made appointments, sat with a partner, and NOT made an “ask.”  It happens.  Rather, a good appointment is defined by going over the materials and ASKINGspecifically for an aspect of the vision. Home Plate – “The Answer.”  Certainly we would love a score here.  A score being defined by a “yes.”  Yet, any answer suffices to bring our partner from 3rdto home plate.  Yesterday I had to follow-up with a few of my friends as I had made the appointment, shared the vision, moved them to 3rd – meaning the ask was complete, but there they sat.  I followed up and now have an appointment for further discussion.  Home plate is the “answer.” Dugout II – As the benefactors, builders, partners, friends, investors, or donors have gone around the bases or not yet been “on deck,” the dugout is a time to cultivate, communicate, and make them feel a part of your community.  As their phone rings for an appointment, their phone, inbox, mailbox, or eyes should have seen evidence of YOU.  The dugout is a time to DIG IN and share all the good things that are transpiring with your efforts. photo copy 2 Yesterday I met with one of my heroes, our Greater LA Regional Director Alan Smyth.  Alan had gone through his benefactors as well as potential and had placed them on the “diamond.”  It is a point of clarity, it is a structure, and for him, it was a way to move people along the bases.  He texted me last night, “Lunch appt set up for June 21 with Bill Johnson. “Ask” is on the agenda.” Let’s face it, most people in the non-profit world don’t love fundraising but it’s the nature of the work.   One of the more fruitful things (for those of you who relate to today’s topic) you can do is to diagram your own diamond.  Place your investors and friends onto the field.  Get your vision ready to pitch, and move people on deck.  Batter up!  Let’s do this! Have a great day at the park! Eric

Other Fundraising Ideas around the region

  • Coffee Sales- you can go through Beyond Beans Coffee or contact your local coffee roasters.
    Thanks for considering Beyond Beans Coffee.    I’m excited you are considering using our coffee as a fundraiser.  I hope this will answer all the questions you had in your email.
     If you want to buy coffee as a fundraiser for your area, enter our web page and enter the word “fundraisers34” in the “enter organizational code” box.  Click the right arrow.

     

    This takes you to a new page that prices our coffee at the discounted rate of $7.00 a lb.  There is no minimum order.  Please note that we offer this rate only for those interested in using our coffee as a fundraiser.  For retail customers they do not use this discount code.
    Purchase a much as you wish at this rate.  Then you sell it at whatever you desire.  $12.00 is our retail price, but you could sell it for $14 or $15.  You pocket the difference between $7 and your asking price.   Several YL Areas have used this as a fundraiser and have also ordered our gift bags for donor gifts and banquet gifts.
    Please note you may purchases it as whole beans or ground, Light, Dark or Dark Decaff.  Whatever combination you desire.  Most of our customers order dark roast whole bean, but you will sell some of each.
    We recommend pre-selling the coffee.  But a few bags for kids to take around as they make their sales.  Help the kid tell our story.  This way you don’t buy coffee that you can’t sell.  You can also find information about our coffee online in the resources tab that will help you.  You can print out a brochure and have the kid take it with them.  Once you have presold it the first time, you may find that you can simply order it the second time without having to presell.  Different areas are trying different styles.
    If you’d like to talk through this more, please feel free to call me and I can tell you how others are doing this.  Also, please share this with other AD’s in your area.
    If your coffee is ordered before 12:00 pm, we roast and ship it that day, Monday through Thursday.  Our shipping is the UPS ground schedule from Gig Harbor, Washington, zip code 98335, to your area and is based on weight.  You will see your shipping calculated before you purchase.  You will see a “Confirm Order” button which is not the purchase button.  This button will let you select your preferred shipping method, including expedited shipping options.   If you need to, you can always visit the UPS website and put in your zip code and the zip code of 98335 to get some understanding of the shipping cost or your can just place your order and it will show it to you before you click “buy”.
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What a YL Amicus Host Family looks like! (PLEASE PRAY FOR 1 FAMILY!!)

Thank-you for making an inquiry regarding Young Life Amicus. I am looking for solid Christian families that have a heart for kids, that are willing to open up their homes for 10 months (End of August 2015 – End of June 2016)

Our desire is that the Host Family lives in an active Young Life community so that they can encourage the student to attend all YL activities.  Many kids are believers, though many are still searching in their faith, and this year could be transformational through the relationships formed. Continue reading

Entering into the 4th Quarter

Entering the 4th Quarter:

As the school year is winding down in Young Life we are entering into what I always refer to as the 4th quarter.  We have done camp sign ups, we have around 3-4 clubs left to go for the year.  The temptation can be to settle in, run the clock out and take a knee. If we are using football analogies.  But I don’t want us to do that.  I want us to keep focusing on reaching lost kids.  I was reminded of this when I read the parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15.  To read Luke 15 click here.

