The Trinity Youth Community Fund is an important part of the youth ministry at Trinity. This ministry, made up of 8th-12th graders, is where our kids identify, learn about, serve, and gift at least $5,500 annually to area nonprofits. This became a part of the youth ministry in 2002 with the goal to engage the youth in their community and help them put their faith into action outside the walls of Trinity. Since 2003, they’ve distributed about $86,000! Here is a list of Past Recipients.
The youth receive $5,000 from the congregation and other youth fundraising efforts, and then they raise an additional $500 (at least, often more) to help them take ownership of this project, and to assist, as needed, in covering administrative costs of copies, postage, food, etc. The mission of the TYCF is to help the youth integrate their faith into their giving, and to ultimately make the world a different place to live in for as many people as possible. The program is modeled after a similar program run in local schools by the El Polmar Foundation. This ministry is entirely youth-driven and typically involves 10 people each year — which makes it unique compared with any other ministry in our Synod. This ministry has become an integrated and integral piece of Trinity’s youth ministry.
Through this ministry, our 8th-12th grade youth have taken part in site visits to learn more about the organizations serving those in need and helped to share Trinity’s mission in ministry with over 300 non-profit organizations throughout Boulder County and the Denver-Metro area.
A typical year works as follows:
January – Organizational meeting to review program goals and timeline. This meeting includes learning about the range and needs within Trinity and of other non-profit organizations.
February – Youth decide on grant criteria, for example: which areas (health, housing, educational, spiritual, etc.) we would like to fund, what a successful proposal should include, and the number and size of grants we would like to fund. The youth also advertise the grant program to organizations and encourage them to submit proposals.
March – Interested organizations will submit proposals. Typically over 300 requests for proposals are solicited each year via mail and an e-mail is sent to all non-profits included on the Colorado Non-Profit Association e-mail group.
April – The youth will review proposals, meet with grant applicants and conduct on-site visits wherever possible. The youth will decide on grant winners.
May – The youth grant out the monies during both 8:00 & 10:30am Sunday morning worship services at Trinity.