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Christian Youth in Action (CYIA)

WElcome to CYIA Tri-CITIES!

Welcome to Christian Youth in Action (CYIA)! If you’re a high school student passionate about sharing faith, fun, and friendship, CYIA is the perfect opportunity for you. Our week-long training program is designed to equip you with the skills and confidence to lead Summer Good News Clubs, an exciting 4-day club where you can make a real impact in the lives of younger children. You’ll learn how to engage kids with dynamic Bible stories, creative activities, and meaningful interactions, all while growing in your own faith journey. Join us for a week of learning, laughter, and leadership development – your adventure in making a positive difference starts here!

What is CYIA?

Christian Youth in Action exists to develop LEADERS by challenging students to GROW in their relationship with Jesus and to TRAIN AND EQUIP them to share the GOSPEL with children in their community.

LEADERS

CYIA is an intense training program. It’s designed for those who want to be developed into Christian leaders. The leadership skills developed at CYIA can be used in all of life.

Grow

Spiritual growth comes as a result of being challenged in your faith. CYIA students are stretched in a safe environment. They are able to explore their faith in a powerful way.

Train & Equip

The CYIA training is full of classes, coaching, small group discussions, practicing and passing practicums. By the end of the week, they will be equipped to share the Gospel in the context of a Summer Good News Club.

GOSPEL

CYIA begins and ends with the Gospel. Starting with the first day of classes, each track explores the Gospel in a different way. Every student will be involved in sharing the Gospel during their summer.

What does a CYIA Summer look like?

PRE-CYIA (JAN-MAY)

  • Register for CYIA
  • Pick up study materials
  • Complete pre-CYIA exercises and homework
  • Watch/study the pre-CYIA curriculum study videos

CYIA (WEEK OF TRAINING)

  • Learn the Wordless book
  • Explore Summer Good News Club leadership concepts
  • Practice lessons, receive coaching
  • Demonstrate ability in leading a Summer Good News Club

POST-CYIA (JUNE-AUGUST)

  • Commit to teach at least four Summer Good News clubs
  • Connect with your CEF chapter director
  • Connect with your ministry teams
  • Share the Gospel in your community or regionally

What should I expect during CYIA?

CLASSES

Classes at camp challenge students spiritually and teach proven methods on how to share the Gospel with children. Instructors are past students who have had experience working with kids in a variety of settings. Most of our instructors have had extensive training within CEF.

COACHING

Coaching is another form of discipleship available at CYIA.  Staff, who have been through CYIA themselves, work with students to develop their skills and gifts as they teach. Coaches have a group of 2-4 students that they meet with during study time and work alongside them to help students mature their teaching skills.

FRIENDSHIPS

Friendships developed at CYIA last a lifetime! God works through the experiences at camp to bring students together. Students come to camp as strangers but leave with a bond that far outlasts the six days of training.

FUN ACTIVITIES

Fun activities are a highlight at CYIA. Students thoroughly enjoy a break from studying during afternoon breaks and large group games in the evening. Water kickball, nine square, water slides and more! Our team of staff work  hard to bring fun games to camp. The last night of camp, everyone comes together for a huge for a themed game. We end the night with a bonfire, sharing testimonies and worshiping together.

CYIA 2024 FOCUS THEME: [IF]

The [IF] theme for CYIA 2024 centers on the pivotal choice to seek God. Anchored in 2 Chronicles 15:2, ‘[IF] you seek Him, He will be found by you,’ this theme challenges us to actively pursue God’s presence in our lives. While salvation comes through belief in the Lord Jesus (Acts 16:31), the depth of our experience with God hinges on our willingness to embrace His journey for us.

[IF] we open ourselves to be used by Him, our lives will be profoundly challenged and transformed. [IF] we seek His ministry, He will utilize our willingness for His purpose. This summer, we are excited to see how God will work in and through us. The defining question for CYIA 2024 is whether we will answer His call.

THE JOURNEY DEPENDS ON OUR RESPONSE TO THIS POWERFUL [IF].

CYIA TRi-CITIES 2024 (June 2-8, 2024)

NEW CYIA TRAINING FOR 2024!

We’re thrilled to announce the new CYIA Tri-Cities training in Nebraska! This year, we’re bringing a unique opportunity to our community, with a program specifically tailored to meet the distinctive needs of the Tri-Cities area. Under the dedicated leadership of Mike & Autumn Pena, who travel over 15,000 miles each summer and are involved with reaching thousands of children with the Gospel of Christ, this training promises to be an enriching experience. Their extensive experience and passion for ministry make them the perfect guides for this journey. Join us in embracing this exciting new chapter of outreach and spiritual growth in Nebraska!

CYIA TRI-CITIES INFORMATION

MAIN CONTACT: Michael Pena (michael@cefcentral.org)
LOCATION: Nebraska Christian
DATES: June 2-8, 2024
CYIA AREA: Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney

Who should apply for cyia tri-cities?

For CYIA Tri-Cities 2024, we are looking for young Christians, ages 12-22, who are eager to deepen their journey with Christ. These students, from middle school through college, should have a genuine excitement about living a life in Christ. These students should be ready to embrace challenges that will strengthen their faith.

At CYIA, participants will engage in learning and sharing the Gospel, taking on roles that require a high level of responsibility during summer ministry. So, CYIA applicants should be consistently living out their faith, exemplifying faithfulness and responsibility in their everyday lives. They should be prepared to handle the significant responsibility that comes with being a part of CYIA, displaying maturity and commitment in their actions and decisions.