Jesus reminds us that we are not called to settle for what we have but to go after the lost.  We may be tempted just to focus on the kids that are coming to club or the kids signed up for camp.  I want us to still go after the “lost Sheep” .  I hope we’ll never stop going after the lost sheep.  Because if we play it safe in this last quarter, what is at stake is kids hearing about Jesus.

Thank you for all of the work that you do.  I’m blessed to get to serve with all of you.

Keith Dow

Regional Calendar:

We have done a good amount of work and have most of the regional calendar done for next year.  You can view the regional calendar by clicking here. 

Ring Central for video and phone conference calls:

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I am a big fan of video calls whenever possible.  We are going to start using Ring Central to help with this.  We can do a video or conference call for up to 50 people with Ring Central.  The 1st time you use it you will need to download the software.  You can do that by clicking the links below.

Mobile Apps

Desktop app

Action item: Download mobile app and desktop app

Committee Chair Conference call

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We are going to set up a committee chair conference call on Thursday May 14th at 7pm.  We will be sending out more details as we get closer.

Action item: Please let you committee Chairs know about this call, we will be email them as well. 

Camp Trip Leader Conference call:

Camp is right around the corner and we need to make sure all of trip leaders have all the tools and know what to do when leading a trip.  To help with this, we are going to have a conference call for all trip leaders on Thursday May 28th at 7pm.  Area Directors please send Shannon Fair the names and email address of all your trip leaders.

Action item: Send Shannon Fair the names and email address of all your trip leaders.

Budgets Process Starts Tuesday

On Tuesday the budget season will begin! As you may have seen on Monday Morning, the process is new and will be using new applications in cash flow. This new process is very exciting and will help streamline the budget process. Further information will be provided to you through the Monday Morning and direct communication from the Regional and Financial office. There will be trainings and further information and resources about how to complete this process on the Staff Site which you can view by clicking here.

WyldLife Wednesday: How To Get Kids To Camp

The Young Life Leader Blog
Posted: 18 Mar 2015 04:00 AM PDT

Your middle school friends may be excited about going to camp this summer, but unless their parents are excited too, those kids won’t be on the bus with you. That means you’ve got to get camp information in the hands of parents. Start by handing fliers to parents when they pick up their kids after club. A flier handed to a kid may never make it to his or her parents.

Another great way to communicate with parents is to host a camp phone-a-thon with your leaders. Pick a weekday evening or a weekend afternoon and gather your leaders in one location. Order pizza and have club lists ready with the names of every kid who has attended club this year, along with parent names and parent phone numbers.

Provide a script so that high school students and other young leaders can make these calls with confidence. It might start something like this:

“Hi, my name is ________________ and I’ve gotten to know your daughter ______________ at WyldLife club. I’m calling about our WyldLife camp trip this summer, and I’d love for her to come with us. Have you heard about our camp trip?”

Give your leaders a detailed Q/A sheet so they are prepared to answer questions about:

Departure and arrival dates and times
Location (distance is important to many middle school parents)
Cost (includes transportation, food, activities, housing, etc.)
Financial options (payment plans, scholarships, fundraisers, etc.)
Transportation (bus company, drivers, etc.)
Camp activities
Typical day at camp
Ratio of kids to leaders on trip
Housing

If parents are interested, leaders can tell them how to register – or even offer to pick up the deposit and registration form (a great way to meet parents they haven’t already met!) If parents say “no”, find out why. Schedule conflict? Cost? Child’s friends not going? Maybe there are ways to overcome those obstacles.

End the evening with prayer. Pray for every kid on your lists – that God will provide a way for those who need to hear the Gospel at camp to be on that trip with you.

Written by Julie Clapp.

Fun Game Idea

STAR-BUSTED

 For this game you need individually wrapped starburst fruit chews. You can buy them by the bag at a grocery store. Buy enough so that you have at least one fruit chew per student in your group. Have them each take one and tell them not to eat it. Once everyone has a starburst they may unwrap it and only put it on their tongue. The leader calls out a sequence of starburst colors. Example: 1 red 2 yellow 2 orange 1 pink The students must then make a group consisting of those colors. They will all be facing each other in a circle with their tongues sticking out forming the correct combo. There would be six people from the example above. So you should see several groups of six with that color combo. Anyone who didn’t make it to a group can eat their chew and step out of the game. Keep calling combos till one person stands.

MT Womens Weekend is Quickly approaching!!!!!!!!

