Mentoring in first person: Rich and Cedric’s story

It was September 2016 when Cedric, a freshman at Springfield High School, was matched with a mentor, Rich Warren, Pastor at Trinity Missionary Church in Springfield. Today Cedric is in 10th grade, involved with ROTC, and wants to join the military after high school. We sat down with Rich and Cedric to learn what mentoring is like for them.

Cedric and Rich, at a recent hang-out at McDonalds — one of their favorite spots.

Q: What’s something you like about mentoring?

Cedric: You get time to see how other people’s lives are, how they feel.
Rich: I like talking together, helping him with homework sometimes, being part of his life.

Q: What do you do together?

Cedric: We might eat one week and read a book together the next week. We’ve gone to a park and played Frisbee golf.

Q: Any favorite memory or funny things that have happened?

Cedric: We were Frisbee golfing at Buck Creek State Park. We threw the Frisbee and it went the wrong way. We couldn’t find it and had to look for it the next week – but we found it!

Q: How does mentoring help you?

Cedric: I get time with just my mentor, talking about how my week went, getting stuff off my chest. Mentoring pushed me to get my first job – I just got hired at Kroger.

Q: Has anything surprised you about mentoring?

Cedric: I knew he was a pastor, but it surprised me when we went to his church and he let me play the drums one time.
Rich: It surprised me how easy it’s been to connect with Cedric.

Q: What’s something you like about each other?

Cedric: We always figure out a way to get together or at least connect by phone. And we laugh at the funniest things.
Rich: His dedication to meeting.

Q: What would you tell someone thinking about being a mentor?

Cedric: It’s a good time to get to know someone.
Rich: The small impacts you have on a kid’s life are really worthwhile.

Q: Anything else you want to tell people about mentoring?

Cedric: The bond you can have is really important. And you always have a good time.
Rich: I hope we can stay connected, even after he’s 18.

We currently have 11 boys and 5 girls on the waiting list for a mentor in Springfield. Want to learn more about how to become a mentor? Click here!

So, what’s a Table Host?

Each year SCYM holds the SCYM Spring Dessert, a fundraiser that gives attendees a behind-the-scenes look at afterschool programs like GirlPower, Biz Ba$ics and STARS! It’s a time to rally around Springfield kids and take steps toward a brighter future for our city.

This year is SCYM’s 20th Anniversary and the Spring Dessert will be focusing on what’s happened in the last 20 years, plus a pretty exciting announcement that you don’t want to miss.

Table Hosts are responsible for inviting 8-10 friends to attend this free event (and eat yummy, locally made sweets) on either Monday, April 9th or Tuesday, April 10th at 7PM. There will be a Dessert Preview (February 27th at Noon or 7PM) where Table Hosts will pick up invitations, be briefed about the Dessert, and given tips on how to fill your table.

There is no cost to be a Table Host, but if you would like to be a sponsor (at $300 or $1,000) click here!

To sign up to be a Table Host, just send us an email at! We can’t wait to see you at the 2018 SCYM Spring Dessert!

Help Springfield kids through a Spring Dessert 2018 Sponsorship!

What if we told you that you could help hundreds of Springfield kids through quality programs, and feature your business at the same time? The Spring Dessert banquet, SCYM’s signature fundraising event, is coming up on April 9-10, 2018, at the Hollenbeck-Bayley Conference Center. Admission to the Spring Dessert is free, with a lineup of inspirational testimonies, videos, and activities that highlight the cause of Springfield kids, and an invitation to donate for those attending.

Last year, SCYM hosted back-to-back evening desserts with 500 people attending in total.  We have two sponsorship levels for the event, with a goal of raising $40,000 over the two nights. Recognition is provided at both levels and detailed below.

  • $300 level (Table Sponsor)
    • Name recognition in program
    • Colorful logo at one table each night
    • Not required to fill table
  • $1,000 level (Event Sponsor)
    • Logo in scrolling event PowerPoint
    • Link to your page on SCYM’s regularly updated Facebook
    • Your full-color ad in program
    • Colorful logo at one table each night

Because local restaurants and bakeries donate the evening’s desserts, overhead is low and all sponsorships go directly back to impacting the 600+ Springfield kids SCYM will serve this year.

If you would like to be a Spring Dessert Sponsor, click here to get started. It takes just a minute, but your impact lasts all year!

If you have questions about being a Spring Dessert Sponsor, Eryca or Faith would be glad to help. Give us a call at (937) 325-6183, or email and someone will get back to you right away.

Be part of the team on Giving Tuesday: Because kids are worth it!

Did you know that you have a superpower for good? It has to do with your influence on the people you know to give. Here it is:

Your voice is 60 times more powerful to influence your peers’ giving than any other person’s. That means that no matter how well an organization can tell people about a cause — your voice matters more!

The simple act of you explaining why a cause is important to you, and inviting your friends and family to give, is 60 times more likely to raise money than if the organization simply invited those same people to give.

Think about it! That’s a superpower you might not have even known you had.

And if you have a Facebook page, there is a new, really easy way to invite people to give: Facebook Fundraisers.

On Giving Tuesday, November 28, we’re looking for 30 friends willing to host a Facebook fundraiser for $100-$200 to support life-giving programs for kids. (Facebook is even waiving all donation fees on Giving Tuesday!) $200 is enough to support one kid in SCYM programs for EIGHT MONTHS!

We serve a generous God, and we think He’s pleased to see generosity spread like wildfire.

Ready to take 60 seconds and learn how to set up your Facebook fundraiser? Here’s all it takes:


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.

A team examines a product at Fair Trade Winds to identify what supplies and tools were needed to make the product.

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!