Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hype Club Music: DJ Promote's New Party Edits

Do you need some clean, hype music for club? Thankfully DJ Promote has hooked us up with some current edits. DJ Pack 5 just came out last week. These songs work great to play in the background as kids enter club or during games and mixers. (Thanks for the heads up Ty Gallenbeck!)

Download all 20 tracks on Bandcamp and pay what you want.

Track Listing

  1. Boom Boom Boom Mashup - Outhere Brothers, Tujamo, Kennedy Jones 
  2. Sweet Dreams vs Drums of War Mashup - Funky Craig, Eurythmics 
  3. Booyah vs Murder Mashup - Showtek, Party Favor, Cesqeaux, We Are Loud!, Sonny Wilson 
  4. Jam Rock vs Believer Mashup - Damien Marley, Major Lazer, Kaos Murda, DJ Fresh, SlinkMajor
  5. Black Beatles vs Dead Mashup - Rae Sremmurd, Slander
  6. Stranger Things Warped 150bpm - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
  7. Watch Out For This vs Too Original TJR Remix - Major Lazer, TJR 
  8. Turn Me Up VIP (Clean Edit) - Nabiha, MOTi
  9. Cavalry vs Boomshakatak VIP Mashup - Wiwek, Alvaro, Funk Craig 
  10. Turn It Up (Clean Edit)- Mr. V, Henry Fong
  11. Ocho Cinco (Clean Edit) - DJ Snake, Yellow Claw 
  12. Blezza vs Deep Down Low Mashup - PuroWuan, Getter 
  13. Trouble vs No Turning Back Mashup - Gregor Salto, MC Spyder, Wiwek, MEM, Yton, Ummet Ozcan 
  14. Pigalle vs Vibrate Mashup - DJ Snake, Moksi
  15. Suit Tie Dillon Francis Remix (160bpm Edit) - Justin Timberlake, Dillon Francis
  16. Funk It - Schoeny (Clean Tour Edit) 
  17. Propaganda vs Rise Mashup - DJ Snake, Party Thieves & Lazy Boyz
  18. Texas Anthem vs Eptic (Breaux VIP) Carnage Remix Outro - Riot Ten, Jack Bass Remix, Kid Phix & Carbin, Eptic, Breaux, Carnage.wav
  19. Tip Toe Wing in my Jawwdinz (Jauz Remix Clean Edit) - Riff Raff
  20. Trap Arms (SayMyName Remix Clean Edit) - Milo & Otis 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Greensboro Fellows Program

About the graduate from college.....Now what?

If you're about to graduate from college, odds are you're continuing to answer the million-dollar question, "What are you doing when you graduate?"

Some of the best advice I ever received was "take your 20's and be a sponge. You have the rest of your life to make money. After college, find wise people and learn from them."

I can't think of a better opportunity to do just that than the Greensboro Fellows program.

Are you looking for a place to:
  • Experience deep community and friendship after college?
  • Gain experience working in the marketplace?
  • Experience working in a church?
  • Take seminary classes?
  • Get world renowned leadership training?
  • Stay involved with Young Life?
  • Experience a mission trip to Africa?
For many college students, it's a big jump from earning a degree to actually applying it to a career. Dream jobs don't happen overnight - and that's if you even know what your dream job is. That's where the Greensboro Fellows Program comes in. It's a 10-month (September – June) program for those who desire and are committed to the pursuit of spiritual, personal, and professional growth. It is intended and geared towards young adults who have recently finished college. The curriculum, planned excursions, paid internships, volunteer work, and community all work together to inspire and empower a Christ-centered life.

This program is based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, and serves as the ideal springboard for entering into professional careers and adult life.

A few of the many things the Fellows Program offers:
  • spiritual growth through mentorship and discipleship
  • world-renowned leadership training through the Center for Creative Leadership
  • weekly networking with local business owners & ministry leaders
  • paid internships and volunteer opportunities
  • partnership with local Young Life
  • close-knit Christian and church community
  • free housing with a host family
  • opportunity to take accredited seminary classes
  • 2 week trip to Rwanda

Some of this year's paid internships include:
  • Business & Administration
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Ministry
  • Elementary Education
  • Marketing
  • Higher Education
  • Nursing
  • Personal Finance
If you are interested in learning more about this program, or applying to be a part of the 2017-2018 program year, you can visit www.greensborofellows.com or email us here.