I was recently reminded of why we do Young Life. And that is to share the gospel with kids. We want to see more kids hear the gospel and get in front of Jesus. Sometimes we forget that and focus on other things. Most of you probably got involved in Young Life because you were directly impacted by leaders, or because you saw other kids being impacted. I personally had a leader invest in me, take me to Malibu as a sophomore in high school, and share what Christ meant with me. That’s where my life changed. As a leader, going into high schools, sharing the Gospel with kids, having Campaigners at home:  that’s the why. We get to see kids’ lives transformed through everything we do. I want us to remember and focus on that. I want us to remember to tell the story of why. When you’re meeting with leaders, why should they be a leader? Because they’re impacting kids’ lives and being given an opportunity to share the gospel with them. When you’re meeting with your committee, why should they be involved? Because they can make an impact in the community. We will continue to talk more about this, but I want us to remember why we are involved in Young Life, and why we are called to this mission.

Keith Dow

Associate Regional Director Montana

3rd Annual Young Life Women’s Retreat April 17-19th: Each Area will get one free spot!!!!!!!

We wowomens retreat invitationuld like to invite all you Ladies to our 3rd annual Young Life Montana Women’s Retreat April 17-19 in lovely Bozeman, Montana. This event is for any women that is involeved in Young Life in some way, Below is the invite with information on the event and here is the link to register. Can’t wait to see you all there!!!

 

 

 

Dear Staff Team:
Young Life’s Pray 24-7 Initiative, announced recently in Monday Morning, is gaining momentum, and I want to make sure you consider yourself personally invited to participate in the worldwide, missionwide prayer movement!
As you know, Young Life was founded on prayer and has been committed to prayer from the time Jim Rayburn showed up on that first high school campus. Even now, this minute, there are people praying that Young Life will make a difference for kids in their communities. Even now, someone is praying for the mission’s outreach to kids on the other side of the globe. We are a praying mission. And I believe God is nudging us to more fully integrate prayer into the fabric of our daily work together.
If you would like to join YL PRAY 24-7, please go to pray.younglife.org. The prayer week is divided into 15-minute segments. Please look for an opening in the calendar and then click on “Join the Team” to add your prayer time to the calendar. If you need help selecting an opening, or have already joined but would like to change your time to an open time slot, just email your change to pray@sc.younglife.org or call Jackie Davis at (316) 258-9110.
As we get started, prayer requests are being submitted through regional, divisional, camping and service center offices. Please contact your supervisor if you have a request for the worldwide prayer team.
Whether you join the Pray 24-7 team or not, I know you are a committed person of prayer and I thank you for your faithfulness as we pray and seek to introduce more kids to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
In Christ,

 

We all tell stories, either at club or talking with committee and donors. This is a great article on how to tell great stories.

A Refresher on Storytelling 101
https://hbr.org/2014/10/a-refresh-on-storytelling-101/Related topics: StorytellingDigital StorytellingWritingShared from Harvard Business Review on Flipboard, your personal magazine.
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Urban Campership Scholarships

Boys Hey Curtis HighNow is the time for your Area to apply to participate in the Urban Campership Scholarship fund. The application deadline is April 15 (a strict deadline).  While that deadline is a 15 days away, it will take time to get kids identified and the forms filled out.  Plan now.  You can access the form by clicking here.  These funds are specifically designated for schools or ministries that have 60% of their kids in a free or reduced lunch plan.

Action Item: If applicable, complete the Campership Grant Application before April 15.

Montana YL Staff Meeting May:19th-20th

We have our next YL staff meeting on May 19th-20th.  We will start at 1pm on the 19th and finish at 1pm on the 20th.  Our meeting will be held at Canyon Ferry Lake outside of Helena MT.  All full time staff are required to attend and all part time staff and volunteer area directors are invited to attend.  If you are on part time staff or a volunteer area director, please RSVP to Shannon Fair by email here at montanayounglife@gmail.com.

MT Womens Weekend is Quickly approaching!!!!!!!!

I was recently reminded of why we do Young Life. And that is to share the gospel with kids. We want to see more kids hear the gospel and get in front of Jesus. Sometimes we forget that and focus on other things. Most of you probably got involved in Young Life because you were directly impacted by leaders, or because you saw other kids being impacted. I personally had a leader invest in me, take me to Malibu as a sophomore in high school, and share what Christ meant with me. That’s where my life changed. As a leader, going into high schools, sharing the Gospel with kids, having Campaigners at home:  that’s the why. We get to see kids’ lives transformed through everything we do. I want us to remember and focus on that. I want us to remember to tell the story of why. When you’re meeting with leaders, why should they be a leader? Because they’re impacting kids’ lives and being given an opportunity to share the gospel with them. When you’re meeting with your committee, why should they be involved? Because they can make an impact in the community. We will continue to talk more about this, but I want us to remember why we are involved in Young Life, and why we are called to this mission.

