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Worldwide Member Update
Our Mission
Develop, advance, and enhance global youth organizations that provide a positive environment and a safe place for young people around the world.
A message from Susan...

How big is your dream? Does it inspire and encourage you? Embolden you? Energize you? Does it motivate others to join your cause?

The power of imagining possibilities has propelled humans into space, sparked a teenager to lead a global environmental movement, and launched businesses that have reshaped entire industries. As 2021 approaches, I encourage you to join me in assessing your dreams and go even bigger!

The World Federation of Youth Clubs (WFYC) was born from the need and desire to create safe places for children and youth around the world, so they can thrive under the watchful eye of trained, compassionate youth professionals. This model, with a proven formula, aims to help transform young people and improve their lives, as they become examples of inspiration and hope. Outcomes from this model hold true in the United States and globally.

However, more big thinking and collaborative innovation is required to address the pressing needs of our children, especially those who are most vulnerable. More than 100 million children are homeless, worldwide, according to the Consortium for Street Children. The reasons for this disheartening figure are complex, and range from domestic abuse and sexual exploitation, to economic survival. We, as citizens of the world, can do better. We must do better.

As we optimistically look towards 2021, consider three “dream big” themes that have helped me to maintain passion and perseverance throughout my life.

First - Envision a detailed future for yourself, your family, or the organization you lead. Capture in your mind as many details as possible of what you want that vision to be.

Second - Prepare yourself. Establish daily routines that will help you to operate at peak performance. Tackling big dreams starts with self-care. Be sure to get plenty of sleep and reserve time for reflection or meditation, and exercise. A 30-minute walk is a wonderful time to relax, reflect, think, and plan.

Third - Achieving your dream will require effort, sometimes extraordinary effort, and resilience, especially if others question the wisdom of your decisions. But, this is about you, it’s your dream. You’re the only one who really knows that you can do this. Accountability starts with you, then extends outward. And, I have confidence that you’ve got this!

As 2020 comes to a close, my hope for you is that the coming year is filled with happiness, optimism, and BIG dreams realized. Wherever you reside, or whatever faith you practice, I wish you a Joyous Holiday Season and Happy New Year.

Susan Goings
WFYC Co-Founder and Board Member
WFYC Office Update:  WFYC has moved our office operations from Virginia to Florida. Our temporary mailing address is:  World Federation of Youth Clubs, 9100 Conroy-Windermere Road, Ste 200, Windermere, FL 34786
We will share our updated permanent address when
we are in our new office next year! 
Affiliate Highlight

Mission Clubs Panama

Mission Clubs Panama recently opened its new Club, taking over an existing building and making it a pillar of the community. The area surrounding the Club is an impoverished area that lacks some of the more basic resources for its residents. The leadership of the Mission Clubs Panama believe deeply in acting to change the realities of the local young people, despite the difficulties they face. One way the organization has transformed the community is by adopting a social enterprise model. Mission Club leaders purchased and operates a fully-functioning farm then using income from the enterprise to supplement revenue needed to operate the Club.

The included photo features Alexis Santos who also goes by Alex. As the first member of the Club, he’s currently 10 years old and in 3rd grade, attending the local school. Alex’s father is the farm caretaker and the family lives on site.

Alex has managed to achieve many of his goals thanks to the support and sponsorship of the caring advocates who continue to carry out the life-changing work of Mission Clubs Panama. At the Club, Alex receives daily help with his homework, assistance with English and art classes, and participates in a range of other confidence-building activities. The Club’s impact extends well-beyond its doors. Addressing the needs of students and operating a local farm that creates needed economic impact are some of the ways in which Mission Clubs Panama collaborates with the community, working together to break the cycle of poverty.  

New Affiliate Showcase

Welcome Club de Niños y Niñas de Baja California Sur to the WFYC! 

Club de Niños y Niñas de Baja California Sur (formerly Gente Joven Por Un Cambio) is the newest member organization of Club de Niños y Niñas de Mexico. The organization has a vision that one day, each young person will have the capacity, initiative, and confidence to transform their communities.

Like other WFYC Affiliate members, the Baja Club’s mission is to provide the youth with a safe, fun, and enriching environment that empowers youth to achieve their greatest potential. Currently, there are more than 300 members across 13 different school locations and utilizes 40 active volunteers to deliver services. The Club offers a variety of programs, including gardening, art, tutoring and sports. Programs are led by youth development professionals and volunteers. You can learn more about CNNBCS by visiting their website at: https://cnynbcs.org/

Inspirational Update
Hope for the Heart - India

A little bit goes a long way! When it comes to impacting communities around the world, modest gestures can produce oversized results. Recently, Hope for the Heart, a WFYC Affiliate in India received a $500 mini-grant. Prior to the grant the organization and its leadership team operated in ten communities, serving 25 young people per location. A lack of resources limited their ability to reach more youth. Despite this reality, they remain dedicated by offering individualized services, including tutoring, and a range of youth programs both during and after school.

With this grant, Hope for the Heart was able to purchase supplies, such as games, sports equipment, and other educational materials, which resulted in a significant increase in more youth served. They exceeded their goal to double the number of youth served by leveraging the mini-grant, and using sports activities to increase Hope for the Heart’s average daily attendance. Because of this mini-grant, youth can now participate in activities which allow them to explore their creativity challenging them both mentally and physically. These funds may not seem like a lot, but the impact has already delivered positive results. Imagine what can be done with more support?

Does your organization have a youth impact story you’d be willing to share for future newsletters?  Please send a photo and a one paragraph or less description to jcruz@wfyc.org
Tip of the Month 

Leadership is defined as a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. Notice the key elements of this definition: Leadership stems from social influence, not authority or power. Leadership requires others to follow, and that implies that a “direct reporting relationship” is not a requirement. The following list is comprised of leadership suggestions gleaned from The Center for Creative Leadership.

  1. Live and manage your life and business with the highest integrity. Every decision should be able to stand on its own and be defendable.
  2. Be calculated, fair, firm, and decisive. Remember that not making a decision is in itself a decision.
  3. Share your vision in a compelling manner.
  4. Inspect what you expect. Have periodic check-ins, without micro-managing, to avoid surprises.
  5. Clearly defined roles and accountability plans pave the way for success. Insist on having an annual performance for all staff and key volunteers and that reviews are candid and include plans for professional development.
  6. Seek feedback and act on the echoes. “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”
  7. Promote and ensure diversity ensuring that staff are reflective of those you serve.

Visit the Center for Creative Leadership for more leadership resources: https://www.ccl.org/blog/characteristics-good-leader/

WFYC Programs and Events
Recap – November WFYC Webcast – Virtual Interns: How to Utilize Interns to Benefit your Organization

WFYC held its November webcast on November 19th. Paul Casey and Katsumi Kishida from Kean University located in Union, New Jersey walked us through steps needed to access interns to support organizations. The presentation included the benefits employers receive from internships and how you can host a virtual intern from Kean U. 

Additional information about the logistics included in hosting an intern were shared. Did you miss November’s Webcast but still like to hear the content?  Click here >>> to view a link to the session. Please note the password to access is: uEA60@DC


Recap - December Webcast - WFYC Open House 

The WFYC Board and Staff held an end of the year informal virtual get together on December 17th.  Participants had the opportunity to engage candidly with the staff, but also speak with like-minded Affiliate club staff and volunteers from all over the world. The virtual session was moderated by WFYC Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Mark Shamley and WFYC Director or Mission Advancement, Jose Cruz. We invite you to listen to/watch the recording even if you couldn’t make it.

WFYC International Conference 
February 23-25, 2021 from 9:00am-11:30am Eastern (USA and Canada)
Update - Registration is Open! 

Development of the International Conference content is well underway. We are so excited to be planning this virtual event to benefit our Affiliates. The content will be focused around what we are calling “Future Forward” – giving an optimistic view and framework for youth development during the pandemic and beyond. We are looking forward to providing a unique global stage for a diverse community of youth development professionals, collaborators, donors and subject-matter experts to learn and connect.

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, FirstPic Inc., Bessemer Trust, Friends of Missions Clubs, Hantzmon Wiebel LLP and 501(c) Services!

Click here to register:  https://wfyc.org/wfyc-international-conference/

Collaborator Resources
Spotlight on Six Seconds

ICYMI, Joshua Freedman the CEO at Six Seconds, a WFYC Collaborator for Good, shared important insights on emotional intelligence (EQ) during October’s WFYC Webcast. For those you missed it can access the recording at www.wfyc.org. During Mr. Freedman’s remarks he pointed to additional mini-online classes that are available to Affiliate members, at no cost. Topics include Disrupt to Evolve, Practical Ways to BOOST your Reliance, Authentic Leadership and so much more. Click on this link >>> to access their list of sessions.

Spotlight on 501(c) HR Services

Click here to view 501c Services' December Newsletter >>>


It includes a list of their upcoming Trainings as well as multiple articles related to HR. 

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