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Youth With A Mission

Helping You Make a Difference through Missional Internships.

aka YWAM Converge   |   Ocean City, NJ   |  http://www.stucentre.com

Mission

Because everyone has a calling, following the crowd will not bring transformation, we believe a personalized missions project is the best way to discover your purpose. Therefore, we educate the public, equip leaders, and guide students and young professional to complete projects related to studies, skills, and careers.

Notes from the nonprofit

Converge (www.ywamconverge.org) is for students, especially women and minorities, actively searching for an internship consistent with biblical values and community development. It enables students to explore opportunities 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.

Ruling year info

1998

CEO

Rev. John T Henry

International Centre Director

John Hwang

Main address

PO Box 1526

Ocean City, NJ 08226 USA

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EIN

54-1882074

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

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

Leadership Development (W70)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We seek to provide access to a growing number of young people around the world, especially women and minority students, who are motivated to make a difference and help solve world problems such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, malaria, etc. We created Converge Internships to connect students from anywhere with internship opportunities serving the needs of others with a biblical Christian perspective.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Converge - Global Internships Program

A growing number of young people around the world, especially women and minority students, are motivated to make a difference and help solve world problems like poverty, HIV/AIDS, malaria, etc. However, many of them have less access to great internships.

We have launched CONVERGE, a new cloud-based platform for nearly anyone anywhere to participate on internships with pre-qualified host agencies. Interns are not required to go to the best schools or pay expensive fees and travel to participate. Our pre-departure training course is online, so students do not need to fly to a location for the added expense of an orientation before they serve on the field. And application fees begin at just $35USD, with significant discounts for participants with citizenship in underdeveloped countries. Hosts typically charge less than $200 per week for room and board.

CONVERGE participants serve cross-culturally in situations related to their field of study. They may gain academic credit while serving one of many partner projects in needy areas of the world.

CONVERGE projects provide a Biblical framework of personal discipleship and community involvement to help students serve a world in need.

Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the CONVERGE course and practicum, preparing the students to bring good news to the poor through word and deed. (Matthew 25).

CONVERGE participants will not only receive the a ten lesson pre-departure orientation with 5o short videos, they will also learn life-skills including actual work with business and ministry leaders with missional organizations.

Participants learn personal leadership skills, most especially by securing a personal mentor from their own community during their pre-departure course. Then interns learn to assess the needs of a field project community where they are serving by interviewing leaders and clients. They learn communications, community service, and teamwork.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We are building a platform and a network organization to support the Converge platform to connect interns from anywhere to missional organizations everywhere. Here's how:

1. We are pre-qualifying and registering internship hosts.
2. We are translating the Converge platform and online course to multiple languages, beginning with Spanish and Korean.
3. We are providing low-cost global internships for women and minority students. (We charge a one-time $25 fee. Most internships are less than $200USD/week for room and board. And 95.5% of student scholarship donations go to the student project and expenses.)
4. We are producing the Converge Stories podcast, weekly conversations with internship hosts, former interns, and mentors.
5. We are recruiting three types of network staff, all of whom serve in a particular sphere of influence, such as the arts, business, education, media, medicine, etc. We are recruiting senior staff as Managing Partners; Network Circle Staff to serve with those partners; and Converge Support Staff who work with software development, communications, and administration.
6. We are completing a thorough back-end software development and review to prepare to scale the Converge program.

To accomplish our goals, we seek donors to help sustain the development and operations of the Converge platform so young people can join Xian, an engineering student from Singapore and founder of Dlight.com, who served in East Timor in saying, “That internship left an indelible mark on me."

Please consider becoming a sustaining member of Converge through a pledged recurring contribution. With your help, the Converge platform and network organization will be able to support the mobilization hundreds of students annually.

Thank You!

Our Vision: Making a Difference in Your World.

Our Mission: Connecting Interns to Missional Organizations.

Converge helps missional organizations to quickly and easily design their own internship program. We pre-qualified interns, especially women and minorities, to these global internship opportunities.

1. A missional organization appoints a host to use our online “Create an Internship" form to quickly and easily design a customized internship program.

2. The Host shares the Internship Profile Page from the Converge platform.

3. Students search the Converge site and apply for opportunities that relate to their passions and career goals, such as pure water, poverty, and women & children at risk.

3. Donors designate their contributions to scholarship students through the interns' personal profile pages.

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

5. Students connect in the Converge Online Course.

6. Hosts provide orientation, set the schedule, and oversee student interns, especially with a weekly one-on-one meeting.

7. Students serve the host's organization and consider a unique project to be completed before the end of the internship session.

***The big question for Converge interns, "What can I do here, with my time, skills, and resources, to make a difference?"***

Here’s what our interns have done for projects: created curricula for schools; planted churches; started businesses; worked in medical & dental clinics in slums; set up pharmacies for community health development teams; researched childhood disabilities in tribal areas; cared for refugees in the Middle East; conducted HIV/AIDS prevention campaign in Africa; established HIV/AIDS counseling center; installed water pumps and storage tanks; established therapy routines in orphanages; conducted forgiveness education workshops for making peace in the Middle East; developed nutritional plans in hospices; and more…

8. The Student proposes a unique project and the Host and Student Intern agree on what will be the Final Converge Project assignment.

9. The Student completes the Project and submits it in writing or another appropriate form (video, blog, photo journal, etc.) which may be turned in to their college or university for academic credit. Copies of the final project report are provided to the host and the Converge office.

We released the Minimum Viable Product of ywamconverge.org. The following is a summary of the development phases and accomplished activities:

1. Created and tested the viability of the project through a prototype integrating Salesforce with a Wordpress site. Signed up 20 example host projects.

2. Redesigned curriculum and placed the five-phase course (including first phase pre-departure orientation with 10 lessons and 50 short videos) on the new Coursesites by Blackboard. Currently moving entire course and new content to a new mobile-friendly platform.

3. 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 workflow.

4. Assembled tech resources and needs, including personnel and funding. Received over $30,000 grants to hire software developers.

5. Continued Tech development. Secured office space and additional volunteers.

6. Tested Course site curriculum, including Mentor interaction, with a pilot group in South Jersey. Decided Mentors should be chosen by the student from their own community.

7. Tested name for platform (changed from IPO Connection to Converge). Hosted our first annual fundraising banquet.

8. Hired marketing consultants and worked closely in the development of a 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 an email system to sustain the community. Raised an additional $7,000 through personal appeals.

9. Several software upgrades necessitated a migration to a new server and a new round of programming with a new group of volunteers. That migration is nearly complete. We deployed the new server at AWS late March 2019.

10. Introduced Converge Stories podcast to serve hosts with an additional marketing vehicle for their internship opportunity. We also interview former interns to inspire students and others with the life-changing experiences of our interns. We have published 45 episodes available on Apple iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. Currently preparing for Season Two.

We will refine the program and scale to a much larger audience.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Youth With A Mission

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Henry

UofN Student Mobilization Centre of YWAM

Term: 2021 - 2023

Susan Andrews

No Affiliation

John Henry

Youth With A Mission - SMC

John Hwang

Youth With A Mission - SMC

Andy Surace

Christ Fellowship Church

Robert Henry

Opportunity Doors, Inc.

Ernest Dunn

Cape Regional Medical Center

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability