Biz Ba$ics kids experience downtown Springfield at the “Tour de Biz”

Yesterday 30 of our Biz Ba$ics Entrepreneurship students from Schaefer and Roosevelt Middle Schools and Springfield Christian School headed to downtown Springfield for a field trip like none other: The Tour de Biz.

Eight businesses and organizations hosted six teams of kids for challenges related to running a business on this Amazing-Race-style field trip. Teams had 90 minutes to complete as many challenges as possible. For many kids, it was their first time going into any of these businesses. Thanks to the support of so many fantastic partners, not only did Springfield kids have fun and learn business principles hands-on, their world also got a little bigger. Thank you for making it possible!

John Landess coaches a team at the Turner Foundation through a challenge to use their product or business for community good.


Students work together at Security National Bank to complete a change-counting challenge.

Representatives from Wallace & Turner work with a team on a Customer Communication challenge at Un Mundo Cafe.

Snow Cove owner Micah Level shows students how to create a shaved ice flavor during a Product Development challenge.

Who Has Time to Volunteer?

Who has time to volunteer? Well, Matt, Jerome, Cydnee, Sam and Maggie do!

Have you ever wondered what a SCYM afterschool volunteer looks like? We asked a few of our new and returning afterschool volunteers about their experience. They gave some great responses!

Matt Rugh: Matt is a retired middle school principal and current youth director at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. Matt’s starting his second year as a driver for Manpower Afterschool Program.

Jerome Vinson: Jerome is a realtor with Real Estate II. You’ve probably seen his name! This fall he started volunteering with STARS after school at High Street Nazarene.

Cydnee Gaines, Sam Watson, and Maggie Mullens: These three are students at Wittenberg University. They may be new to Springfield, but that hasn’t stopped them from jumping into their community.


Interested in joining these guys? We’ve still got places for you to serve kids, including:

BIZ BA$ICS: Mon or Tues 4:00-6:00pm; Wed 3:00-4:30pm. Tuesday help needed urgently!

DRIVERS: Tuesdays 3:45-4:00

BACKUP DRIVERS: Mon, Tues, Wed, or Thurs 3:45-4:00

STARS friends/homework helpers: Mondays 3:00-5:30 or any portion you can come

Email us at or call (937)325-6183 to get connected!



Hear that drop? There’s a wave of change coming.

Here’s a confession: Working with kids usually feels like putting drops in a bucket. It’s slow, often unremarkable, and the moments you have with kids can seem insignificant.

But I’ve learned that over time, those slow and steady drops add up, until one day there’s a bucket full of drops that is ready to overflow: A life changed. A new perspective. A trusting relationship. In fact, I believe there’s no other way but slow and steady for kids to develop the most important life resources they need. It’s just how God has wired us.

Monthly giving is like that, too. Right now at SCYM nearly 60 people — we call them the “Overflow Club” — give a little bit each month, an amount that may feel like a drop to them. But over time that giving is overflowing into the changed lives of Springfield kids.

I’m writing with an invitation: Would you consider becoming a monthly giver? Giving the slow, steady kind of support that turns into changed lives for kids? 

There are three ways to give automatically each month: Through Paypal, Stripe, or bank account debit. Each one takes about two minutes to set up.

But here’s how significant monthly giving is: 100 people giving just $10 a month would mean an additional $12,000 for ministry to Springfield kids next year! That’s enough for 3 new afterschool program sites. 

Whether or not now is the right time for you to give monthly, we’re grateful to God for you. Our kids are blessed to have people like you in their corner, investing in those slow and steady moments that add up to overflow.

Could you show up for kids this fall?

If you close your eyes and listen close, you just might hear the sound of a bus rumbling down the street, or a school bell ringing, or kids’ voices shouting at recess. It’s August, and as fast as you can say, “Where did the summer go?”, kids will be piling back into their classrooms.

At SCYM this is Afterschool Program season. By mid-September, we’ll have a full house of Springfield kids signed up for four programs at 11 different weekly sites.

Those kids may come with specific needs like a good snack or dinner, or homework help. But the biggest need they’ll have is for positive attention:

Someone to listen. Someone to play a game or shoot baskets with them. Someone to laugh with them. Someone to ask good questions. Someone to hear how their day went.

It doesn’t sound like much to us … but for a kid it can mean the world!

Here’s what our grid of afterschool opportunities looks like for this fall:

Want to get started? Click here to take a quick survey about your availability and get more information. You might mean the world to a kid this fall!

What Kids Need More than SCYM

Fresh off the presses! Today over on the west side of Springfield, Camp Boost Summer Reading Clubs kicked off with a full house of kids in a brand new location: Maiden Lane Church of God.

We’re thrilled for lots of reasons:
— Kids on the west side of Springfield now have a Camp Boost close to them
— A whole new team of people is giving kids a summer reading boost
— More kids than ever are going to be part of Camp Boost this summer

But there’s one big reason why we’re thrilled to be partnering with our friends at Maiden Lane: Because kids who are vulnerable don’t just need a nonprofit. They need a family.

