Christian Youth in Action – ResourceS

Welcome to the CYIA 2024 Resources Page

This page is designed be a one-stop spot to find general resources for your CYIA training. This includes medical release forms, the statement of faith, child protection policy, and background check information. This page will also detail all the financial programs available to CEF Nebraska students to help defray costs.  

For information about the programs and resources for your local area, please click on a link below for the area closest to your location.

THREE Nebraska CYIA Locations:
Omaha ~ Lincoln ~ Tri-Cities


CYIA Omaha started in 2004 at Camp Moses Merrill with 11 students. It has since grown and now meets at Twin Lakes Bible Camp in Manson, IA. Esther Beasley & Brandon Shippy, the full time CEF Omaha staff, have been leading this training for the past six years. For more information, click the link below.


CYIA Lincoln, historically linked with CYIA Central, is now offering localized training for the Lincoln area. Jonathan Musgrave, CEF State Director, and Joe Pelling, Lincoln area chapter director, will lead the 2024 training at Lincoln Christian. For more details, click the link below.

CYIA Tri-Cities

CYIA Tri-Cities is another new localized training for the Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney area. This training will be meeting at Nebraska Christian in Central City, NE. Mike & Autumn Pena will be heading this training, both are passionate and capable leaders. We’re looking forward to what God would have for the Nebraska Tri-Cities area!


CYIA 2024 HandbookS

The CYIA Handbook outlines expectations for training week, including schedules, coaching and practicums, dress code, and technology use. It’s designed not just as a set of rules but as guidelines to enhance your training and leadership development, with a focus on deepening your relationship with Jesus and equipping you to share the Gospel with children.

Remember, these are guidelines meant to focus our efforts on CYIA’s goals. If you have questions about the policies, please reach out to your CYIA Training Directors or Ryan Folken, the CYIA State Director.

2024 Handbooks

Medical Release

A new medical release is required each year for participation in CEF activities. Please download the release and fill out the information. The medical release form does not need to be notarized.

CEF Omaha Medical Release

CEF Nebraska Medical Release

SOF / Worker’s compliance

The CEF Statement of Faith (SOF) reflects a non-denominational position. The attached worker’s compliance form helps you to understand how to work with others who may agree with the SOF but differ because of denominational differences. You can find an online version of this form HERE.

Child Protection Policy

Please read and affirm the CEF Child protection policy.


If you are over 18 years old and are applying for CYIA, please download and complete the Confidential Screening Form (background check). You can find the print form HERE. You can fill out the online version HERE.

If you are under 18 years old, please complete the screening process found in the CYIA application.

CYIA Paid Student Missionary Program INFO

Paid Student Missionary Overview

If you are over 14 years old or older and in your second year of CYIA (Teacher Track) or following, you are eligible to register for the CYIA Paid Student Missionary program. This program allows you to receive a modest stipend per club you complete during the summer.

It is designed to help defray basic costs associated with the Summer Good News Club program during the summer months. Some of these are gas costs, vehicle maintenance costs and replacement of other potential income students may rely on during the summer months.

What does the process look like?

APPLICATION FORM: After you receive your CYIA acceptance notification, you can fill out the online application for the paid summer missionary program. This helps us organize the students who are in this program and the needed follow-ups through the summer.

TAX FORMS: Once you are approved for the paid summer missionary program there will be tax forms to fill out. You will receive an I9 and a W4. When you send these to the CEF Nebraska office, we then must file them with the state of Nebraska. The state of Nebraska considers this position a type of employment and we are required to treat it as we would any other CEF employee. *NEW – These forms must be completed prior to CYIA Lincoln 2024, by May 24, 2024.


FUNDRAISING LETTERS: You will need to send at least twenty-five (25) fundraising letters. If there is more than one student from the same family, thirty-five (35) letters will be required. We have a template you can use to make the process easier. You will give a list of these twenty-five supporters to the state office via an online form. This is required because everyone who is ’employed’ by CEF is required to raise funds for their support.

TIMESHEET: Following your Summer GNC missions experiences, you will turn in a form to CEF Nebraska (email can be found on the time sheet itself). Once turned in and approved, you will receive an hourly rate subject to the minimum wage laws and other employment laws in the state of Nebraska for all clubs done through the summer.

THANK YOU LETTERS: At the end of the summer, we ask you to send out another letter to the same group of individuals you sent your fundraising letters to. These letters are thank-you letters and a chance for you to tell your prayer and financial supporters about what the Lord did through your summer. Again, a template will be provided for you to use in giving these reports to make the process easier.


If you have more questions about the CYIA paid student missionary program, please contact Jonathan Musgrave (402-525-5305) or Ryan Folken (402-281-1386).


