Jan 20- Regional Conference Call 9 am
Jan 20- Inauguration Day
Jan 24-26 Montana Full time Staff Spiritual Retreat
Jan 27- Regional Prayer Call
Jan 27-29 Student Staff Weekend
Feb 1- R2 for Winter Ski camp at Silver Mountain
Spring Talk Sequence
Here is the Talk Sequence Spring 2017 for this upcoming spring semester. It is also in the staff & Leader resource page on this blog.
Camp Trip Web Tool on your msite
What about fall or winter weekend camp trips?
Follow the same instructions as building a summer camp page, but make sure to check the Activity Forms box marked for fall/winter camping at the bottom of the Web Part editing box.
Your area has four different camp trips to three different locations. What to do?
Create a new page for each trip using these instructions, and then add them to your top navigation for high visibility!
If you need help adding this to your msite, please contact Shannon.
Don’t forget! Msites that have not edited in the past 6 months or longer will be archived and deleted. This Process will begin in March of 2017. Please update your msite. Here are some great msite “how to” resources to help you learn more about updating msites.
The Service Center provides Camp Flyers at not cost to areas (3 x the number of camp spots you have reserved) and here is the link to order them. Here is the flyer-template to input your information. If you need help putting this together, contact Shannon or Anna.
Praying you have a Wonderful Christmas and New years with family and friends!
Dec 23- Regional Prayer Call
Dec23- Christmas Eve observed- Young life Holiday
Dec 26- Christmas Day observed- Young Life holiday
Dec 31-End of Year Giving Deadlines.
Jan 1-Camps begin to accept summer staff applications.
Jan 2- RSVP for Dippin Dots due
Jan 2-Young Life paid holiday – New Year’s Day (observed)
Jan 13- Regional Conference call
Jan 16-Camp Directors confirm assigned team work crew spots for each session(see below)
Jan 16-Young Life holiday – Martin Luther King Day
Jan 24-26 Moose Lake Retreat
Jan 27-29 MT Student Staff Retreat
Jan 31- W2’s available on staff resources
Feb 1- R2 due for winter ski camp March 3-5 Action Item: email Anna your cost and mailing address and she will edit the flyer for you.
Assignment Team Work Crew Spots
10% of work crew spots are reserved each session for the Assignment Team. Once the Camp Director is determined for each session, the camp will send an email informing them of the male/female breakdown of that 10%, and ask them to confirm/deny those work crew spots by January 16. The Region must still approve the camp directors’ choice applicants, by wait listing the candidates in the camp session.
Regional Calendar Access
The regional google calendar should show up on the google calendar page under “other” calendars and you can add it there. I gave access to all the staff and volunteer ad’s. You can also go to other calendars and add this url. https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/4sk7t3btvhr5gs69blp29a46t8%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics. It works best if you have a google account. If you have issues, please give me a call.
Custom Giving URLs
The Event Solutions team is excited to launch the new Custom Giving URL tool! Custom URLs will be available for personal and area customization starting Monday, December 5th. The custom URLs are first-come, first-serve, so check in Monday Morning or use this URL request link starting December 5th to request yours! These URLs can be used for:
-Print materials (business cards, event invitations, etc.)
-Personal case statements
-Meeting with donors
Please remember that this service is for donations only, and cannot be used in lieu of registration software. Please allow 2-3 business days for the creation of your link. For more information or questions contact the Event Solutions team.
Dec 1- R1 for 2017 summer camp due
Dec 1- R1 for Winter camp at Kellogg, ID(email Shannon how many spots you want)
Dec 2- Year end newsletter should be mailed no later than Dec 2
Dec 9- Regional Conference Call
Dec 15- Leadership I & II mid year evaluations due
Serving with Beyond Malibu is a very unique opportunity to serve within Young Life Camping. Former staff would say that during their time serving they experienced a refuge to grow with Christ and learned what it means to work hard and build deep Christian community, among many other things. All summer staff positions at Beyond Malibu are a full summer commitment and all positions are volunteer. There are resources available to raise support if that is of concern. Our applications are available on the Beyond Malibu website Beyond Malibu Staff Application.
- We are looking for YL leaders who are over 21 with 2 years of ministry experience. (Being a YL leader is not a requirement but leading small groups in a ministry context and a passion for sharing the Gospel with young people is.)
- The commitment is for two summers plus 4 trainings in the spring prior to each summer.
- It takes a special kind of leader at a certain point in their life/faith journey to commit to guiding. No previous mountaineering or sea kayaking skills are required, but desire to learn these skills is.