Keith Dow

Associate Regional Director Montana

3rd Annual Young Life Women’s Retreat April 17-19th: Each Area will get one free spot!!!!!!!

We wowomens retreat invitationuld like to invite all you Ladies to our 3rd annual Young Life Montana Women’s Retreat April 17-19 in lovely Bozeman, Montana. This event is for any women that is involeved in Young Life in some way, Below is the invite with information on the event and here is the link to register. Can’t wait to see you all there!!!

 

 

 

Dear Staff Team:
Young Life’s Pray 24-7 Initiative, announced recently in Monday Morning, is gaining momentum, and I want to make sure you consider yourself personally invited to participate in the worldwide, missionwide prayer movement!
As you know, Young Life was founded on prayer and has been committed to prayer from the time Jim Rayburn showed up on that first high school campus. Even now, this minute, there are people praying that Young Life will make a difference for kids in their communities. Even now, someone is praying for the mission’s outreach to kids on the other side of the globe. We are a praying mission. And I believe God is nudging us to more fully integrate prayer into the fabric of our daily work together.
If you would like to join YL PRAY 24-7, please go to pray.younglife.org. The prayer week is divided into 15-minute segments. Please look for an opening in the calendar and then click on “Join the Team” to add your prayer time to the calendar. If you need help selecting an opening, or have already joined but would like to change your time to an open time slot, just email your change to pray@sc.younglife.org or call Jackie Davis at (316) 258-9110.
As we get started, prayer requests are being submitted through regional, divisional, camping and service center offices. Please contact your supervisor if you have a request for the worldwide prayer team.
Whether you join the Pray 24-7 team or not, I know you are a committed person of prayer and I thank you for your faithfulness as we pray and seek to introduce more kids to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
In Christ,

 

We all tell stories, either at club or talking with committee and donors. This is a great article on how to tell great stories.

A Refresher on Storytelling 101
https://hbr.org/2014/10/a-refresh-on-storytelling-101/
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Urban Campership Scholarships

Boys Hey Curtis HighNow is the time for your Area to apply to participate in the Urban Campership Scholarship fund. The application deadline is April 15 (a strict deadline).  While that deadline is a 15 days away, it will take time to get kids identified and the forms filled out.  Plan now.  You can access the form by clicking here.  These funds are specifically designated for schools or ministries that have 60% of their kids in a free or reduced lunch plan.

Action Item: If applicable, complete the Campership Grant Application before April 15.

Montana YL Staff Meeting May:19th-20th

We have our next YL staff meeting on May 19th-20th.  We will start at 1pm on the 19th and finish at 1pm on the 20th.  Our meeting will be held at Canyon Ferry Lake outside of Helena MT.  All full time staff are required to attend and all part time staff and volunteer area directors are invited to attend.  If you are on part time staff or a volunteer area director, please RSVP to Shannon Fair by email here at montanayounglife@gmail.com.

Welcome to the Montana YL Blog for Staff, Committee and Leaders

All of this information and can found on our blog: http://www.montanaylnews.com

Urban Campership Scholarships

Boys Hey Curtis HighNow is the time for your Area to apply to participate in the Urban Campership Scholarship fund. The application deadline is April 15 (a strict deadline).  While that deadline is a 15 days away, it will take time to get kids identified and the forms filled out.  Plan now.  You can access the form by clicking here.  These funds are specifically designated for schools or ministries that have 60% of their kids in a free or reduced lunch plan.

Action Item: If applicable, complete the Campership Grant Application before April 15.

Good Friday Holiday

Remember that Friday, April 3 is a Young Life holiday for full-time Young Life staff.  Please take this time.  If you haven’t had a day away, this would be a wonderful day to take and meditate, pray, reflect.  We hope that you will have a meaningful Good Friday holiday and a wonderful Easter as we remember the work of our Lord and Savior.

3rd Annual Young Life Women’s Retreat April 17-19th

We wowomens retreat invitationuld like to invite all you Ladies to our 3rd annual Young Life Montana Women’s Retreat April 17-19 in lovely Bozeman, Montana. This event is for any women that is involved in Young Life in some way, Below is the invite with information on the event and here is the link to register. Can’t wait to see you all there!!!

Montana YL Staff Meeting May:19th-20th

We have our next YL staff meeting on May 19th-20th.  We will start at 1pm on the 19th and finish at noon on the 20th.  Our meeting will be held at Canyon Ferry Lake outside of Helena MT.  All full time staff are required to attend and all part time staff and volunteer area directors are invited to attend.  If you are on part time staff or a volunteer area director, please RSVP to Shannon Fair by email here at montanayounglife@gmail.com.