In Asian Young Life, we're all about providing Asian teenagers a chance to "pay it forward" and to put Christian faith into action. Throughout the year we organize community service projects in which our students get a chance to help others in need. We partner with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and local churches to make a difference in the lives of others.
As a non-profit organization, we reward our teenage volunteers with service hours and documentation certificates that can be submitted to their high schools to fulfill any community service requirements that may be necessary for graduation. We are also happy to provide letters of recommendation for volunteers who go above and beyond what is expected. But the greatest reward that our volunteers acquire from participating in these service opportunities is the satisfaction they feel in knowing that they made a difference by helping others.
"Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too." - Philippians 2:4
Listed below are some of the community service events and organizations with which Asian Young Life participates on a regular basis. We are always on the lookout for other opportunities, and if you know of a community need, please let us know.
Perhaps the highlight of our community service opportunities is our Capernaum missions trip. Each summer we take a crew of teenagers and leaders to an overnight Young Life camp in Virginia where for five days they help kids with disabilities to experience more fun than they ever imagined possible and to lavish them with God's love.
Habitat for Humanity is a Christian organization that seeks to eliminate housing poverty and homelessness through education, advocacy, fundraising, and building. Our AYL teens participate in building projects to construct and refurbish homes for the needy. They also help raise funds for the organization by running in a 5K and wrapping presents at shopping malls during the Christmas season.
The Special Olympics is a nonprofit organization that provides year round sports training and athletic competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to be physically active and to deepen friendships with their families, coaches, and other athletes. Our AYL volunteers assist as escorts and scorekeepers at an annual competition in June and at other events throughout the year as needed.
The Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation (PERC) is a shelter in Union, NJ, that provides housing for homeless individuals along with a soup kitchen and other community-based support services. About once a month, Asian Young Life takes a group of teenagers to the shelter to serve people who come to PERC in search of a good meal.
Imagine being at a Young Life camp for an entire month! Each of our Young Life camps is staffed in the summer by a volunteer team of high school students known as the Work Crew
. The hours can be long and the labor tedious, but for the students who have been fortunate enough to serve, many say that their time on Work Crew was the greatest month of their life.
We schedule community service projects throughout the school year. Please check our calendar
for our next service opportunity.
If you would like to volunteer, please tell any AYL leader or contact us
. The easiest way to let us know is to TXT us at (201) 777-0295.
Please note that the number of students who want to volunteer is usually more than the number of spots available for any individual event. As a result, we typically accept volunteers on a first-come, first-serve basis; however we also want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to volunteer, so sometimes we may purposely rotate volunteers.
Please also keep in mind that we generally expect that people who serve also be active
in Asian Young Life by regular attending club
We hope you can join us in making a difference in the world!