I’m sorry, but it’s time to plan back to school youth events.
I know, it’s so hard to think about autumn stuff when all anyone wants to talk about is another trip to the water park…but I’ve got your back. Here are three tried and true events that will have your Hunger Games obsessed teens jumping in with both feet. More than a trip to the beach, these events can make a difference in the community and hopefully in your youth group, too.
Yup. Go hungry. On purpose. With teenage boys. (“It’ll be fun!” she said. “Trust me!” she said.)
30-Hour Famine is a World Vision program that raises money to feed the poorest of the poor in developing nations. Participants raise pledges and collect money after they’ve completed the 30-hours without food. Organizing a 30-hour famine is as easy as deciding to do it. World Vision provides everything from clip art and tied-in Bible studies, to publicity posters and ready to customize press releases.
Cardboard Box Sleep Out
Raise awareness about homelessness in your area by gathering up a bunch of cardboard boxes and using them for shelters in a parking lot. This might be especially effective in November, National Homeless Youth Awareness Month.
Of course, in the northern tier of the continent, there can be snow in November. Early September might be a better time for this…
This may take more effort on your part as there is no organizational sponsor (that I’m aware of). Make a difference in the community by asking sponsors to donate blankets, warm clothing and toiletries the youth can then deliver to area shelters. You can raise the level of difficulty by allowing the kids only a very small amount of money to buy their food for the entire time of the event.
Your group should come away from this event with a greater compassion for the homeless and a desire to continue helping these people achieve a stable home.
In Catching Fire, the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy, Parcel Day is a monthly event when food is distributed to all the residents of the victor’s district. Your goal will be to gather food to distribute to the food pantries and soup kitchens in your district. This is particularly effective if you’re having a Hunger Games themed event (to launch/wrap up a Bird on Fire Bible study perhaps?)
Donating boxes of non-perishable food to the local soup kitchen was one of my favorite things about launching Bird on Fire.
Do all the things!
I dare you! And please, send me pictures when you do! Even if you do one of these events, I’d love to share your story and pictures here on the Bird on Fire blog.