U.S. Military Teens in England– January 2015: U.S. Military Chaplaincy contracts enable the placement of MCYM staff as government civilian contractors on-base and are mission-critical, providing staff with rapid credibility in the military community and mission-essential access to on-base facilities and military teens living on base. Therefore IGWT partnered with MCYM through a $20,000 grant to provide stability and continuity to teens living with their overseas military parents in England. At each MCYM Program location, MCYM Field Staff and Volunteer Leaders engage in the following ecumenical activities to reach out to the teen-aged children of active duty U.S. military members:
- Engage military teens in the church by running high-quality, ecumenical Chapel Youth Programs
- Reach out to military teens outside the church through Club Beyond program activities such as:
- Investing in the lives of teens by “hanging-out” to build authentic and meaningful friendships
- Creating trust in relationships to facilitate mentoring and sharing Christ’s love unconditionally
- Run weekly Club Beyond meetings: a fun, welcoming, and safe place with messages on-level for teens
- Provide exciting activities such as game nights, ski trips, and outreach/adventure camping trips
- Offer meaningful in-depth experiences through work-service projects and weekly Bible studies
U.S. Military Teens in Spain – November 10, 2014: Your organization was privileged to make a $5,000 grant to Military Community Youth Ministries to provide stability and continuity to U.S. military youth stationed overseas with their Florida military parent. Military installations are often isolated. Military teens are frequently uprooted from familiar settings and moved from one foreign country to the next with language, culture and customs they don't understand. This grant partnered with MCYM to provide educational weekly 90 minute meetings, retreats (approximately one per semester), special activity nights, lock-ins, and work service projects for military teens presently stationed with their United States military parents in Spain. All of these activities are well chaperoned, and have high ratios of volunteer leaders for kids in attendance. The problems and struggles of military youth and teenagers are amplified because of their context.
U.S. Military Teens in Italy– January 2015: $5,000 was granted to Military Community Youth Ministries in Vicenza Italy as part of its “Worldwide Safety Net” for America’s Military Teenagers to provide a more consistent presence of Christian adult mentors for military teens and a positive and familiar program for increased stability and support to help teens successfully transition across frequent military family relocations across the globe. America’s Military Teenagers are at-risk as they frequently relocate with their military parents.
The U.S. military rotates approximately one-third of its forces annually. Therefore, military teens are moving to a new “home” every 18 – 30 months on average. These frequent moves and other stresses of military life place military teens at higher risk than their civilian peers. However, the unique upbringing of military teens also fosters greater potential for them to become future leaders in our country and future world-changers in God’s kingdom.
This grant is IGWT doing its part.
Rota, Spain, 12-30-2014 - Thanks to those who purchase Florida’s In God We Trust specialty license plate, the Organization was able to give a $5,000 grant to provide educational weekly 90 minute meetings, retreats (approximately one per semester), special activity nights, lock-ins, ski trips, summer camps, and work service projects for United States military youth stationed near Rota Spain with their military parents.
This will benefit approximately 50 youth. All of these activities are well chaperoned, and have high ratios of volunteer leaders for kids in attendance. Military installations are often isolated, and military teens are frequently uprooted from familiar settings and moved from one foreign country to the next with language, culture and customs they don't understand.
This amplifies the problems and struggles of military youth and teenagers. And this grant though Military Community Youth Ministries will provide dependability and guided continuity for them in that environment.
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