Kids need people who will love them, who will walk alongside them not just for a week or a month but for years. Kids need people who will share hope with them and help them grow in wisdom and maturity.

Guess what? That kind of family exists — in the Church!

The reality is that SCYM staff, even when you include several hundred volunteers each year, can’t possibly mentor and disciple long-term the more than 500 kids that come through our doors. We can’t follow kids for years as they graduate and become young adults and have kids of their own. But that’s exactly what the Church is designed to do.

So our favorite thing about Camp Boost Summer Reading Clubs is that when they are over, kids who don’t have a church can come back on a Sunday and find a family who will continue to love them, walk alongside them, and share the hope of Jesus with them.

Because a week of reading clubs is great, but a spiritual family for a lifetime is priceless.

Here’s our full list of church program partners:
Clifton Avenue Church of God
High Street Nazarene
Maiden Lane Church of God
Southgate Baptist Church
St. John Missionary Baptist Church
Westside Christian Community

Thank you to each and every church that joins up with SCYM to serve our kids — and to help them find not just a program but a home — this year.

2017 Camp Boost Registration is Now Open!

Registration for Camp Boost Summer Reading Clubs is now open! Camp Boost is free for any child age 4 through 5th grade completed (entering 6th grade). We’ve got a great lineup of clubs that will make reading fun, along with games, activities, breakfast and lunch, and learning from the Bible.

Camp Boost at Maiden Lane, June 26-30, 10:00-1:00: REGISTRATION CLOSED…thanks for a great week!

Camp Boost at High Street Nazarene, July 10-14, 9:00-12:30: REGISTRATION CLOSED…thanks for a great week!

Camp Boost at Clifton Avenue Church of God, July 17-21, 10:00-1:00: REGISTRATION CLOSED… thanks for a great week!

Camp Boost at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, July 24-28, 9:00-12:00: ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED … camp is full!

Want to join the Camp Boost team? We need teachers, classroom assistants, food team, registration help, and more! Learn more about getting involved with Camp Boost this summer.

Questions? Call the SCYM office at (937) 325-6183 or email

Buy a product; spark a dream

When we look around our city, it’s easy to spot the things we don’t want for our children: Drug addiction. Teen pregnancy. Dropping out of school. Violence. Dead-end futures. We see a headline and shake our heads and say, “Somebody needs to do something.”

The problem is, it’s not as easy as just telling kids not to take a pill or commit a crime. Sure, we should warn kids about things that are dangerous. But if information alone would change every young person’s path, we could just pass out flyers and be done. We all know that’s not enough.

Most kids don’t start using drugs or stop going to school because it seems like a great idea. They do it because they see nothing on the other side that outweighs the short-term good feeling. Most of the time, the kids involved in these dangerous activities don’t see a bright future ahead for themselves.

But on the other side, when young people have a strong sense of who God has created them to be, a vision for what their life can become, and the skills and community support to get there, guess what? They say no to drugs. They go to school. They walk away from that fight.

There’s a fancy term for this approach: Positive Youth Development.  It means we don’t just say “no” to kids, we help them find opportunities to discover who they are and what they love – and in SCYM’s case, the God who shaped them and loves them.

Positive Youth Development can look like many of the activities that we know are good for kids, that were important to many of us growing up: Sports, drama, music, educational pursuits, and so on.

Positive Youth Development is the heart behind many excellent afterschool programs in our city. At the Biz Ba$ics Entrepreneurship Program, Springfield middle school students who have an “entrepreneurial spark” inside them get an opportunity to develop it and let it shine. Students not only learn basic business skills, they also start and run their own small business, make their own product, and earn a profit they get to keep.

If you want to see things change in our community but don’t know how, here’s one really easy avenue: Come to an upcoming Biz Ba$ics Marketplace and buy a product from a Springfield kid. With the few dollars you spend, you’ll be helping to spark dreams and shape a young person’s view of their future.

Come join us at an upcoming Marketplace. You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll give Springfield kids a boost!

I hope to see you at a Marketplace soon!

Faith Bosland
Executive Director

“I hope that I can be a positive role model to these guys”

ManPower volunteers gather each week to encourage middle school boys and teach them about what it means to be a Godly man. Here’s what some of them had to say about their time at ManPower:

“I am encouraged seeing these kids become men. My hope for as the guys are getting ready to go into high school is that they are maturing and becoming leaders in and out of the classroom and setting an example for others.” -Eli Worley

“The biggest impression that I have been given is that this is a humbling experience and all these guys are willing to listen.” -Teddy Price

A huge thank you to the Phi Psi fraternity at Wittenberg University, who have been a fantastic support to Manpower. These guys are incredible leaders with big hearts for the community!

ManPower is open to the community! If you’d like to get involved, email Tyler at