Youth Service Fund (YSF) is the national United Methodist mission fund supported by youth. Through YSF, United Methodist teens raise money for other teens doing ministry in their churches and communities impacting poverty, illiteracy, delinquency and social justice.
The Youth Service Fund is a unique ministry because it is run completely by, with and for youth. Youth contribute the money, they decide what projects receive the money, and the projects supported are youth-designed, youth-led, and benefit youth. Youth from everywhere may apply for funding. Applications are due by June 1 for funding to begin the following calendar year for successful projects. Project categories are: Faith Sharing and Outreach, Leadership Development, Scholarship, Ministry with At-Risk Youth, and Agricultural/Vocational.
YSF provides a way for youth to be in REAL ministry with each other. An offering may be accepted in each local church on the first Sunday in May (or any Sunday your church designates as YSF Sunday). Offering envelopes may be ordered from the Conference office at no cost to you. Youth Service Fund Recognition certificates may also be obtained to honor someone in a special way in return for giving a gift to YSF.
Hold a YSF FUN-draiser in your local church or youth group!
Here are some ideas to get YOUR creative juices going!!
Create and sell Love or Friendship notes hand-delivered at church events or retreats for .50 cents each.
Sell “Sweets for Someone Sweet,” candy with notes attached. Hand deliver or have a pick-up table “post office” at church.
Sell paper plates of whipped cream for .50 cents each for a pie-in-the-face throw (or try wet sponges!).
Hold sales of box lunches after church; chili after a cook-off; refreshments at church socials; po-boy sandwiches; or baked goods on Sunday morning.
Sponsor a “Festival of Gifts and Talents.” Vote with money for the best performance… or get every act off the stage ONLY by raising enough money!
Sponsor a games and pizza all-nighter for other youth groups; charge admission.
Host a “young love” dinner for couples with babysitting, a candlelight dinner and romantic music.
Sponsor a walk-a-thon, bike-a-thon, rock-a-thon, rake-a-thon, etc. with pre-paid pledges.
Take donations for babysitting, chores, parents’ night out.
Host a themed dance, i.e. Rock-n-Roll, ‘80’s .
Offer singing telegrams for Valentine’s Day.
Charge admission to a dinner theatre or variety show.
Challenge another youth group or district to see who raises the most money. The group raising the least amount has to do something special… silly… or crazy… that is agreed upon in advance.
Cutest baby picture contest (vote with money)
YSF Fishbowl for loose change (for the whole congregation)
Athletic/social nights (e.g., volleyball game, dance, game night) and charge to participate.
Designate a special offering for YSF at your annual Youth Sunday worship service.
The YSF Challenge: Sacrifice a soft drink or milk at lunch once a week, and drink water. Give the money saved to YSF. If every United Methodist youth could accomplish this, we could fund every application for help!
For more ideas and information, visit National YSF Website.
Total Funds Distributed $6,000