A new program called Amplify is being pioneered in the Western Division for youth in seventh through tenth grades. “The program is about amplifying Christ in the lives of our middle teens… cultivating an understanding of The Salvation Army and its mission as much more than their corps but worldwide, too,” said Captain Jolinda Shelbourn, Western divisional youth secretary, who created the program. “This program was developed as a way to build youth corps leadership in the middle teens and is designed to amplify Christ through education, service and worship.” The captain noted she is seeing this age group dwindle as they get old enough to work or drive a car, and it’s been challenging to engage them. Amplify consists …

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by Captain Jolinda Shelbourn   Captain Jolinda Shelbourn, the brains behind the Amplify program to develop leaders from youth, speaks about the program, and how to get started.   Communication Communication begins by explaining the program to your corps officers. In our division, we sent each corps officer an email explaining the Amplify idea, purpose and important criteria like being able to take time away from school and being a soldier in good standing. The corps officers were then responsible to communicate with their youth leaders or youth about the program. If there was someone who they considered a good fit, we encouraged the corps officers to speak to that young person directly. Another communication role for the corps officers …

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by Jerrie Miller, territorial youth specialist   As of September 2014, over 16,000 people have experienced Salvation Army camps in the Central Territory. When asked to help our editorial department with a Central Connection article about camp, I turned to my friends on social media. My post was simple. “Please finish this sentence. At camp I found _______.” I was surprised and blessed by the responses. I hope you will be as well. They speak volumes about the ministry of camp.   Renee Brewer Johnson: Friends. Good times and Jesus. Major Mary Thomas: Fellowship and friendships. Dawn Crowell Windham: My God. My dearest friends. My mentors. My passion. Myself. Major Tammy Miller: My husband, Jon Miller. Debbie Willey Shanahan: My bed and clothes …

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CAST (Creative Arts Service Team) leader, Cadet Veronica Citron, shares about her passion for drama, and how much she is looking forward to participating on the territory’s first CAST summer mission team.   What makes you a good fit for this new team? Well, I’m certainly no Meryl Streep, but I do have a passion for drama and the theatre, especially when it’s to be used in ministry. I have a bachelor’s degree in drama and education and worked many theatrical productions in college. My goal was never to become an actor on Broadway.  I wanted to learn how to incorporate drama and theatre in the classroom because I believe it is a powerful tool for connecting students with content. …

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The Midland Division has been granted the status of a Senior Reserved Appointment. Along with this change, Majors Lonneal and Patty Richardson will assume the rank of Lt. Colonel.