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!

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