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Vision – To help all Christian youth spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
Mission – We will provide the youth of every nation in the world the opportunity to become followers of Jesus Christ. We will accomplish this through local churches, groups, organizations, and Missional Communities.
The “Young Helping Hands Program” is about connecting Christian youth and their environment, their community, their Province/State, people in every country, and each other, in ways that are mutually beneficial to all. Our programs are structured to overcome stereotypes by creating positive and meaningful relationships. Our Christian youth and senior participants will discover a sense of purpose by sharing their perspectives that will bridge the gap between generations.
Christians young and old want to make a difference and not just in their community, but throughout the world. The Christian youth of today understand that a person is not defined by the colour of their skin, the language they speak, their religion, or their place of birth. They understand that we are all God’s children and that God does not have favorites (except maybe the Jewish population) and He wants us to live in peace, loving each other as He loves us.
Helping Hands is one of over 10 programs registered under “Serving Our Savior Christian Community” (SOSCC.ca). We expect to witness the remarkable effects by fostering friendships between YHH.ROCK and youth all over the world. We know the world will be inspired by the powerful connections that flourish between all generations.
The number of people involved will vary on a yearly basis, but YHH.ROCK is hoping that tens of thousands of Canadian (millions internationally) Christian youths will be involved in the Young Helping Hands Program. However, this number does not include those that will be involved (volunteers) in other developments such as our Community Initiatives.
Seniors suffer with many chronic illness and disabilities, many seniors (regardless of where they live) feel isolated, lonely and that they have little worth to society. Our YHH.ROCK programs will help to open doors by adding youthful energy, laughter and friendship for all seniors. Just a few visits with young people will help seniors realize that they are not old forgotten fogies and they will begin to see that they can have a positive influence in a young person’s life.
There are many reasons why young people may not have the opportunity to become acquainted with each other or older generations. YHH.ROCK programs will help provide young people with the chance to develop their social and leadership skills, as well as discover a personal sense of accomplishment that is gained through the interaction with communities around the world. All Christian youth volunteers will gain excellent life skills through their interaction with others.
YHH.ROCK program will bring out the best in our Christian youth by requiring them to share their knowledge, experiences, and activities with others.
Youth-in-Action is just one of the programs that the “Young Helping Hands Program” will be supporting.
There are many people (not just seniors) who feel like today’s technology has left them behind and not connected to the world around them. But if they had opportunities to be around and coached by today’s very informed youth, they would see that with a little direction and knowledge they can enjoy all the technology that exists today. Our youth have grown up with all the gadgets like iPods, iPads, smart phones and computers so they don’t understand when an older person has a simple problem and gets frustrated and give up. So it’s up to our youth to lend a helping hand and bring everyone into the 21 century.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. “The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” –Henry Ford
“We don’t stop learning when we get old; we get old because we stop learning.”
We all have talents, perspective, experience and even time that can be of value to someone else – we often just need a little helping hand to get started. Young Helping Hands wants to equip all young people with the knowledge and resources they need to go out into the world and make a difference, one person at a time.
We need to use all the tools – apps, platforms, websites, groups, in-person, community events or other vehicles to help us meet people outside of our circle, communities and even our country.
Here are some suggestions we can consider to help us take the Young Helping Hands Program to the next level.
We need to consider the diversity and life stages among all groups: from public and high school to college and university students, as well as all youth who have chosen to pursue a trade or other professional career and also those who have joined the work force. Young Helping Hands will do its best to design youth programs that will help with any lifestyle choice.
To many older people today it seem like our youth have a new language, but if we go back in history we will find that every generation from 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s etc. had their own way of communicating with each other, so today is no different. We need to go with the flow and not fight every new change that comes our way. We need to eliminate stereotypes and myths about the generation gap. Even create changes that feel delightful and inviting to all of us. We can all learn from each other.
We need to challenge each other by finding the best ways to strengthen our ideas and do this by asking questions and testing assumptions. Let’s explore and test all ideas, thoughts and programs offered to all young and old in every community.
Although technology is an incredible tool to bring people together, it is only one of the solutions that must be considered. Sometimes technology is ahead of its time and sometimes it comes in a little too late. Even the latest tools and equipment can separate us instead of bringing us closer together. We need to communicate with all of our 5 senses and not be isolated by every new tech toy that comes on the market.
- Consider the ideas of others
- Encourage new ideas and thinking
- Go for quality
- Be a part of the solution
- One conversation at a time
- Do not judge
- Remain focused on each project, problem or situation
Ask Yourself These Questions?
- How do we create a network/organization for our Christian youth?
- What excites you about creating a program like this?
- Explain how your ideas can work?
- What are the needs that will be served by YHH.ROCK?
- Who will benefit from this organization?
- Name some new approaches to engage young Christians?
- How can we show young Christians how much they can learn and grow by working with others?
- How can young Christians use their capabilities and talents to help others with their goals/ needs/ and wants?
- How do we grow the YHH.ROCK’s membership locally, provincially, nationally and worldwide over the first year of operation?
- How can we work together to create a community of people – of all ages, who are eager to come together to share and learn from one another to make this world a better place for all?