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In celebration of my 30th birthday, I want to raise money to build classrooms, a recording studio and a playground for my church's youth ministry. More ...

I'm turning 30!

Hi! My name is Dexter and I turn 30 at the end of November.

In lieu of people giving me personal gifts, I'd like for my friends and family to contribute to a cause that is very dear to my heart. I want to raise money to renovate the youth space at my church.

About the Youth Ministry

I volunteer my time as a youth pastor at New Vision International Ministries. This is a young, dynamic church located in the south end of Bridgeport, CT. We serve an urban population of mostly black and latino kids.

Our youth ministry touches the lives of hundreds of kids each week, through our children's church, Friday night teen activities and special events. It's not uncommon for kids to hang out on our campus till 11:30pm on a Friday night. Even on Sunday afternoons our students hang out until 3pm or 4pm in the afternoon. We even have youth that jump our gate after business hours to play basketball on our hoop.

What is the need?

We need to renovate and build dedicated spaces for our youth.

Currently, most teens hangout in the foyer and the hallways after service. Our younger kids literally run and play in our sanctuary, as it is the only space large enough to accommodate physical activity for the kids.

Quite honestly, we need a dedicated youth facility and building. Until then, we want to improve upon what we have.

Here is what we want to do

  • Renovate our toddlers' classroom to be larger for more exploration; install a secure checkin system for parents to drop of their kids every Sunday. This will be called the Discovery Zone.
  • Construct a large room for our primary-aged students called the Power Zone. 
  • Build a professional recording studio for our teens. We have lots of students who are interested in making music. We want to finish building a studio that allows them to create great music in a positive space.
  • Rebuild our playground. We need to scrap our old play-set and purchase a new one. We also want to add attractions like tether ball and foursquare!
  • Design and finish our basketball court. A few men in the church pooled their funds together to purchase a regulation-sized professional basketball goal for the parking lot. We would like to buy a second one to create a full court, and paint the court so that we can host tournaments and leagues during the summer.

This is a big project that none of youth leaders have the resources to finance out of our pocket. However, if ALL of us pitch in, we can create a state-the-art youth space that keeps kids off the streets.

How much do you want to raise?

So here's my goal. $30,000 for my 30th birthday. Is it a big goal? Yes. Is it impossible? Absolutely not. Why not dream big?

This is PHASE I, with the first milestone of raising $10,000. Once we hit $10,000, we'll increase the limit to the next level.

Every cent raised will go directly to the church's youth department for renovations and activities.

Will you help me make this happen?

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