Turn $10 into $50,000 for YLI.
In 2006, Jeff Nelson, April McGlothin-Eller, and Cliff Bath set out on an adventure. They knew that young people in and around Detroit, Michigan were capable of leading the church and the world in conspiracies of goodness - and that we should do something to support them in that effort.
So the Young Leaders Initiative was launched as a United Methodist related non-profit to "engage young people as leaders for the transformation of the world" using the City of Detroit and the people and ministries here as a playground for that discernment, service and discipleship.
Now eight years later YLI has helped thousands of young people connect their Christian faith with action in the world through:
YLI is now participating in the RiseDetroit Charity Challenge on Crowdrise.com If you could support our important ministries with young people with as little as a $10 donation, we have the chance to receive the grand prize of $50,000 from Mission Throttle and the Fisher Foundation.
I count my work with YLI as a great privilege and thank every participant, church partner, volunteer and neighbor who has made this ministry possible. Thanks and happy sharing! (see the widget on the right to donate or share our fundraiser with your social networks!)
This week, Motown Mission launches its 10th year of hosting youth mission teams for "economic disaster recovery work" in the City of Detroit. We want to take a minute to thank Metro UMC for hosting us - even as we've grown from 7 participants to 700! We want to thank Birmingham First UMC for launching Motown Mission as a one week middle school trip and then sending the program on to grow into what it is today. We want to thanks all our amazing partner orgs who've put together weeks and weeks of work for our volunteers. We want to thank all the Detroit neighbors who have greeted our volunteers warmly, made coney dogs for them, and put up with our amateur paint jobs.
If you are in the vicinity of Birmingham First UMC on July 20th, 2014 we invite you to come and celebrate some of the best moments of the last 10 years and to say thanks to the folks that helped launch this important ministry. We'll be presenting some pictures and stories, and there may even be cupcakes.
Thanks all, and thanks to God who makes all things possible.
The Motown Mission Team
Be our guest.
We are excited to announce YLI's new permanent housing option for visiting ministry teams, volunteer groups, and more. The Foundry House will serve as Motown Mission and Transforming Leaders staff housing during summers and will be open to groups of all kinds as housing during their Detroit-based mission and ministry visits. Churches, ministries, and other organizations across the city are invited to use this facility to house their own volunteers. Longer-term residents may include intentional communities and college students.
Please visit the Foundry House Page for more details and consider yourself invited to be our guests!
YOU ARE INVITED
YLI is pleased to be leading an effort to build an online discovery, engagement, and crowdfunding tool for United Methodist connected ministries that place young adults in missional engagements around the world. revGO.org will be designed to help these ministries: engage THOUSANDS of young adults from HUNDREDS of United Methodist and other churches as they serve with DOZENS of UMC-related mission and service programs sharing God’s love and justice while discerning God’s call in their lives.
If you'd like to hear more about revGO! please visit the site and sign up for our pre-launch email list. Also, please let us know if you have suggestions of programs who might benefit from using the site to help their young adults raise support, tell their stories, and launch lives of ongoing missional engagement and deep discipleship.
YLI programs such at Motown Mission, Transforming Leaders, Detroit Villages, and WSU Catalyst all plan to take advantage of this new tool and we thank the Young People's Ministries of the GBOD for the DMYP Grant that has made this project possible.
Looking forward to supporting this movement of young people transforming our church and world.
The YLI Team
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Motown Mission Sets Eight Year Record
DETROIT, Michigan (August 12, 2012) - In its eighth year as a Christian mission trip destination the Motown Mission Experience has completed its largest service season to date. Between March and August Motown Mission hosted almost 600 participants from 35 churches around the country - a 200 person increase from 2011. Motown Mission, a program of the United Methodist Young Leaders Initiative located in the Detroit Renaissance District, has now contributed over $842,000 in volunteer time and project materials to neighborhoods and ministries across Detroit.
Begun in 2005 as a one week trip for Middle School students from Birmingham First UMC, the Motown Mission Experience has grown into a premier mission destination for United Methodist youth and others. While in Detroit, teams are housed at Metropolitan UMC and work with ministry partners around the city like the Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation and the NOAH Project. Work projects include home repairs, green deconstruction of vacant buildings, tree planting and urban gardening, feeding work, and helping lead the Metro Kidz Day Camp at Metropolitan UMC.
This year 10 youth groups from Michigan Area churches participated in service weeks along with 11 other UMC groups from as far away as the Dakotas Conference. Fourteen other groups from various Christian churches helped fill out the Summer during which Motown Mission hosted its largest single week ever with 130 participants in mid-July. Plus, another 16 church groups donated and served meals to the Motown participants throughout the season.
Each afternoon Motown work teams were encouraged to explore the City of Detroit through excursions to Belle Isle, the Detroit Institute of Arts, La Gloria Bakery and more. Each evening Motown Mission staff led sessions about the history of Detroit and devotions to help participants connect their hands-on work to our scriptural calling to partner with the poor. Once each week all participants were treated to a Detroit Tigers baseball game or other fun cultural event.