We are excited to meet students who are not only passionate about their faith but also willing to grow and take on the responsibilities that come with being a leader.

CYIA TRI-CITIES COSTS

CYIA TRI-CITIES FEE: $200.00 This fee covers the rental of the training facility, food for the week, summer curriculum kits, CYIA t-shirt, and all printing costs. See below for payment information.

CYIA TRI-CITIES DISCOUNTS

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: For those students who apply before March 31, 2024, a $20.00 discount will be applied.

SIBLING DISCOUNT: The second and following students who apply from the same family will receive a discount of $20.00. For example, the first student from a family to apply for CYIA will be charged $200.00. The second (and following) students from the same family to apply will be charged $180.00.

These discounts (EARLY BIRD & SIBLING) can be added together. For multi-student families who register for CYIA before March 31, 2024, the first student will be $180.00 and following students will be $160.00.

GROUP DISCOUNT: $20.00 off for each student for groups of three or more from the same Church group. This cannot be combined with the sibling discount.

Check out the CYIA Tri-Cities 2024
handbook for more information.

CYIA Support Initiative

CYIA SUPPORT INITIATIVE Information

The CYIA Support Initiative is available to all students attending CYIA Tri-Cities 2024. 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.

STEPS:

(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 HEREAlso download the response card template HERE. (CEF Central is happy to print letters for you upon request.)

(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. 

(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. You must use THIS LINK to report your Support Team.

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 (minus the deposit). 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. A thank-you template letter will be made available once you report (see step 4 above) your Support Team members.

MORE QUESTIONS?

If you have more questions about the CYIA Support Initiative, please contact Mike & Autumn Pena, the CYIA Tri-Cities directors.

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.

CAN I BE PART OF BOTH THE PAID STUDENT MINISTRY PROGRAM AND THE CYIA SUPPORT INITIATVE AT THE SAME TIME?

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.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO PARICIPATION IN THIS PROGRAM?

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.

HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR CYIA?

CYIA 2024 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT ENDS:

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Hour(s)

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Minute(s)

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Second(s)

INFO TO GET BEFORE STARTING THE CYIA APPLICATION:

  • Your contact info (Section 2)
  • Your parent’s contact info (Section 3)
  • Five (5) Prayer Partners AND contact info (Section 5)
  • FIRST YEARS ONLY: Four (4) References: Parent, Pastor, 2 non-relative – must include Phone & Email (Section 7)
  • Your Summer Calendar (Section 11)
  • Medical Info – Policy #s, emergency contacts (Section 12)
    (Medical info can be done through the mail)
  • CYIA Deposit Payment – credit card or checkbook (Section 15)
  • Your parents’ digital signature if under 19 yrs (Sections 17-18)

ALL CYIA FEES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 17, 2024
Camp payment $150 (after $50 deposit)

CYIA APPLICATION AND PAYMENT DEADLINES:

Application Forms Open (Student & Staff): Jan. 15, 2024
Early Bird Registration: March 31, 2024 ($20.00 off!)
CYIA Support Initiative Letters sent by: April 19, 2024
CYIA Support Initiative Funds received: May 13, 2024
CYIA Registration Closes: May 17, 2024

All CYIA Tri-Cities Fees due: May 17, 2024 ($25.00 late fee applies)
CYIA application may be cancelled if fees not received: May 24, 2024

CYIA Registration FAQs

What should I expect this process to look like?

Once you apply through the online CYIA student application, you will need to submit your $50.00 non-refundable deposit

You should receive a confirmation email indicating your application has been received. 

You can make payments to cover the remaining costs or submit a full payment at any time prior to May 17, 2024.

Is there a deadline to get all cyia costs submitted?

Yes. All funds must be received by May 17, 2024. There will be a $20.00 late fee applied following Friday, May 17. All student applications must be received by Friday, May 17. If funds are not received by May 24, 2023, your CYIA registration may be cancelled.

Why is there an CYIA application and payment deadline?

In order to do evaluation group assignments, cabin assignments, and order food and other curriculum supplies for CYIA we need to have an accurate number of students who are planning on attending the training. We also need to order CYIA t-shirts, print notebooks and arrange for activities. It is important for us to have the funds to purchase needed supplies for CYIA. The May 17, 2024 deadline for all student applications and CYIA fees to be submitted will help the CYIA leadership to accurately assess our needs for the training and be prepared for the students when they arrive.

Can I get help to cover the cost of CYIA?

YES! CYIA is different than most summer experiences in that it is a missionary training program. It is a training experience and outreach program many Christians want to support as it furthers the Gospel witness in their own area.  

CYIA SUPPORT INITIATIVE (see above): You are able to send out support letters to family, friends and your Church to help raise support for CYIA! We have a customizable template available for those who would like to send these out. Many Churches are excited to provide these funds to equip those in their body to share the Gospel and to receive the teacher training CYIA provides.

Our desire is for every student who has a heart to share the Gospel and is willing to be trained at CYIA, to be able to come. Please reach out to your local chapter directors, Mike & Autumn Pena, with any questions.

HOW DO YOU PAY FOR CYIA?

Funds received for CYIA and associated costs are not tax-deductible.

OPTION #1 - VIA ONLINE PORTAL

OPTION #2 - Via Check

Send check payable to:
CEF Central

Send to address:
3311 I Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847

What ARE the Summer Good News Clubs like in the Tri-Cities Area?

CYIA 2024 Resources Page

If you’re looking for more information about the documents you’ll need for CYIA registration, financial programs to offset the cost of CYIA, or information about additional opportunities around the state where you can be involved, click HERE for the CYIA resources page.

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