SoCal YFC Run For Youth

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Since 1983, the Run For Youth has been a major day of fun, fellowship, prizes and fundraising for SoCal YFC. 

Each year 100+ children, youth, and adults collect sponsors for SoCal YFC’s ministry.  Then on RUN DAY they spent an hour walking, running, pushing stollers, and having some general fun while going around Valley Christian High School’s track.

After each Run there are door prizes for everyone and food and games for the children at Bellflower Brethren. 

This year’s Run is on Saturday, November 9

7am - REGISTRATION begins
8am - SoCal YFC RUN begins on Valley Christian HS Track
9:30am - KID’S CARNIVAL & Breakfast for everyone
10am - AWARD PROGRAM begins

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS!

 

 

What does SoCal YFC do?

Why is YFC’s work important?

How many kids does SoCal YFC reach each year?

What is the Run For Youth?

How can I participate in the Run For Youth?

Who should I approach for a Run For Youth pledge?

How do I get pledges?

What do I say when I ask someone for a pledge?

What do I say when I ask a non-Christian for a pledge?

What kind of prizes and incentives are there for fundraising?

How could I possibly raise $400? Or $800?

How could I use my social media accounts to raise pledges for the Run?

I am not athletic. Do I have to run?

What can I expect on the day of the Run?

What if I cannot attend on Run Day? Can I still fundraise and qualify for any incentives?

May we bring our kids to the Run For Youth?

What kinds of activities and incentives are there for children to participate in the Run For Youth?

How do I approach a business to sponsor me?

Why would I want to build a team for the Run?

 

 

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What does SoCal YFC do?

SoCal YFC builds four things:

On-campus, student-led Christian clubs
Student Leader training events, such as “Turn Your Campus” and “IGNITE” Teams
Church Youthworker Networks
Specialized programs such as TLC Teen Moms & Dads, Youth Camps, YFC Deaf Teen Quest, etc.

 

 

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Why is YFC’s work important?

Right now, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young Americans age 11‑24. Far too many kids have no hope. SoCal YFC brings hope to kids through its events and mobilization of Christian young people to befriend and serve their peers for Jesus’ sake.

 

 

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How many kids does SoCal YFC reach each year?

Last year, SoCal YFC worked with over 8,000 kids, training over 2,100 student leaders from 562 different schools to make a positive difference on their campus and in the lives of their friends.

 

 

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What is the Run For Youth?

The Run For Youth is an annual fundraiser for SoCal YFC. It’s a one-hour Run-a-thon (or Walk-a-thon, if you prefer) which will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, CA.

Friends of SoCal YFC get pledges from family, friends, businesses, etc. for running/walking/strollering, etc. at the Run. You can ask for “per lap” pledges (donors sponsor you for a certain amount of money per lap during the event) or “flat” pledges (donors sponsor you for a set total amount, regardless of how many laps you complete.)

Each year, the Run For Youth raises approximately 10% of SoCal YFC’s annual budget. The funds primarily support YFC’s camping, campus club, and young leader training programs.

 

 

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How can I participate in the Run For Youth?

• Start by getting a Runner Packet. Someone has probably invited you to participate in the fundraiser, and they may have a runner packet they can give to you. Or, call the SoCal YFC office at 562-429-1782 to request one.

• Register to receive a Runner #. There is a registration form in the Runner Packet. Fill it out and fax, email, or mail it to the SoCal YFC office.

• Or, you can register online at yfcrun.com. If you register online, a SoCal YFC staff member will send you the Runner Packet with all the information you’ll need for the Run For Youth.

• Start getting pledges!

 

 

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Who should I approach for a Run For Youth pledge?

• Family and friends are the best bet to begin with.

• Then, go to co-workers, peers at school, and people in your neighborhood.

• Businesses also make great sponsors! Check out the Business Sponsor Brochure/Business Sponsor Form in your Run For Youth packet, or see the question, How do I approach a business to sponsor me?

 

 

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How do I get pledges?

• Have a Pledge Form with you (available in the Runner Packet.)

• Tell your friend that you’re participating in the SoCal YFC’s Run For Youth on November 9th and ask if they would sponsor you. See the section below, What do I say when I ask someone for a pledge? If they say yes, have them fill out a pledge form.

• Save all your Pledge Forms and turn them in at the Run For Youth. (Or, see the Runner Packet for details on the “Early Bird Bonus” for those who turn in their pledges to the SoCal YFC office early.)

• If you register online at yfcrun.com your sponsors can make pledges online. It’s easy to personalize your Run For Youth fundraising page. Tell your sponsors to go to yfcrun.com, click on “Donate” and click on your name.

• Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. are great ways to tell your friends you’re raising funds for SoCal YFC. Share the link to yfcrun.com on your social media post so they can donate online. (You don’t need Pledge Forms for online pledges.)

 

 

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What do I say when I ask someone for a pledge?

Try something like this:

“I’m raising money for SoCal YFC by participating in this year’s Run For Youth. My goal is to raise $_____ for this charity. SoCal YFC is a Christian non-profit that is focused on working with kids age 11-19. SoCal YFC builds:

     1) Student-led campus Bible clubs;
     2) Church Youthworker Networks;
     3) Student Leader training events; and
     4) Specially focused programs such as TLC Teen Moms & Dads and YFC Deaf Teen Quest.

Can you help us with a pledge of $25 or more?”

 

 

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What do I say when I ask a non-Christian for a pledge?

