Educational Institutions

Youth With A Mission

  • Ocean City, NJ
  • http://www.ywamocnj.org

Mission Statement

Connecting, Equipping, and Sending Volunteers who Serve God in Every Area of Influence.

Main Programs

  1. Global Internships with Host Agencies
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We have mobilized 75 internships to 35 countries with students from over 100 colleges/universities in nine nations.

ruling year

1998

CEO since 1998

Self-reported

Rev. John T Henry

Keywords

Self-reported

Discipleship, Training, Community Development, Poor, Needy, Water, Education, Medical, Health Care, Christian, Students, Internships, Outreach, Campus, YWAM, Church Planting, Mobilization, Prayer, Conferences

Notes from the Nonprofit

Converge (www.ywamconverge.org) is for Christian students and emerging leaders actively searching for an internship or volunteer service assignment. It enables them to explore opportunities from a host of projects with partner organizations that match their faith, interests, and skills. Converge is an online platform where students can apply for international and community service projects, and receive theological training, fundraising support, and mentorship to prepare them to make the most of their experience.

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Also Known As

YWAM Ocean City, NJ

EIN

54-1882074

Physical Address

801 Asbury Ave. Suite 204

Ocean City, NJ 08226

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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To prepare Youth With A Mission staff for campus ministries and student mobilization projects, we run two primary programs:
A. School of University Ministries & Missions: We have trained over 100 campus ministry workers from Korea, India, Mexico, Hong Kong, Nepal, Thailand, Kenya, and the USA. We have presented the SUMM in India (3 times), Thailand, S. Korea, Colombia, and the USA.

B. Global Internships (formerly called Field Ministry Internships FMI):
The SMC has combined discipleship with short-term service alongside long-term projects through 75 internships to 35 countries with students from over 100 colleges/universities in nine nations.
Impact of the Internship Program:

Here is an example of how one student is making a lasting impact. Xian Wu was studying engineering, he said, “just to make my parents happy." While in East Timor in 2003, Xian stepped into our make-shift medical clinic when a small boy was brought in with burns all over his face. A kerosene lantern had fallen on him. Xian and I had lunch together in Hong Kong six years later. He said, “What you taught me on that internship left an indelible mark on me." He learned that God's mission is not to be relegated to church ministries; it includes the work of an engineer. Xian went on to start a company manufacturing solar-power LED lanterns.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Global Internships with Host Agencies

A growing number of young people motivated to make a difference and help solve world problems like poverty, HIV/AIDS, malaria, etc. However, many of them have little grounding in Biblical truth. We see the urgent need to mobilize a new generation of student volunteers from every academic discipline who will learn to think Biblically and who will preach and practice the Gospel of the Kingdom with relevance to the issues and needs of today.

We have launched a new cloud-based platform for internship placement & outreach connections with host agencies. It's called CONVERGE, a short-term learning-serving experience. Participants minister cross-culturally in situations related to their field of study. They gain academic credit serving one of many development and Christian missions partner projects in needy areas of the world.

Our distinctive projects provide a Biblical framework, personal discipleship, and community involvement to help students relate personally with Jesus while utilizing their specialized university training as they serve a world in need. These projects integrate the theoretical with the practical, the sacred with the secular, studies with service, the local with the global, and the personal with the corporate calling to make disciples of all nations.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$31,000.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    We will register no more than 50 internship opportunities for the summer of 2017. We are building our organization to support the platform.

    Through the years, various organizations, churches, and individuals have invested in our training and sending of student volunteers, including special contributions to help us develop the software for Converge. (See appendix for report on expenditures during the development phase.)

    We invite you to help us take Converge to young people like Xian who said: “What you taught me on that internship left an indelible mark on me."

    We ask that you become a sustaining member of our ministries through a $100/month contribution toward our immediate goals for 2016-17. Our goal with the necessary funding is to recruit key staff to form the organization necessary to take Converge to market. This organization must be able to support the mobilization hundreds of students annually by 2018.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our mission: Connecting, Equipping, and Sending Volunteers who Serve God in Every Area of Influence.

    Converge helps host agencies find pre-qualified short-term volunteers by quickly and easily designing their own internship program on the Create an Internship form online. Converge facilitates a student's learning, as they volunteer to make a real-world difference in a community.

    The Host initiates the opportunity and gives final approval for internship applicants. Every internship is validated through YWAM's international network.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    1. Host agency uses our online “Create an Internship" form to design a customized program.

    2. Students Search Site & Apply for opportunities that relate to their passions and career goals.

    3. Donors Support Students.

    4. Students choose a Mentor with cross-cultural from their own community.

    5. Students Connect in Online Course.

    6. Students Serve Host Agency.

    The big question, "What can I do here, with the time and resources that I have, to make a real difference?"

    The Host and Student agree on what will be the Final Converge Project Assignment.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Current Phase of Converge Launch with specific activities to be undertaken with this year's sustaining contributions (including timeline):

    Phase One: We are briefing YWAM leaders and network partners around the world through teleconference meetings about how to set up internship project opportunities. These meeting are for information purposes and to help us identify potential staff members for Converge. We will only approve a limited number of internship opportunities for the first phase until we have key staff in place.

