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Speaking at RockFest

Shane Vander Hart, our Director of Ministries & Volunteer Development was asked to speak at RockFest 2 in between bands.

RockFest 2 was a Christian music event held in Pella, IA on 4/20/08.  Below is a video of Shane speaking.

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Mentor Recruitment Ambassadors


1. a messenger on a special mission

Serve Our Youth Network needs messengers who are willing to share the truth that mentoring works: it helps young people make positive life choices while building their self-confidence and values.  We need recruiters willing to ask the people in their world to consider giving their time, wisdom, and friendship to young people waiting for an adult to care about them.  As a Mentor Recruitment Ambassador, or MRA, you are truly a messenger with a special mission.

It begins with the goal of recruiting five adults into the interview process with Serve Our Youth Network.  Ambassadors focus on recruiting new mentors from specific groups and settings to which they have access such as:

  • Congregations
  • Service organizations and clubs
  • Colleges & Universities

Each MRA will receive individual training & support, as well as, be able to participate in MRA team meetings as well.  Each MRA will receive an starter kit that will include:

If you are interested in being a Mentor Recruitment Ambassador please contact Shane Vander Hart at or (515) 321-5077 to schedule an MRA orientation.

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Immediate Volunteer Needs

  • Bible discussion group leader needed for the Delta Company Bible discussion group at Woodward Academy. This is a weekly commitment of about 1-1/2 hours a week. Woodward Academy is a facility of 178 young men. Delta Company is their boot camp program with a capacity of 24 young men who cycle through the program in 90 days. A lot of the young men we work with at Polk County Youth Services end up being ordered there. Bible discussion group leaders need to be 21, followers of Christ and active in a local church and successfully complete our screening and training.

  • Office Project Help – also need someone willing to help with an approximately 2-hour project placing inserts into Bibles that we recently purchased.

For either opportunity, please contact Shane Vander Hart at (515) 321-5077 or

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