"The Greensboro Fellows Program is far more than a transition out of college and into the adult world. The Fellows Program is a safe place to call home and a warm invitation to walk alongside family. You will be encouraged to grow more deeply than you thought possible, while simultaneously developing your professional skill set and your personal and spiritual gifts. You will be taught, nurtured, equipped and then sent out to build His kingdom."

- Stacey Greene, former GSO Fellow and current administrator for YoungLifeLeaders.org

Monday, March 20, 2017

You're Invited to a Work Week at a Young Life Camp Near You!

If you've never been to a Young Life Work Week, this could be your year! They're only a couple months away, so look at the dates below and mark your calendars.

It's a great opportunity to add another YL shirt to your collection, to join old friends, and to make tons of new ones. It's also a chance to help prepare our properties for kids to experience the BEST WEEK OF THEIR LIVES this summer!

Cost
FREE!! Your all-expense paid week will include housing, great food, club, fun activities, a t-shirt, and lots of hard but rewarding work!

Who
College-aged young adults looking for a fun, rewarding, community-filled time to start your summer while serving a Young Life camp.

What To Expect

Work projects in the morning and part of the afternoon, free time before dinner, club in the evenings with plenty of time to connect with each other.

Contact your local camp to sign up!

Carolina Point

May 17th-21st

Castaway Club

June 1st-4th

Crooked Creek Ranch
TBD

Frontier Ranch

May 14th-20th

Lake Champion
TBD

Lost Canyon
May 17th-22nd

Saranac Village
TBD

*SharpTop Cove
TBD
Check with your Area Director for availability!

*Southwind
Please contact camp directly for more information.

Timber Wolf Lake

May 8th-11th

Windy Gap
May 17th-22nd

Woodleaf
March 20-24




If you know of other YL camp work weeks, let us know here.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Free Ice Cream & Italian Ice This Monday at Dairy Queen and Rita's

The first official day of Spring is tomorrow- Monday, March 20th. 

In celebration of the warmer weather, both Dairy Queen and Rita's are giving away free frozen treats. It's a great opportunity to pick up your middle and high school friends after school and grab a free ice cream cone or Italian Ice. 

Find Rita's locations at ritasice.com.
Find your closest Dairy Queen at dairyqueen.com.

Also, if you live near a Ben & Jerry's, mark April 4 on your calendar for their Free Cone Day. Find your closest location at benjerry.com.

For more details, see this USA Today article

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Columbia Celebrates New Leaders

It's such an encouragement to watch the Lord continue to raise up new leaders year after year! 

Here's a fun video from the recent Columbia Metro (South Carolina) leader placement.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Promposals and The Young Life Leader's Guide to Prom Season

Prom season is upon us and below are a few ways we, as Young Life leaders, can serve our high school friends, parents, and school administrations.

PRE-PROM

Prom-posals

Some of your high school friends are beginning to ask dates to the prom and would love your creative help thinking of a fun promposal idea. 

One of my high school friends wrote a letter to Roy Williams, coach of the UNC Tar Heels basketball team. He asked him to write a letter to the girl he wanted to ask to prom. Roy did it!

Dress/Tux Shopping

Go shopping with them. Do you think your high school friend would rather go to Men's Warehouse with his YL leader or his mom? It's a toss up, but for female YL leaders it's a great contact work opportunity!

Pimp That Ride

Offer to pimp out your Rav-4 and dress up as a limo driver to escort your high school friends and their dates to dinner and prom. Maybe even check with committee folks or adults at your church who have nice vehicles they'd be willing to let you borrow.


Chef-Boy-R-Prom

Offer to cook/serve an elegant candlelight dinner for your high school friends. Do it at your house, their house, the YL house, or outside at a park. It'll be much cheaper than a steakhouse and much more memorable! 

Post-A-Pic 

Show up at the pre-dinner photo spot with a super-nice camera that you borrowed from your rich uncle. Take pics, edit them, post them on social media and tag your high school friends. They'll appreciate having some good pics! 

Pray 

This is a night full of regrets for many of our friends. Let's beg God to protect them and to give them courage and wisdom when making tough decisions.

Prep

Help your high school friends think through the evening ahead of time. Tell them you know the temptations they will face. Tell them Jesus knows those same temptations (Matthew 4). Tell them to look for a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13)because Jesus always provides one. Who else is having these important conversations with them? It's one of the reasons we work so hard to earn the right to be heard. 