How much should I expect to receive in this program?

The program is designed to offset costs and provide a modest amount of income for those involved in CYIA activities for students who rely on summer income. Because of this, the minimum wage, as set by the state of Nebraska, is the starting rate. With each year of CYIA completed, there is a small increase.

Is there a limit of how many clubs I can do during the summer?

Every CYIA student commits to completing at least four (4) 5DCs during the summer. This is the minimum commitment for this program as well.

However, as a paid summer missionary participant, you are welcome to be involved in as many clubs as the Lord allows. Each one will be compensated in the same way.

How many "hours" will I be paid for a 5DC?

Each 5DC is counted as 10 total hours. The club itself is designed to run 90 minutes (1 1/2 hours). You are also expected to be at club at least 15 minutes early and to remain for a post-club evaluation that typically runs at least 15 minutes. This makes 2 hours per day, 10 hours per week (2hrs x 5days). 2 hours per day, per club, is the maximum amount of time, even if the club interactions go longer.

What happens if I do not raise enough support to cover my income?

By law, funds given by donors cannot be allocated to specific individuals. All funds are donated to a pool of support. Some students will raise more than their needed amount. Some students will raise less. We believe the Lord is in this process and has always provided enough support for the students participating.

Funds received by your supporters, though, are tracked to your account. If there is a shortfall following the summer, we would ask that you prayerfully consider telling your supporters this in your follow-up thank-you letter. The Lord may use this to provide the needed funds. Our model is to “Ask God. Tell His People.”

Can my student participate if they are under 14 years old?

We are required to follow the guidelines of the state of Nebraska for this program. The state has set 14 years old as the minimum age required for this kind of activity.

CYIA Support Initiative INFO


The CYIA Support Initiative is available to all students attending any CYIA 2024 training in Nebraska. This $100.00 initiative (minimum) is designed to do two things – FIRST, others in your life will know about your summer ministry activities and be led to pray for your ministry work. SECOND, it will give them a way to contribute to your CYIA training and ongoing ministry costs. You will find many people in your life want to actively give and participate in your ministry in these ways. This support initiative will let them know how.


(1) APPLY: The sign up form is simple and quick. Participation in the CYIA Support Initiative is already approved for those who would like to enroll.

(2) DOWNLOAD: Download the support letter template. Download this template HERE.

(3) SEND: You will send out your support letters to your CYIA support team, at least 10 individuals who you believe may be interested in supporting your CYIA training and Summer Good News Club Gospel outreach. These letters must be sent by April 19, 2024 to participate in the program. (CEF is happy to print letters for you upon request.)

(4) REPORT: You will need to send a list of the individuals on your CYIA support team. Though giving instructions and a response form will be included in your support letters, sometimes these instructions are not followed. If funds are received from these individuals, it will be easier to identify the student they are supporting if we have this list available.

Once your parents affirm these letters have been sent, you will receive a $100.00 credit against the cost of CYIA. If more support than $100.00 is received from your letters, this will also be applied to your account, up to the entire cost of CYIA. These funds must be received by May 13, 2024. Any outstanding balance will need to be fully paid by May 17, 2024.

(5) THANK: Send thank you notes to your support team. Once support is received from your support team, we would ask for you to send thank you notes to them following your CYIA experience. You can tell them what their support accomplished in your life through the CYIA training opportunity and the Summer GNCs you were able to participate in. You can use this thank-you note TEMPLATE.


If you have more questions about the CYIA Support Initiative, please contact your local CYIA director.

CYIA Support Initiative FAQs

What are the april 19, may 13 and May 17, 2024 due dates?

April 19, 2024: the date by which support letters must be sent. May 13, 2024: the date any financial support letters received will be credited to your account. May 17, 2024: All payments for CYIA must be received by this time.

Just a reminder: we will not be accepting funds for CYIA at registration this year so that our CYIA teaching staff can be fully engaged with the students all week long.

What is my CYIA support team?

Your support team are 10 individuals you know who may wish to support your summer training experience and the Summer Kids Clubs you will be leading.

These individuals will need to read your information, pray about supporting you financially, and send their support before the CYIA payment deadline, which is May 17, 2024.

All funds received before May 13, 2024 will be credited to your account, up to the full cost of CYIA (minus deposit).

WHAT IF I do not raise $100.00 in support for CYIA through my support letters?

Your account will receive $100.00 for participating in this program, regardless of what is received through your support team. It is our prayer the Lord will provide these funds for each student through this process, though.