- Applications due January 1st
- We are looking for mature leaders 18 and older with a desire to serve and grow in their faith.
- The commitment is for one full summer plus one training weekend in the spring.
- Applications Due January 15th
Please encourage any leaders who you think would grow from this experience to prayerfully consider. For more details direct leaders to our website Serve with Beyond, BLOG and share this Video or call us to connect with a former staff person and to find out more 206-525-0791.
Now is the time to also be thinking about adult guests, these are people that go to camp and enjoy a week, seeing the ministry first hand. Even though Registration and Recommendations can be submitted as early as December 1, we want you to start asking your potential adult guests now. The spots are at a first-come, first served basis.
There is a sense you can’t get Adult Guest spots. Well, you can with some foresight and planning. You can get them by getting an application in on December 1 or soon after. Every single Area can get Adult Guests spots with work.
These forms can be found by clicking here. Once you have completed them, please send them to Shannon for approval and forwarding. Thanks!
Data & Security
What if your Young Life office was broken into and your computers were stolen? Would the information on those computers be secure? Office break-ins are not uncommon and regardless of where we are, we all have to be vigilant in securing laptops, smart phones, and other electronic devices and paper files that contain personal and confidential information by implementing appropriate safeguards.
Several Young Life offices and vehicles have recently been broken into and items have been stolen. In this growing age of technology, electronics have increasingly become the target of many thieves. In our ongoing efforts to help staff protect confidential information related to our ministry, kids and donors, we want to provide you with some essential steps you should take to protect the confidential information stored in your offices and on your personal devices.
All computers, laptops, external drives including thumb drives, iPads and cellphones used for Young Life ministry must have a log-in password to protect confidential information.
Electronic data files containing confidential donor, camper, staff and volunteer sensitive information must be password protected and/or encrypted.
Paper files containing confidential and sensitive donor, camper, staff and volunteer personnel and medical information must be stored in a locked area.
Confidential and sensitive information and files (paper or electronic) includes:
-Medical records and health information of staff, volunteers and kids; this includes Health and Consent forms.
-Donor lists and donor contributions.
-Copies of checks, credit or debit card numbers, and any individual’s bank routing and account number.
-Driver’s license numbers.
-Social Security numbers.
-Copies of anyone’s passport or national identity card or passport/national identity numbers.
We will provide you with additional guidance and steps to help protect the confidential information of kids, donors, staff and volunteers as we continue working to enhance our infrastructure. In the meantime, should you have further questions about protecting confidential information, please feel free to contact the Risk Management department at 719-867-3600.
Prayer Requests and Praises
Jenny Dow’s grandpa went to be with Jesus Thanksgiving day. Please pray for her as she is in Milwaukee with family for the funeral.
Praise- My daughter is recovering miraculously well from a very long & scary labor and delivery. She lost 2 pints of blood during the c section:( Just had to share a pic
Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, “Oh, thank you, God!” I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers. The Message
Nov 12 Billings Auction
November 16-17 staff overnight
November 17 Missoula Strategic Planning
Nov 24 Thanksgiving
Volunteers on Assignment
If you have volunteers in your Area who would like to be on Assignment, HERE is the link to the ‘Volunteers for Assignment’ google doc. Please have the recommending staff person fill this out for the volunteer.
Summer assignments are where some of the best training is done. You get to see Young Life in action from a number of perspectives. You get to hear from other mission leaders. You get immediate feedback and opportunities for growth. Get your volunteers on an assignment. They will come back as better volunteers.
Thank for having a vision for your people and working to get them on assignment.
Action Item: If applicable, sign up any Volunteers you have who’d like to do an Assignment.
THANK YOU for your work on GPS! You guys ROCK! We had minimal follow up and every single area made the regional deadline. Thank you so much for your time and work on this project. We appreciate you all!!
Required Snow Skiing/Boarding Insurance Forms
Our friends in the Risk Management department have an updated 2016-2017 snow sport participation packet. These required forms will help assist you with medical coverage issues which arise during snow skiing/boarding activities.
Each ski/boarding participant must complete these forms before the trip and areas need to submit these forms to the Insurance/Risk Management Department before the trip. Please remember areas need to report all participant information whether or not insurance is purchased. Skiing and snowboarding in compliance with these guidelines will help us prevent a large number of the accidents which occur.
Adult Guest Registration
Are you work on identifying Adult Guest’s for the coming summer? Spots are still open.