DURING-PROM

Volunteer
 

You might be surprised how grateful the high school administration will be to hear an adult ask if they can help supervise the prom. It's not like a ton of adults are lining up to referee boogie-dance wrastlin'.

Prom Alternative 

Some of your friends didn't get asked to the prom. They say it's not a big deal, but no one enjoys being left out. Imagine how excited they would be if you offered them another hangout option during prom. You could do something low-key or even create an event like "MORP" (Prom backwards.) Instead of the dance you could create an evening of a fancy meal followed by video scavenger hunts, rolling houses, ice blocking, movies, and even your own little dance party. That's the stuff memories are made of.



AFTER-PROM

If your high school puts on an After-Prom event, volunteer to help. A few years back our YL team would film music videos of kids during the event. We used the YL skit closet and had kids dress up and lip-sync the song of their choice. We got some construction lights and designed a lil stage. After we shot the music videos we uploaded them on the YL YouTube page for kids to view. It was a big hit. If your school doesn't offer an After-Prom consider offering your friends a late night alternative.

Do you have other ideas that have worked for you? Email us here and we'll add them to the post. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WyldLife Wednesday: Campaigners Discussion about 1 John 3

Bekah Siau, area director with YL Military at West Point, NY, used the following Campaigners lesson. Bekah shared, “These questions spurred some of the best conversations I’ve had with 6th and 7th grade girls!”

WYLDLIFE CAMPAIGNERS DISCUSSION
  • What are some things that are hard about being in middle school?
  • What advice do people (parents, friends, teachers) give you to help you get through middle school?
  • What are the ways that people typically treat each other in middle school?
  • How do you think most people want to be treated in middle school?
  • What do you think is the one thing your friends are looking for? (ie. to be accepted, to be loved, to be noticed, to belong, to be welcomed)
1 John 3:16-18
  • How do we know what real love looks like? (God laid down his life for us, loved us before we could love him back)
  • Why does the Bible say we should love other people? What should our motive be? (not just to do good or to be good, but because God loves us)
  • In what situations have you seen someone in need but ignored them?
  • What is hard about loving other people?
  • When is it more difficult to love people? Who is it hard to love? (Sometimes it’s hard to get along with people or hard to love people who are different from us)
  • How does it say we should love others in v. 18?
  • What’s the difference between loving others in “word or talk” or “in deed and in truth”? (word/talk = talking about love v. deed = doing something or truth = honest motivations)
1 John 4:19
  • What do you think this verse is saying in your own words?
  • How can knowing/understanding God’s love for us make it easier to love other people?
  • How can we better understand God’s love for us?
Application
  • How does God want us to love other people?
  • What do you think that looks like in middle school? What could it look like?
  • How can we work together to love people around us?
  • Why could working together be helpful?
  • What is one thing you want to ask God to help you do this week to love other people that might be hard to love?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The 4th Annual Young Life Leader March Madness Bracket Challenge

Make your picks! We're hosting the 4th annual Young Life Leader March Madness Bracket Challenge!

Enter your bracket in the Young Life Leaders group on ESPN.

The winner will be featured on YoungLifeLeaders.org and leaders around the world stand in awe of your ability to predict the future. In addition to featuring your pickin' skillz on the blog, you'll also receive a YL Swag Prize Pack in the mail. Let the games begin! 

Last year's top finishers are pictured here. 

Tons of ideas for March Madness Club.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March Madness Club Ideas

March Madness has begun and the NCAA tournament starts next week! If you're hosting a March Madness club, below are some ideas to get you ballin'.

What to Wear
Encourage everyone to wear gear from their favorite college team, and if they don't have a college team they love, just wear any sports gear. Give a prize to whoever looks the sportiest.

GAMES & MIXERS

Indoor Knockout

Play knockout with a nerf hoop. If you have a big club, borrow a couple hoops. You can go with the stand alone kind or the one that hangs on a door.

Dunk Contest/3 pt Competition

Again, use a nerf hoop. Have "celebrity judges" who are dressed in skit clothes and use accents and award for creativity, style, and level of difficulty. Pre-select participants. Have them wear costumes: basketball jerseys, headbands, wristbands, tall socks, etc... 

You could also do a 3 point competition with similar style.

