2012 Grants

2102 Youth Service Fund Projects Recommended for Funding
Total Amount Granted: $55,000

Mimic & Wow – Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation, Nashville, Tennessee
Offers mentoring, spiritual & leadership development, employment & a pathway to college though ministry; Mimic & Wow teens involved in program will learn to develop & grow coffee & soap businesses in South Nashville. $4,000

Dying for Love – Bartley Temple UMC, Lakeland, Florida
Raises awareness of domestic violence & HIV for youth; programs include workshops on domestic violence & a second component of HIV educational / intervention programs. This project will provide professional counselors. $5,000

Good Samaritan Youth Project – Buen Samaritano UMC, Fort Worth, Texas
A service component to existing youth bible study for at-risk Hispanic youth in surrounding neighborhoods; youth invite other youth to attend bible studies & volunteer around community; also hope to collaborate with other Hispanic UMCs. $1,000

Girl At-Risk Empowerment Project – Women of Purpose International, Kampala, Uganda
An initiative in the slum areas around Kampala to help girls prevent or cope with the challenges they face; hope to accomplish community educational program about issues girls face such as abuse, pregnancy & disease. $4,000

Healthy Teen Mums for Healthy Kids – Kasijjagirwa Christian Fellowship, Masaka, Uganda
A drop-in centre that will equip & empower the incapacitated & isolated teen moms in order to help them cope with new parenting role; centre will provide pre & post pregnancy support & counseling services in addition to education of effective parenting, nutrition & childcare. $3,000

Destiny Empowered Youth – Destiny Family Church, Tororo, Uganda
Ministry which helps youth experience God through music; once a singing ministry, it has now expanded to include drama & dance in the church. Funds will help them record & publicize their work. $3,000

Cambodia Methodist Youth Leadership Training – Cambodia Methodist Youth, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Training for district leaders so they may be sent out to share & teach new skills; this training will create a grassroots network of youth leaders to continue work in a church lacking adult leadership. $3,000

Equip Orphaned Youth to Develop Their Skill in the Future – Vorgounu Self-Help Project, Accra, Ghana
Program which offers training & education to orphaned youth in Ghana. Training includes includes leadership development, farming techniques, & batik-making skills. $3,000

Special Action Group Initiative – The UMC, Tarlac, Philippines
Music ministry which incorporates leadership development through speakers & lecturers in order to influence others in church & community $4,000

Youth Empowerment Program – Worawora Methodist Church, Worawora, Ghana
Teaching young people vocational skills in order to keep them off the street & give them purpose. $3,000

Role of Christian Youth in Urban Governance Enhancement – Tanzeem-e-Nau-jawana (Youth Association), Faisalabad, Pakistan
Community based program that focuses on the strengthening of Christian faith. Use training, mentoring & networking to build up youth leadership. $8,000

Empowering Young People to Lead Change – Agortime Methodist Youth Association, Ho, Ghana
Aims to teach & strengthen young people, especially women, through educating & empowering them in order to stand up to key issues affecting the community. Issues include: women’s rights, education on HIV/AIDS, & learning about self-esteem. $3,000

Student Forum, “You are the Light of the World – 2012” – Youth Council, North-West Russia & Belarus AC (Eurasia UMC)
A leadership development event which exists to strengthen faith & hold workshops to focus on worship, spiritual exercises, media ministry, liturgy & dance. The goal is to nurture young adult leaders for church ministry. $10,000

Empowerment of the Youth in the Vorga Community for Discipleship… – Action Youth Fellowship, Accra, Ghana
A community outreach ministry with young people leading others to know God’s love. The young people also want to help churches in community build up effective youth workers & transformational leaders. $1,000


Information on Funded Projects

Total: 14 projects funded out of 37 reviewed

in Ghana
in Uganda
in Russia
in Pakistan
in Cambodia
in Philippines
projects in SEJ (Tennessee & Florida)
project in SCJ (Texas)
UM affiliated: 8 projects
Non- UM affiliated: 6 projects