Jasmyn Tulloch attended Monocacy Middle Campus Life for the first time in sixth grade. She was skeptical, because it was a Christian group, but she ultimately decided to keep coming back for the free food and quality time with friends. She felt accepted.

Jasmyn especially enjoyed discussion time because she met caring adults who listened attentively. Like many students, she formed friendships and bonds beyond the isolated peer groups that dominated her school day. Seven years later, she remains friends with many of them including her adult leaders.

Campus Life [Middle] is designed for 6th-8th grade students, provided by Central Maryland Youth for Christ. The weekly club meetings give students an opportunity to hang out with friends and are organized to offer activities, meals, and discussions that feed body, mind, and spirit. The outreach combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people, like Jasmyn, make good choices and develop into young leaders who positively impact their schools and communities.

Meetings are held in local churches or schools, and offer age-appropriate fun without fees so all may participate. Snacks and dinner provide extra support for busy or struggling families. None of this could be possible without the volunteer army and financial donors supporting a cost-free program for ALL kids.

As kids age out of the middle school club, Campus Life offers a high school indigenous leadership program. Students learn to use positive influence to impact their schools and neighborhoods. This hand-on training teaches kids to lead with kindness and serve selflessly.

Inspired by her Campus Life high school mentors, Jasmyn enrolled in student-leadership training at the end of her 8th grade year. In two years, she earned 342 student service learning hours at after-school clubs, retreats and the Frederick Rescue Mission.

Jasmyn moved to Texas in 11th grade after her father passed away. She impressed her new track coach and after two years of hard work and dedication, she earned a full scholarship at the division one University of Texas Rio Grand Valley.

After Jasmyn successfully completed her first year, she returned to Frederick for the third summer. She explains, “Despite the distance, I still want to be a camp leader. It meant so much to me when I was younger. Here I am, I have never forgotten the commitment I made at my first camp. God is the best leader in this world to follow.”

Frederick’s greatest (and often underestimated) asset are the more than 42,000 students that have the potential to lead. Campus Life, and Central Maryland Youth for Christ, wants to reach more kids every year and give them the opportunity to grow.

Why now is a great time to give

Campus Life is expanding into two new school sites this year and this requires fifteen more volunteers and $20,000.

The United Way’s Unity Campaign provides matching funds with your donation. These multiplied resources are an investment that yields great return. To unlock the matching funds your gift must be designated CMYFC and be received before Sept. 23, 2019.

Donate now and help us develop the loving young leaders that our community desperately needs.

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