Free Throw Competition with 
THE CURTAIN OF DISTRACTION

Arizona St. University has a hilarious tradition called "The Curtain of Distraction." They have a curtain in the front of their student section and when the opposing team is shooting free throws, they open the curtain and someone in a crazy costume pops out. This has Young Life club written all over it.

You can watch an ESPN video about it here.  It wouldn't be hard to recreate a similar curtain at club and pick 4 contestants to each shoot 5 free throws and have different folks come out to distract them. If you pull this off, email us a pic and we'll feature it on social media and add it to this post. 

Draw 64

Put the #'s 1-64 in a hat/bowl/bag. 64 kids will draw and then represent the corresponding team to that number (as the teams are seeded in the NCAA tourney). As the tourney unfolds, whoever is paired with the winning team wins $ off of summer camp. If you don't have 64 kids at club, get each person to draw twice, having a better chance to win.

Cookie Sheet Ping Pong 

Set up a cookie sheet as a mini-basketball court. Place a ping-pong ball on it, and one person on each end. The object is to blow the ball to the other side first. Have them play one round, and then raise the stakes, doing the next round blindfolded. After they are blindfolded, place the ball on a mound of flour in the middle of the cookie sheet. (via YLPlaybook.comPing Pong Ball Fight Game)

Name That Mascot

Download this screen game below (made by Amy Brooks!) and have kids "buzz in" when the image appears if they know the name of the school it represents along with the school's mascot. 


Ultimate Frisbee-Basketball

I bought two white circular laundry baskets from Walmart and cut the bottoms out of them. These were our hoops. We used zip ties to secure them on either end of the club room. We have high ceilings in our club room so we put them really high up. I also cut pool noodles lengthwise and attached them over the rim of the laundry baskets to make a cool looking basketball rim. Idea submitted by Will Orr.

How to Play
  • Divide the club into two teams.
  • Just like ultimate frisbee, you cannot run with the ball; you can pass to your teammates up and down the court with the intention of trying to score just like in basketball.
  • No goaltending.
  • Here is where the fun comes in. After every basket scored, switch out the basketball you’re using for another one that is slightly crazier, and do a tip off with that new ball. The tip off is key. Great photo ops and amazing for slo-mo videos.
  • The first ball you might use could be one of those big lightweight rubber balls you buy in the big ball bin at Walmart.
  • The second ball can be a squishy/spiky/weird ball, but then get creative with it. Our third ball was a ball covered in shaving cream. The slo-mo tip off video of that one is always epic. Our fourth ball was a head of lettuce. And last but not least we finished with a rotisserie chicken (this year we did a whole raw chicken which held together better but could possibly give kids salmonella). It’s always high intensity and because it's ultimate frisbee rules, the whole team tends to get involved via passing.
  • Get a leader in an afro and a referee outfit to be the referee who officiates and throws the tip off ball every time. Play the “Ya’ll Ready For This” song during game play.
MUSIC


If you have other ideas to add, email us here.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

In Sickness and In Health: 50 Questions for a Young Life Leader

Right now, there's a surgeon just four miles away operating on one of my best friends. They told us the surgery would last over three hours. Although he's been sick for years, the root of the problem wasn't discovered until just last week. When he found out healing was actually a possibility, he was a ball of emotions. Beyond grateful and yet frustrated it took this long to figure it all out.Years of his life, greatly affected by something that could be cured in only three hours.

All it took was him finally seeing the right doctor.

Being a Young Life leader is hard work. Especially in the spring. Club numbers feel low. You're trying to raise a massive amount of money to get your friends to summer camp. It's easy to get discouraged, to just want to throw in the towel.

When we feel weak, it's of utmost importance that we take time to visit the right doctor and figure out exactly what the problem is.

The season of Lent is intentionally designed to be a time for a "spiritual health check-up." A chance for us to examine our hearts and see if there's anything off, any sickness that needs to be healed. 

A few weeks ago, we gathered together with some Young Life staff from neighboring cities. One of the wiser folks in the room led us in a convicting exercise to help us determine the state of our "spiritual health." He guided us through the words Jesus spoke to the crowd and his disciples in Matthew 23.

It was so personally powerful for me that I wanted to share it with you. Grab a Bible, open to Matthew 23, and ask the Lord to reveal areas in your heart that need healing from the Great Physician.

