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Implementing 40 Developmental Assets in Youth Programming Builds Resilience

Andy Combs oversees all of the youth programming at Sunshine.  Over the past two years, staff have been learning and training about the importance of Trauma Informed Care and how trauma impacts people in the community, particularly youth.  “We know that trauma affects our brain development and plays out in our actions and decisions. When…

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WorkLife Moves Teens Beyond Job Readiness

“There is so much life and potential for life when I look at these young people,” shares Arnold Sojourner, Managing Director of Programs and Community Outreach, who is heading into his fourth summer of running the WorkLife program at Sunshine.  The heart behind WorkLife goes far beyond just giving teens a job for the summer….

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Support Youth Experiencing Life-Changing Experience at Summer Camp

Each year at Sunshine we look forward to summer. And it’s not just because we’re weary from cold snaps and single digit weather. It’s because we know that summer is such a critical season of God speaking to young people’s hearts. Our youth also look forward to summer. It’s a break from school and their…

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Sunshine Launches New Mentoring Program in May

Discipleship has always been at the core of youth programming at Sunshine Gospel Ministries.  The benefits of discipleship and mentoring are immense. Among them include increased school attendance, academic success, positive self-worth and self-esteem, better communication skills, decrease in violence and risky behaviors, and the setting of academic/career goals.  For students who are regularly mentored…

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Young Life Disciples Teens While Building Resilience

  On Wednesday evenings 20 high school students gather on comfy couches chatting and laughing.  Every time a new student comes in the door they are greeted excitedly. A game is started in the center of the room that involves everyone.  Afterward, the group gathers on the couches to have a Bible lesson and open…

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Familyhood Values Parents Vital Role in Children’s Resilience

Throughout the years, Sunshine has valued the vital role that parents play in their childrens’ lives. Recently, God has graciously opened a door for us to integrate the Familyhood program as a way of incorporating parents into our programming. Familyhood offers a new avenue to support the work parents are already doing. Over the past…

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Made for More Program Values Inherent Worth of Youth

On a cold Wednesday afternoon, a group of 20 middle school students gather at Sunshine Gospel Ministries as Made for More Co-Director Jazlyn Anderson moves amidst the animated conversations, games, and homework.  She calls all the students to the middle of the room and practices some calming breathing techniques before opening in prayer. “We try…

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Wakanda Has Powerful Effect on Youth

Written by Sunshine Young Life Director Lamar Simms On February 21st,  I took a dozen of our high school students to see the Black Panther movie.  As we arrived and got settled in with our popcorn, the usually lively chatter dissipated to silence as the powerful images started appearing on screen.  They had never seen…

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Leo Burnett Advertising Offers Opportunities for Sunshine Youth

When 11-year-old Sherry Peoples attended the middle school Made For More field trip to the Leo Burnett Worldwide, Inc. advertising agency in downtown Chicago, it was the first time she had ever been introduced to advertising as a potential career.  “Learning the process that goes into making a commercial, planning a storyboard, pitching the idea,…

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BridgeBuilders Redefines Short-term Missions

Listen. Learn. Serve. Return. Sometimes well-intended service trips can leave the communities they are visiting with unintended consequences.  Sunshine wanted to address this head-on by developing an intentional and thoughtful service learning experience that engaged people with the community without reinforcing negative stereotypes, creating dependency, or displacing employment by using free volunteers.  Jared Hamernick, BridgeBuilders…

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