In 1998 a group of community leaders came together out of concern for kids on the west side of Springfield, Ohio, and formed SCYM. SCYM now serves over 600 elementary and middle school students city-wide each year, with the help of more than 300 volunteers dedicated to “helping kids crush the odds with the love of God.” SCYM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Click here to view our Guidestar profile, including Form 990.
Tyler Worley: Executive Director
Tyler has been at SCYM since 2011 and has directed all SCYM programs except GirlPower. A Springfield native, Tyler and his wife, Krista, have two sons and one daughter, whom he is actively instilling with his love for baseball and wiffle ball. One of Tyler’s favorite verses for ministry is Luke 18:16: “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” (NLT) He and his family attend RiverSong Church.
Eryca Payne: Associate Director
Eryca brings the unique perspective of being a former SCYM kid! As a middle school student she was part of the STARS Afterschool Program at Westside, as well as the beginning stages of GirlPower. Later she began attending Westside where she began her walk with Christ. She is a graduate of Springfield High and Wright State University. She loves coffee, to travel and go on adventures, and attends Champion City Church. Eryca is married to Bryon, whom she first met at Clark Middle School, and they have a daughter and a son.
Simone Copeland: Mentoring & GirlPower Director
Simone comes from a big family and is very close with her 8 nieces and nephews. She enjoys writing poetry, playing and watching sports, and watching home renovation shows. Simone graduated from South High and Clark State with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has spent the last 8 years working with the students at Fulton Elementary. She attends Everyday Church.
Aaron Clark: $tartUp Director
Aaron is a lover of Jesus and enjoys music and ministry. You can find him all over town doing things for the Lord, as well as leading his worship band, ACAM. He is married to Cassandra and they have one beautiful daughter. They are a very active part of Restored Life Ministries.
Heather Beilawski: STARS Director
SCYM has partnered with Fellowship Spring Hill to add Heather to the team as the STARS Director. Heather has experience with children as a speech-language pathologist and she and her husband, Chad, have two daughters, whom she home-schooled. Heather enjoys ministry and is a KidsHope mentor at Lagonda Elementary school. She and her family attend Fellowship Spring Hill.
Clarence Moss: Wise Guys & ManPower Director
Clarence comes to Wise Guys with an incredible testimony of how much the Lord loves his children. He is a graduate from ITT Tech and is currently seeking an associates degree in Biblical Studies at Midwest Bible College. He and his wife, Kanesha, have three daughters, a son-in-law, and one granddaughter. While Clarence isn’t hanging out with middle schoolers at Wise Guys he’s the Jail Chaplain and videographer or watching movies (any genre will do). He attends Life in Christ Community Church.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values
MISSION: The mission of Springfield City Youth Mission (SCYM) is to help city school students grow in healthy directions spiritually, educationally, socially, and physically by:
– Following the teachings of Christ
– Building bridges between local churches and urban children and youth
– Developing creative, excellent programs
– Fostering environments where students are known and listened to
VISION: The vision of Springfield City Youth Mission is “Thriving youth, thriving community.”
- Hope-Filled Presence: Long-term consistency with children and youth that communicates their value and potential
- Relationships: Change happens and hope is grasped through meaningful relationships
- Love: We love one another, kids, and our community with a love that comes from God
- Church-centered: The church is God’s plan for hope, healing, and support for kids and their families
- Transformation/Growth: Moving ourselves and young people toward God’s vision for what we can be
- Safe Haven: Creating environments where each young person is known and feels cared for and builds trust with adults
- Collaborative Stewardship: Joining hands with others to handle all resources, including people, with care, attention, and respect
- Mobility: We are committed to go and partner with others where the community’s greatest needs exist