Spiritual Health Checkup: Matthew 23

Read verses 1-3. Think about what Jesus is saying. You can use the questions below to follow along as you read the Scripture. 

1-3: "They do not practice what they preach."

  • Am I living the life I’m calling others to live?
  • Am I hiding behind a mask of hypocrisy?
  • Are my actions and my words congruent?
4: "They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on people's shoulders."
  • Am I filled with grace?
  • Am I motivating others with fear, shame or guilt?
    • Motivating with grace is way more expensive and much slower.
  • Am I "shoulding" on people?
  • After people are with me, do they leave feeling lighter and more free or heavier and more burdened?
  • Am I speaking/living for their benefit or for mine?

5-12: "Everything they do is done for others to see, to be seen as important."

  • Am I living out of humility or pride?
  • Does my private life mirror my public life?
  • How do I respond to criticism and correction?
  • Am I teachable and submissive to authority?
  • Do I compete with others more than I celebrate others?
  • Am I quick to point out flaws in others and to build up myself?

13-14: "They shut the door to the rule and reign of God."

  • Am I kingdom-minded?
  • Do I think "my ministry" is more important than someone else's, that I do it best?
  • Do I consider others more important than myself?
    • Other teammates, other YL teams, other schools, other areas, etc...
15: "Addition or Multiplication?"

  • Am I trying to "convert" people or "disciple" people?
  • Am I giving students a chance to lead?
  • Have numbers become more important than names?
  • Does our YL club feel like a closed-off bubble, or do others want to be a part of what's going on?
16-24: "Rationalization and Justification"

  • Am I living by faith or making excuses?
  • Am I faithful in the little things that no one sees?
25: "Impurity and Congruence"

  • Does my outside match my inside?
  • Where am I getting my needs met?
  • Do I have any debt/debtor relationships? (Via Andy Stanley)
    • Greed- "I owe me"
      • After club do I indulge in unhealthy habits because I deserve to "do something for me?"
    • Anger- "You owe me"
      • Anyone I need to forgive?
    • Jealousy- "God owes me"
      • Am I comparing myself to others or celebrating others?
    • Guilt- "I owe you"
      • Is there unconfessed sin in my life.
27-28: "Image Management" 

  • Am I trying to please God or to please man? (Galatians 1:6)
  • Do I make decisions out of fear of what people will think of me or out of God's call on my life?
  • Am I talking to much or am I willing to listen?
  • Do I seek first to understand or do I just want to be understood?
29: "Tradition"

  • Am I stubborn and think it has to be done MY way or the highway?
  • Are we as a YL team/area functioning as a machine or a mission?
  • Do we remember the "why" of what we're doing?

Below are 20 additional questions to consider when taking an honest inventory of your life.
  1. Are the fruits of the spirit evident and present in my life?
  2. Am I drawing closer to God and others or am I pulling away and avoiding community?
  3. Am I known deeply by anyone?
  4. Do I have an attitude of humility or entitlement?
  5. Am I impatient?
  6. Am I teachable? 
  7. Do I have a desire to grow and learn from those more mature than me? 
  8. Am I living independently or am I willing to ask for help?
  9. Am I trying to meet my own needs or allowing God to be my provider?
  10. Is comparison stealing my joy?
  11. Do I feel resentment towards anyone?
  12. Am I spending my leisure time in mindless entertainment, or have I learned how to rest in the Lord?
  13. Am I quick to blame others or do I willingly accept responsibility?
  14. We do by training what we can't do by trying. Am I living a life of habits/rhythms/disciplines that is leading me towards health?
  15. Is God's Word alive in me?
  16. Am I able to be alone and sit quietly with God?
  17. Am I easily annoyed?
  18. Do I believe the best about people?
  19. Is my heart for people getting bigger or smaller?
  20. Is my heart for God getting bigger or smaller?



Look back over the "spiritual health checkup" list above.

Which areas of your life are most susceptible right now? 

Where do you need God to heal you? 
Where do you need God to remind you of the truth when you've been believing a lie? 

The point of Lent isn't to dwell on our sickness, but to point us to our need for healing. When we realize our brokenness, we see our need for the cross. And when we see the cross, we long for the empty tomb. Easter is coming!

Closing Prayer

"Jesus, give me such a glimpse of your Resurrected Self. Give me complete self-forgetfulness, and let me think only of you. Come to me like the scream of a rushing, mighty wind."