2020 PROJECT SERVE L.A. APPLICATION GUIDE
FEBRUARY 14-23, 2020 LOS ANGELES, CA, USA
*please read this GUIDE before completing application
WHY LOS ANGELES?
In our opinion, the most effective way to live out short term missions, both for those going to serve and those being served, involves long term relationship and partnership. Youth for Christ runs a trip called California Breakaway over every Easter break. Calbreak has offered two Project Serve days on every trip. For the last 15 years they have gone to serve at Union Rescue Mission(URM) on Skid Row. Carmen Pahl, team leader of Project Serve LA, decided it would be valuable to offer a week long serving experience at URM in partnership with California Breakaway. For the first time ever Youth For Christ is offering a week long Project Serve team experience helping serve the homeless on Skid Row. For many of students that go on Calbreak, their Project Serve option day is the highlight of their experience.
THE NATURE AND WORK OF OUR MINISTRY
During Project Serve our goal is to serve the homeless people of Los Angeles as best as we possibly can. Union Rescue Mission (URM) has a number of serving initiatives that help embrace men and women experiencing homelessness with love and compassion. Their mission is to give the people hope and healing so that they may experience a changed life and a way home. The types of serving experiences range from emergency services, training and equipping men through building a solid biblical foundation, giving women and children a safe space live and escape homelessness, along with providing minor medical care and offering a learning centre to train and equip the people with new skills and abilities they can bring into the world. (For more information on Union Rescue Mission, please visit https://urm.org).
Project Serve Los Angeles will be participating in URM’s Urban Experience. Urban Experience is like nothing you’ve ever done before. For five days you’ll see for yourself what it’s really like in the heart of Skid Row. We will be camping out on URM’s rooftop. We will serve men, women, and children experiencing homelessness all while getting an inside look at one of the largest rescue missions in the country. (For more information on URM’s Urban Experience, please visit https://urm.org/get-involved/experience/)
*NOTE ABOUT PROJECT SERVE SCHEDULING
One of the first and most important lessons learned on a trip like this is that schedules don‘t always go exactly the way they are planned. The weather, waiting for supplies or equipment, waiting for direction from our hosts, etc; any number of factors will teach patience and flexibility. However, we want you to have an idea of how you will spend your time while on this PROJECT SERVE trip. A suggested itinerary will be provided closer to the departure date.
INTRO TO FUNDRAISING
Every Team Member will be asked to raise $1800 towards the total Project Serve budget. Fundraising happens though personal correspondence. All team members will be assisted and encouraged by their team leaders to reach their personal financial goals.
1. DEADLINE FOR DOLLARS
Deadlines for having your $1800 in to the YFC® Office are as follows:
$100 deposit required with application (refunded if applicant is not part of 2019 PROJECT SERVE LA team) *note - the $200 deposit is part of the $1800
$900 fundraised by TBD
$1800 fundraised by TBD
We will e-mail students a list of their donors bi-weekly. We recommend that students use this list to send thank you notes to donors, and to keep track of how well they are doing at meeting the deadlines.
If you become a PROJECT SERVE LA team member, you will receive a complete fundraising packet and a document named “THE GUIDE” at the orientation meeting. You will receive additional fundraising information
at team training sessions.
2. WHAT THE $1800 COVERS...
Round trip transportation from Saskatoon
Ground transportation in LA
All lodging and food
Saskatoon service project
Partial staffing costs
Pre-Trip & Post-Trip meetings and training
Fundraising materials and mail-outs
Extensive Travel Insurance
3. WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVEN’T RAISED $900 BY MAY 30, 2018?
Individual plane tickets must be purchased with team member’s names on the ticket. If $900 is not in by May 30, you will need to have a meeting with the trip director, and together come up with a plan to reach the goal and secure your place on the team.
4. SPENDING MONEY
We recommend that you bring between $150 US and $200 US in spending money for buying souvenirs and airport meals. All of your other costs while away are covered by the trip fee. A breakdown of what personal spending money is needed for will be provided to team members at the first meeting.
5. WHAT IF I RAISE MORE MONEY THAN $1800?
Additional funds raised will be used towards the general PROJECT SERVE LA ministry expenses. *Please note that donations given to Youth for Christ® for PROJECT SERVE cannot be refunded (Revenue Canada regulation).
You must have a passport to travel on Project Serve. To apply for a passport you need:
A certified Birth Certificate.
A Passport application form (Available from the post office).
Two passport photos (can be obtained at many quick-photo shops)
For more info on obtaining a passport, please click here
7. TEAM MEMBER COMMITMENT
Before you apply, make sure you are willing to agree to all of the team commitments:
I will attend ALL scheduled team meetings, training sessions, and fundraising events.
I will complete ALL pre-field, on-field, and post-field Bible Study and training materials sent by PROJECT SERVE.
I will conduct myself in a manner that will bring honour to Christ.
I will not to be critical of host culture, indigenous people, team members, or leaders.
I will follow PROJECT SERVE rules and instructions given by PROJECT SERVE leaders.
I will demonstrate a servant attitude and strong work ethic.
I will adhere to all PROJECT SERVE deadlines.
*Failure of team members to adhere to these commitments may result in their disqualification from PROJECT SERVE.
PROJECT SERVE L.A.
MANDATORY MEETINGS, TRAINING SESSIONS AND FUNDRAISING EVENTS
*Please make sure you are available for ALL of these dates BEFORE you apply.
You will sign a contract committing yourself to being at EVERY scheduled event.
Complete commitment is key to success!
*Sunday, Sept 15, 2019 - Project Serve Los Angeles Applications Due
*Friday, Sept 20, 2019 - Project Serve Los Angeles Team confirmed
Sunday, September 22 - 6:00pm - 7:15pm: PS LA Parent/Student orientation. Team members must attend
with at least one parent.
Sunday, September 29 - 2:00pm - 9:00pm: Team meeting
*Monday, Oct 7 - fundraising letters and email address list completed
Sunday Oct 27 - 2:00pm - 9:00pm: Team Meeting
Sunday Nov 17 - 2:00pm - 9:00pm: Team Meeting
*Sunday Dec 8 - 2:00pm - 11:00pm: Dessert Auction Fundraiser: Every team member required to fill a table of 8 people.
*Sunday Dec 14 - $900 IN
Sunday Jan 12 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm: PARENTS ONLY Informational Meeting
Friday Jan 24 - Saturday Jan 25: Project Serve Team Retreat
*Wednesday Jan 29 - ALL MONEY IN
Sunday Feb 9 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm: Final Team Meeting
FEBRUARY 14-23, 2020 PROJECT SERVE LOS ANGELES
*Wednesday TBD - thank you letters completed and e-mailed to YFC office
Sunday, TBD - 3:00pm - 6:00pm: thank-you letter stuffing