Spokane Youth For Christ
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2017 ANNUAL REPORT

Another Year for the Books.

 
 

Thanks to the prayer, partnership, and generosity of friends like you, 2017 was an incredible ministry year for us. This year, we doubled our ministry reach!
Scroll to read some of the things we're
praising God for this year.

 

In 2017 Spokane YFC
doubled its ministry reach!

 
 

This year we:

Opened two new youth centers in Downtown Spokane & North Spokane.

 

Downtown:

This new youth center, positioned on the corner of 3rd & Howard in the heart of Downtown Spokane, began reaching the community in January of 2017. This center has joined our other YFC locations in West Central, Hillyard, and North Spokane in our city's most at-risk and under-resourced communities. YFC's downtown center is just a block away from Lewis and Clark High School, and in addition, is open to the 2,000 youth that call the streets of Spokane home. One of our church partners, Mosaic, generously offered to let us run this youth center in the basement of their new building.

We're eager to continue growing this new ministry focused on directly combatting homelessness and human trafficking; two issues that are deeply affecting youth in our downtown corridor.


 

Spokane's rate of homelessness is

33%

higher than the
state average


 

2,036

Students attend lewis and clark high school, one block away from our newest youth center


 

2,000

the number of homeless youth living in spokane

One study found that

77%

of youth caught in sex trafficking were homeless at the time it first happened

 
 
 

This year we launched a brand new core ministry program: Unified Underground 

 
 

An introduction to Spokane YFC's newest ministry program, Unified Underground (UU).

UU is a ministry of YFC that focuses on reaching underground subculture youth with the gospel of Christ nationwide -- youth of the anti-social or anti-establishment persuasion, ie. punks, goths, the hardcore music culture, gamers, underground hip-hop, tribal skateboarder & snowboarding cultures,  etc. It takes time to become a member of nonconformist groups like this, and our goal is to meet kids where they’re at by creating space for relationship building around their unique area of interest.

WHY UNIFIED UNDERGROUND IS NECESSARY:

No organization has specifically focused on reaching the outcast groups of the underground subcultures until
now. YFC has embraced this call to be the flagship for reaching the subcultural tribes of youth that exist in the
United States. These youth are in desperate need to know that Jesus Christ loves them just as they are,
regardless of their personal appearance or unconventional interests. 

WHAT MAKES UNIFIED UNDERGROUND UNIQUE:

What sets our ministry apart is the people we are called to reach. Underground subculture youth associate
themselves with the tribe they best identify with (e.g. punk, hardcore, metal, hip-hop, goth, skateboarders,
snowboarders, etc.), often to the exclusion of others. Our UU staff and associate staff are from and continue to
be a part of the cultures they reach. Our staff is strategically recruited because they know the social morays and
tribal youth cultures they are reaching.

OUR METHOD:

UU hosts local shows and allows both Christian and secular bands to mingle within their culture. We organize
events and trips that allow shared experiences to occur, such as skate and snowboarding trips, or gaming tournaments. We employ YFC’s “3 Story” model that leads to changed lives (Their story, My story, God’s story). In addition we hold weekly Bible studies to educate subcultural youth who are normally opposed to any form of organized religion. Our UU Bible Studies become a bridge to faith and eventually the church as we foster discipleship. Currently we have a number of strong indiginous leaders leading weekly bible studies at a local skate park to reach their own friends. 


UU was able to grow it's skate and surf trip attendance by

33%

in 2017! The trip continues to be one
of the highlights of the summer for
our action sports ministry.


On average

45 kids

attend one of our skate outreach ministries and bible studies every week. We've completely outgrown our current indoor skate site!

 

This year at Unified Underground:


over 50

youth have been mentored in creative arts, or taught to run & utilize recording equipment in some way! Eight creative kids have recorded original
music in our studio.

 
 
 

CAMP

 
 
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"Camp gave me the extra push to really help myself realize that I needed God in my life, and it opened my eyes to all the wonderful things he had been doing for me... my future holds many questions and challenges, but I I'll always have a strong support group every step of the way."

- T H O M A S (10th grade)

2017 was our most packed
camp season to date...

110

youth were able to spend a week at summer camp, a place where they're able to step away from hard things at home and just be a kid!

31

adult leaders joined Spokane kids at camp this year. This meant that our student to leader ratio was healthier than ever, allowing leaders to invest more intentional time into each and every kid at camp in ways that can be difficult to replicate during regular weekly ministry.

 

 

will you join us in
giving life to more stories?

 
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