    Phase Two: We must add the primary staff leaders during this phase, including Chief Operating Officer, Marketing Director, and Development Officer. We will post Internship Opportunities with restraint, scaling slowly in order to maximize the student, host, mentor, and donor experience. We will fill only a few Internship Opportunities with students to provide a high quality experience. Hosts will continue to register Opportunities, however we will exercise discipline. And we will develop and use key performance indicators and measures of success.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Development began in 2009 beginning with a SWOT analysis of our internships program and a prototype was completed in 2012. After 24 months of development, we released the Minimum Viable Product of ywamconverge.org. The following is a summary of the development phases and accomplished activities:

    Prototype (July-Dec '12)
    Created and tested the viability of the project through a prototype integrating Salesforce with a Wordpress site. Signed up 20 example host projects.

    Online Course (Jan-Mar '13)
    Redesigned curriculum for online delivery and placed the five phase course on Coursesites by Blackboard.

    Comprehensive Program Evaluation (Apr-Jun '13)
    Evaluated prototype and found 95% of those who began the online application dropped out. Performed a high level re-examination of all system needs based on user stories. Each User has expectations, thoughts and feelings, related to their involvement with Converge. Opportunities were programmed into the site and back-end work flow.

    Tech Team (Jul-Sep '13)
    Assembled tech resources and needs, including personnel and funding. Received $28,000 grant to hire software developers.

    Office & Volunteers (Oct-Dec 13)
    Continued Tech development. Secured office space and two local volunteers.

    Pilot Test (Jan-Mar '14)
    Continued tech development and tested Course site curriculum, including Mentor interaction, with pilot group in South Jersey. Decided Mentors should be chosen by student from their own community with the help of their pastor.

    Branding & Pre-launch Funding (Apr-Jun '14)
    Continued tech development and tested name for platform (changed from IPO Connection to Converge). Hosted our first annual fund raising banquet. Raised just under $4,000 at banquet. Received additional $4000 from colleague.

    Marketing Strategy & Final Designing (Aug - Sept '14)
    Hired SolomonRex Marketing consultants for $4500 and worked closely in development of strategy. Created a distinct brand identity to maximize our impact on students, constituents, and internal stakeholders. Streamlined student profile and fundraising capabilities, built a lead-generation funnel, completed approval systems, developed follow up email system to sustain community. Raised additional $7,000 through personal appeals.


Service Areas

Self-reported

International

We have mobilized 75 internships to 35 countries with students from over 100 colleges/universities in nine nations.

Social Media

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Funding Needs

In 2011 we received a continuing annual grant equal to $10,000 annually which includes ten User Licenses from Salesforce.com. In addition, we received 10,000 monthly emails from Vertical Response. We have used these powerful tools in our mobilization efforts, however there is much, much more we can do. In 2013, we completed the first stage of our new web site (www.ywamconverge.org) For 2014, we are programming Salesforce.com for our campaign to identify 100 internship host agency partners, which will have full integration with our web site, including a internship registry, applications, and back-office approval processes. (Estimated cost, if no IT volunteer is found: $30,000; cost with IT volunteer: $2,000) Operations funding are acquired through grants and private gifts. The Annual Fund assists director and staff for their travel and work on Projects as well as for ongoing Operations. Current 2016-17 Requirements: IT Programming                         $2,000.00 Accounting, Insurance                $5,000.00 Director's Travel:                        $9,000.00 Vehicle for Mobile School          $18,000.00 Total                                          $34,000.00

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Financials

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U OF N STUDENT MOBILIZATION CENTRE OF YOUTH WITH A MISSION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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CEO

Rev. John T Henry

BIO

John responsible for all aspects of YWAM Ocean City's operations including spiritual leadership, academic affairs, strategic planning, reliable administration, effective outreach and accountability of all personnel and resources.

John's passion for teaching and preaching combined with his National & International role in YWAM has taken him to over 35 nations of the world in proclaiming Christ and equipping the body of Christ. John is regularly invited as a resource speaker for Camps, retreats, Seminars and Churches, and Perspectives Courses. He is married to Mary and they are blessed with three lovely kids (Justin, Nathan, and Rebecca). They currently live and operate out of Ocean City, NJ bringing Executive Leadership to a new community of YWAM Staff in South Jersey.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"With the launch of the new Converge platform (www.ywamconverge.org), YWAM Ocean City, NJ (aka Student Mobilization Centre-SMC) has gone through a major strategy review and analysis of programs.

Before launching YWAM Ocean City, we led four Schools of University Ministries & Missions (SUMM) on three continents as the Student Mobilization Centre in USA & INDIA, KOREA, THAILAND and COLOMBIA. Our training program has produced several new YWAM Campus Ministries and projects in new locations.

After 25 years directing YWAM sponsored internships, we have developed Converge, a searchable registry of internship opportunities, a missional learning course, and a social fundraising platform to equip emerging leaders.

Past interns have installed water pumps, worked in orphanages, hospices, schools and clinics. They also helped plant churches and businesses. Over 340 students have served on 75 internship teams in 35 countries. Dozens of these young men and women are now leading in their fields with missional focus.

We have established a ministry presence and offices in Ocean City, NJ. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Geoff Isley

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
Yes
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our aim is to develop a multi-national, multi-generational, multi-ethnic staff team, board, and volunteers.