Youth Work

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What does it look like to be a Youth Worker?

It looks like walking the hallways of a high school and connecting with students throughout the ups and downs of their day.

It looks like attending an awesome early morning breakfast club for youth who do not get fed breakfast or families who can’t afford a strong meal for their kids to start off the day. It may look like hanging out and serving bagels, but it means having the opportunity to interact with hundreds of students each week. It means that these youth have a familiar face to connect with and, as we build trust, I may be that someone who can walk alongside them through the hard times.

It looks like joining the humanitarian club at the school, to help interact with youth about issues facing our world and to work alongside them to help make positive changes as we give back to the community.

It looks like leading new projects.  In September, I began leading our new Student Life initiative.  Our team recruited students from across the district for mentoring and training.  We have partnered with the Ambassadors of Compassion program to assist youth in developing resilience as they face their future.

It means that I build deeper relationships with youth. Relationships that are not just reactive to the intense needs they have in the moment, but that work together towards a better tomorrow.

It means so much to me to finally be working in full time ministry after years of training.  The relationships I am building now are with youth that I will be able to walk with for years to come. I currently have enough funding to work four days a week until June 2018.  Beyond that the future is uncertain. Through this I am being given the opportunity to rely more upon the Lord for the resolve and the funding to remain a stable presence in the lives of these youth.

I believe that God has planted me here and I have faith that, along with His great love and the generosity of my friends and family, I can continue to do this awesome work. Thanks for all of your support. It does not go unnoticed.

- Savannah Deepwell


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