Try something like this:

“I’m raising money for SoCal YFC by participating in this year’s Run For Youth. My goal is to raise $_____ for this charity. SoCal YFC is a faith-based non-profit that is focused on working with kids age 11-19. SoCal YFC builds:

     1) Student-led campus Bible clubs;
     2) Church Youthworker Networks;
     3) Student Leader training events; and
     4) Specially focused programs such as TLC Teen Moms & Dads and YFC Deaf Teen Quest.

Can you help us with a pledge of $25 or more?”

 

 

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What kind of prizes and incentives are there for fundraising?

Official Run For Youth T-shirt. Everyone who raises a minimum of $25 in total pledges or is a Run volunteer receives a T-shirt.

Door Prizes at the Awards Ceremony for everyone who raises funds or volunteers. Door prizes are donated by local businesses and are given out only to those who are present at the Ceremony.

Gift Cards for Various Levels of Fundraising
Fundraisers age 17 and under can earn:
     o $20 Gift Card if you raise $100-$199; or
     o $40 Gift Card if you raise $200-$399; or
Fundraisers of all ages can earn:
     o $50 Gift Card if you raise $400-$599; or
     o $75 Gift Card if you raise $600-$799; or
     o $100 Gift Card if you raise $800 or more

Excellent Prizes for the Top 12 Fundraisers.

Additional Prizes for:
     o Most Money Raised in “Per Lap” Pledges (individual prize)
     o Most Business Sponsorships Collected (individual prize)
     o Top Three Captains whose teams raise the most funds
     o Top Church Fundraiser
     o See the Runner Packet for a complete list of incentives and prizes

• Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in many different age and gender running, walking and stroller categories.

 

 

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How could I possibly raise $400? Or $800?

First of all, PRAY.  Then, make a list of people to ask.  After that, it’s simple math.  For example:

• If you can get 16 people to pledge $25 each, you can raise $400 (and earn a $50 gift card)

• If you get 16 people to pledge $50 or more each, you can raise $800 (and earn a $100 gift card)

 

 

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How could I use my social media accounts to raise pledges for the Run?

Register and build your own “Run For Youth” webpage on the yfcrun.com website. It’s very easy to do and takes very little time. From that page, you can post to your Facebook feed, etc. You can also copy the link on Facebook or Instagram, etc. This is an easy way to reach out to many people at once and ask them to sponsor you.

 

 

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I am not athletic. Do I have to run?

Nope. In fact, only about 25% of each year’s Run For Youth participants actually run. Most walk. It’s much easier to carry on conversations that way.

 

 

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What can I expect on the day of the Run?

The Run For Youth is held on the track at Valley Christian High School in Cerritos. It begins at 8:00 a.m. Registration begins at 7:00. If you arrive by 7:30, you can get registered before the big surge of last-minute participants who arrive a few minutes prior to the start of the Run. Music, announcements, and free bottles of water will keep you motivated and hydrated during the hour-long event.

After the Run, an Awards Ceremony is held at Bellflower Brethren Church in Bellflower. “Brunch y food” is provided for everyone, and there is a Children’s Carnival to entertain the kids while we wait for the Run stats to get tallied and the Ceremony to begin.

There are door prizes at the Awards Ceremony for every participant and volunteer (must be present to win.) Medals are given out for the running/ walking/ stroller categories, Gift cards are awarded to those who meet the minimum fundraising goals, and the fundraising prizes are awarded to the top team captains and individual fundraisers. See the section, What kind of prizes and incentives are there?

Everything is finished by 11:00 a.m.

 

 

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What if I cannot attend on Run Day? Can I still fundraise and qualify for any incentives?

Of course . . . first, please let us know you cannot be there by calling the SoCal YFC office at 562-429-1782. Then, raise your funds, and do your hour-long run or walk. You may turn in your pledges at the Carbo Load Dinner on November 7 (see Runner Packet for details), or drop them off at the SoCal YFC office before Run Day. You will be eligible for everything except “most laps” prizes and door prizes.

 

 

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May we bring our kids to the Run For Youth?

Of course . . . the more the merrier!

 

 

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What kinds of activities and incentives are there for children to participate in the Run For Youth?

Just like adults, children can earn Gift Cards for raising pledges. In fact, they qualify for Gift Cards sooner than adults do! See the section, What kind of prizes and incentives are there?

The Children’s Carnival at Bellflower Brethren Church features balloon animals, face painting, games, and snacks.

 

 

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How do I approach a business to sponsor me?

Business owners make great sponsors! They often are looking for ways they can make tax-deductible donations to charities. Businesses may sponsor you for any amount, but be sure to tell them that, for a pledge of $100 or more, they will receive the following:

     o We will post a “real estate-sized” sign with their business’ message along the track during the Run;
     o We will announce their business name and thank them publicly over the loudspeaker during the Run;
     o We will include any promotion flyers, coupons, samples, freebies, etc. the business owner wants to provide in the Run For Youth “goodie bags” given to each Run For Youth participant and volunteer.

Ask to speak to the manager or owner.  If you want, you may ask the YFC office for a fundraising letter that you can present to the manager/owner which asks for a $100 or greater pledge, and explains the benefits.  Obviously, the better you know the business owner, the better your chances of a positive response.

 

 

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Why would I want to build a team for the Run?

• Walking or running with friends is always more fun!

• Building a team expands the circle of potential donors and helps the Run For Youth reach its fundraising goal.

• Team captains (recruit two people to join you and you have a team!) receive a long sleeve official Run t-shirt or polo shirt.

• The captains of the Top Three Fundraising Teams will receive a prize!

• Fill out the Team Roster available in the Runner Packet.

 

 

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