The CYIA Paid Summer Missionary program and CYIA Support Initiative are both ways of helping to defray basic costs for CYIA and the costs of summer ministry. Because of this, we are limiting enrollment to one program or the other. 

What happens to support raised that exceeds the amount for CYIA?

If an individual student raises more than the actual cost of CYIA through their letters, these funds will be contributed to CYIA helping to defray the costs of housing and food for the volunteer CYIA staff.


Because this is a simplified support initiative, and requires no interaction with the state, all students accepted into CYIA are eligible for this program.

Can more than one student from the same HOME participate?

Yes! Who you send the letters to is up to you. We would ask, if possible, that you not send letters to the same individuals for each student. For example, if you have two students attending CYIA, send letters to 20 individuals rather than two letters to 10 individuals.


CEF Nebraska is excited to open the short-term urban missionary project to all CYIA students in Nebraska!

The Omaha Blitz is targeted in areas without a strong CEF presence and very few summer missions clubs. These are also areas that expand the diversity of traditional CYIA outreach. The prayer is for the Lord to use these interactions to spread the work of CEF into these strategic areas with increasing population growth.

You can indicate your interest in participating in the Blitz urban outreach experience by contacting Ryan Folken (ryan@cefnebraska.org). If you would like to sign up later, you can contact the CEF Omaha chapter director, Esther Beasley, to get more information.


The Omaha Blitz is a one week commitment. Teens are dropped off at a central location at 12:00 pm each day. Each group will do up to three clubs and get fed dinner (and possibly lunch). Parents can pick up kids back at the same location at 8:30pm.

This is seen as a CYIA+ experience for students who attend other CYIA trainings in Nebraska. This means that though the opportunity is open to all Nebraska CYIA students, CEF Omaha will reach out to your chapter director before finalizing your registration, so make sure to speak with your chapter director about your interest in the Blitz. It will also not be counted against your four summer club commitment without their approval.

CEF Omaha can try to assist with lodging arrangements by letting other Blitz participants know you are interested in staying with a host family for this ministry experience. CEF Omaha, however, cannot take responsibility for any lodging arrangements. 


There are definitely costs associated with the Blitz week. Some of these costs are provided by donors to the event who have a passion for reaching these communities. However, as a CYIA student, your time and energy are a huge sacrifice and there is no additional fee for you to be part of this effort.

If you would like to donate to this ministry, or would know of other individuals with the same passion, please contact Esther Beasley and she will provide you with the information to make this kind of donation.

Does involvement in the Blitz count against my four (4) summer club commitment?

Because CEF Omaha is the sponsor of this outreach, any CYIA Omaha student is able to participate and it will count toward the summer club commitment made by CYIA students.

Our heart, though, is to reach the entire state of Nebraska. Students from other parts of the state are more than welcome to join this additional experience in this urban ministry environment in Omaha, but we do not want this to come at the cost of reaching children in your own communities. Because of this, if you would like to participate in the Blitz, you must speak with your chapter director to get their approval. If all summer clubs are staffed by CYIA students in your own area, the Blitz clubs may count against your four club commitment, but this is at the discretion of your local chapter director. 

If my student comes from another part of the state, where would they stay?

CEF Omaha staff is not able to provide housing for additional students across the state. However, many students participating in the Blitz would love to host your student for the week. CEF Omaha can facilitate this process, but cannot be responsible for student lodging. 

The supper meal is provided for the students each day. Lunch may be provided. If your student desires to participate, then, they will need to provide their own breakfast and possibly a lunch for each day, Monday-Friday. 

Are these traditional Summer Good News Clubs?

The Blitz clubs are run Monday-Thursday with a final rally on Friday for all the clubs. Because they are in an urban environment unfamiliar to some CYIA students, additional training is given throughout the week.

Is there an age limit to blitz participation?

The Blitz is open to any age of student as long as they have attended CYIA.

How do I sign up?

Each CYIA training, CYIA Omaha, CYIA Lincoln, and CYIA Tri-Cities, offers a unique experience tailored to its specific location and schedule. To ensure a smooth registration process, it is important that students sign up for the CYIA training that corresponds to your area. Exceptions can be made with the express approval of CYIA State Director, Ryan Folken, or the CYIA directors in your area. This approach allows us to provide the best possible training experience for our students, keeping it localized and accessible to everyone.

Omaha area – Esther Beasley (402-342-9272), Brandon Shippy
Lincoln area – Jonathan Musgrave (402-525-5305) / Joe Pelling (816-674-6265)

Tri-Cities: Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings areas – Mike & Autumn Pena (308-233-1501)

Uncertain where you fit? Contact the CYIA State Director, Ryan Folken at (402-281-1386) or at ryan@cefnebraska.org