Dear Friends of Scripture Union USA,
We know you share our desire to make the Gospel known to children, youth, and families, as well as adults. Recent Pew and Barna research tells us that approximately half of the youth in America identify as Christian. A quick Google search on Christian youth statistics brings alarming headlines indicating a serious decline in faith and a significant increase in depression and anxiety. There’s no doubt this generation needs hope.
BUT, what if they did not know where to turn for that hope?
In the last two and a half years, mental health hotlines have seen an approximate 40% increase in the number of calls and emails they have been receiving. The vast majority of these calls are from youth.
This is where the rubber meets the road for Scripture Union-USA. Working in partnership with churches and ministries across the country, we are providing engaging multimedia resources and publications designed to reach unchurched youth through afterschool programs.
Our vibrant and interactive curriculum, PrimeTime® for elementary school children and PrimeTime®Plus for middle schoolers, equips facilitators to build nurturing relationships with youth, helping them understand God’s great love, his desire to be in relationship, and their need for him. It provides tools for youth to discover how to engage God through Scripture and prayer so they can know him personally.
Watch how God is using this program!
In the months ahead we are going deeper into specific cities with an intentional strategy to expand our reach. We can’t do this without YOU!
Our team has put plans in motion to leverage our networks in 10 cities with a goal to train 50 ministry partners to impact 2,500+ youth using PrimeTime®.
To accomplish this, we are seeking to raise $400,000 by December 31st, 2022.
- Project Budget $385,000: Our cost to train and mentor one ministry partner to run a PrimeTime® program is $7,700. The average reach per partner is 50 youth for a year-long program. This breaks down to $154 per youth annually (only $12.83 per month).
- Spanish Translation: The remaining $15,000 will be used to translate curriculum into Spanish.
Join us to reach youth in Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Santa Ana, Nashville, Columbia, Orlando, Baltimore, Grand Rapids, Portland and other cities for Jesus!
Thank you for being a special part of our vision to make God’s Good News known. We are blessed by your prayers and partnership.
Gail A. Martin
P.S. You’ll be hearing more about this project and other encouraging news in the weeks to come. Keep an eye on your inbox!