Please remember that we are looking for people to provide exposure to Young Life for individuals who can have a significant impact in the development of their local area or on the mission as a whole. As you consider who to invite to be an adult guest, focus on those who will joyfully engage with all camp activities and events. The hope is that the Adult Guests have the ability to significantly help the local Area, such as serving through leadership on the Committee. Include those who can influence public opinion about Young Life, such as a school superintendent, principal, head coach or community leader.
The adult guest experience is also for those who can help us in significant ways financially. Focus on your top TDS donors and donor prospects. It’s a way to thank donors and keep them involved. It is a way to further expose people to the ministry who have the capacity to make a major gift to Young Life if their knowledge and interest in Young Life is increased. We must be strategic in our allocation of adult guest spots and this is especially true of our relatives and second time adult guests. Thanks for your help.
Student Leadership Project (SLP)
Session II – Eastern University, Philadelphia July 10-20
Session III – July 25-August 4 location TBA
Upcoming Due Dates
- October 25 – Divisional GPS Day
- October 28- Regional Prayer Call 9-9:30am
- October 31 – Update Volunteer Accounts
- October 31 – Update YL Access Account
Update Your Area’s Volunteer Accounts Before October 31!
On October 31, Young Life volunteer accounts in Staff Resources will expire. Please review your list of volunteers and update active volunteer expiration dates to 10/31/17. Volunteers with expired accounts are not allowed to work with kids, will have their P Cards deactivated, and will no longer have access to Staff Resources.
Don’t miss this! Expiring Volunteer Accounts = Inactive Concur Users (card holders and approvers). So if a volunteer account expires, the associated Concur user and P Card will become inactive as well.
Here are instructions on how to update volunteer accounts in the volunteer manager application.
Action Item: Update volunteer accounts by October 31st.
New this year is the Confidentiality Agreement
New this year is the Confidentiality Agreement that we will need all volunteer leaders and staff to complete on staff resources. It should pop up on the first screen when they sign in. Please look at your staff volunteer rosters and see if all other screenings have expired or still need to be completed by current leaders. Background Checks and Faith & Conduct must be completed before leaders can do contact work with kids. Also, Driver’s Questionnaires need to be completed if volunteers are driving kids to or from YL events.
Fall GPS Update
It’s GPS season again! Starting this weekend on October 15, you can update your GPS statistics. Our goal is to have every ministry in the Northwestern Division updated by the end of the day onTuesday, October 25. Note: we are asking if you are busy on October 25 that you complete the process between October 15-24.
Here’s what to do:
1.Open GPS on Staff Resources by clickingthis link.
2. Click the tab for Committee Information.
– List your committee chair – if the name is not correct update the chair in volunteer manager.
– Edit the number of committee members.
– Edit the number of ministry support team members.
3. Click the Open Clubs tab and review your area’s clubs and ministries. Be sure each ministry meets the 5 CRITERIA THAT DEFINE A MINISTRY. If you need to open, close, or transfer a ministry in your area, complete this form before October 25. Only regional offices can change the ministries listed on this page.
4. Click the Edit Statistics icon and update your ministry stats. Hovering over the column titles will give you a description of each field. If you want to put “0” for Average kids, Total Club Cards, Average Discipleship, or Leaders please contact the region – we may need to close the ministry if all of the criteria are not being met
5. A few new things for this year in GPS:
– For each ministry be sure to specify if the ministry team leader is a full-time staff person, a part-time YL staff person, or a YL volunteer.
– Click on the ministry name and make sure if the ministry is a “multi-cultural ministry” that the “yes” option is selected.
– If a ministry is a club beyond (YL Military ministry), click the ministry name and select Edit and switch the ministry type to “Club Beyond”.
6. Click Update Statistics when you are finished (or your work will be lost).
Action Item: Update your areas GPS by October 25th.
Within the next week you will receive access to your 2016-2017 Cash Flow. With the start of the new fiscal year there were a number of changes to compensation levels and titles. Please take a second to check your October paycheck and confirm everything is correct. If changes need to be made, please contact Keith or Shannon.
Title changes are still being processed but should be complete by month end, please do not contact the service center regarding a title change.
Updating Your Young Life Access Account
As mentioned previously in the Monday Morning, by October 31, all “owners” of area Young Life Access accounts need to complete this information accordingly. This form will update your account. If you’re unsure if you’re the “owner” of your account, log into Young Life Access and your profile will say “owner,” “admin,” or “user.” This update is only for “owners”!
Please complete this form. Once completed, an email will be sent after your changes are made.Please fill out the form even if your area’s owner has not changed. Please email Leigh Winans, the administrator for all Young Life Access accounts, with any questions!
Action Item: All Young Life Access owners need to update their account by October 31st.