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January 2022

2021-2022 Youth Service Fund and Grant for Ministries with Young People Projects

By Chris Wilterdink

Every year, Young People’s Ministries is grateful for the opportunity to provide financial support to innovative projects that serve young people through our grant programs.

The Global Youth Service Fund uses money raised by annual conferences to fund projects that are by and for youth. These funds are identified and administrated following The United Methodist Book of Discipline, paragraph 1208.

The Grants for Ministries with Young People are provided from Young People’s Ministries’ program budget to support creative and innovative ministry with young people.

The application and selection process can take nearly an entire year, in part, because of the diligent reviews done by an international project review team. Due to COVID travel restrictions, that team met virtually to review and approve this years’ grant recipients. It can be a difficult job because there are often more applications than there are funds to provide. We are always proud of that diverse team and the time they volunteer to work through the grant applications.

2021-2022 Grant Projects

Global Youth Service Fund

  • Train and Empower Adolescent Girls, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ending the Violence, Empowering Survivors, West Africa
  • Glocal Leadership Project, South Georgia

Grants for Ministries with Young People

  • Leadership Academy, North Texas
  • LEAD Cohort for Young Adults, Western North Carolina and California-Pacific
  • Kulli Tuklo Tribal Youth Leadership, Oklahoma Indian Missionary
  • Young Leaders Academy, Zambales, Philippines
  • Community Garden in the Food Deserts of 3rd Ward, Texas
  • Bridge Builders, Mississippi

More information about the grant programs can be found at https://www.umcyoungpeople.org/grants.

Chris serves as Director of Young People’s Ministries for Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Chris has a BA in English Education, and an MS in Project Management, and over 15 years of local-church youth ministry experience. He is passionate about leadership and faith development in young people and helping ministry leaders understand their value in the lives of young people. A Stephen Minister, Chris is a native of Colorado living in Franklin, TN with his wife Emily, 2 children, and sausage-shaped beagle.