With a grant from the United Methodist Union of Greater Detroit and a Crowdrise.com project that raised over $5,000 the Motown Mission Experience was also able to hire 12 interns to serve as coordinators for this ministry. These college students from around Michigan and beyond led projects, hospitality, and devotional programs during the Summer. They also lived together in an intentional Christian community house in the North End neighborhood of Detroit, and spent Friday afternoons meeting with ministry leaders in order to discern God's call in their lives.
In 2013 Motown Mission will be expanding both its Spring Break and Weekend Mission Trip offerings in order to welcome even more students to Detroit for "economic disaster recovery work in the love of Jesus Christ." For more information about Motown Mission please visit www.motownmission.org
Carl Gladstone, Motown Mission Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Friends, this has been an amazing season of "engaging young people as leaders for the transformation of the church and world." As you can see in the picture above, our WSU Catalyst students are busy with their ministry projects raising funds, donations, and awareness of issues in the world like poverty, shoelessness, and sharing Agape care for their peers in the midst of stressful finals! What a great crew, and this year we've been so blessed to welcome many new supprting churches of this re-established campus ministry in Detroit.
Then we've also begun our amazing 2012 record breaking season of Motown Mission teams. This year we welcomed two Spring Break groups and will continue in June to welcome our 530+ Motown Mission participants for economic disaster recovery work alongside our wonderful Detroit neighbors and partners.
Lastly we are celebrating the reboot of our Metro Youth Encounter program which, in partnership with the Detroit Renaissance District Youth, recently gave out $1000 in micro-grants to UMC youth groups metro-Detroit who presented innovative ministry ideas at the DRD Youth (re)Birthday Party. In follow up and support with these youth ministries we're excited to be reclaiming our role encouraging intercultural immersive experiences that lift young people up as transformative leaders in our local congregations and communities.
This has really been a time of experiencing the wealth of young people, their energy and ministry ideas that is all around us in Detroit-area United Methodism. Thanks for all of you who support young people in your local churches and we invite all to find ways to continue that support and mentoring of youth and young adults as we continue in ministry together.
Director of the Young Leaders Initiative
It is that time of year again when YLI begins our search for the next class of young adults ready to spend their Summer serving God by serving others in the City of Detroit. If you or someone you know might be a good candidate, please direct them to our shared INTERNSHIP APPLICATION.
The other piece of this exciting puzzle that we're hoping to get a jump on this year is our intern housing options. We are looking for a house in which up to 12 interns can live, create intentional Christian community together, and
interact with their neighbors. If you own a home, or know of possible housing options in the City, please let us know who we might contact about that. We've found that this intentional community portion of the intern experience is deeply transformational, and gives our interns a deep love for Detroit and all God's children who live there.
Thanks for your continued support and we look forward to another awesome intern season!
This year the Young Leaders Initiative continues in it's mission to engage young people as missional leaders for the transformation of the church and world. With the support of partner churches we have expanded our programs and plan to be an integral part of the emerging ecosystem of young people's ministries in the new Detroit Renaissance District.
YLI's Motown Mission Experience roared into it's 7th Summer hosting 400 youth from around the country for weeks of Christian service in neighborhoods around Detroit.
This program and the new Metro Kidz Day Camp at Metropolitan UMC were staffed by 10 amazing college interns serving through YLI's Transforming Leaders program. These young adults live in intentional community in Detroit, serve through various ministries, and participate in spiritual discernment about how God is calling them to serve throughout their lives.
In the Fall YLI will continue with a third year of restoring United Methodist campus ministry among the students of Wayne State University. Now in partnership with the DAC Board of Higher Ed. and Campus Ministry, this program will be seeking sustaining partnerships with local churches who care deeply about supporting radical discipleship among college students in Detroit.
Finally, both our Metro Youth Encounter and Emergedetroit/Detroit Villages continue to nurture young people as leaders for youth ministries and as creators of new local expressions of Christian Community. This year both will be looking at some transitions in method and focus to connect better with district youth and new church start initiatives within our Connection.
We thank all our partner churches and donors for their dedicated support this past year and look forward to continuing to celebrate together the inspiring presence and leadership of young people in our church!
Been a busy season, accepting intern apps from around the state and beyond. Happy to let all YLI supporters know that this year's crop of young people ready to serve and live in Detroit for the Summer are stellar.
We'll have two great teams of Transforming Leaders and Motown Mission interns living in community together and working to serve God by serving others. One team will be coordinating Projects, Program, and Hospitality for Motown Mission weeks. The other will be helping launch a new neighborhood children's program with Metropolitan UMC in memory of Mary Ryckman - a long time member there and friend of us here at YLI who had a passion for nurturing young people in the faith and who passed away this past New Years.
All this, along with our record breaking numbers for Motown Mission (400 or so participants over 7 weeks!) will make Summer 2011 a real watershed year in the ministry life of YLI.
If you would like to support YLI by supporting one of our programs/projects I invite you to visit our Crowdrise page and either become a donor, or a viral fundraiser by starting your own project to support YLI.
Thanks and peace,