Dear Miles City,
Thank you so much for supporting the Miles City Youth Coalition. You’ve been our hero, blessing us with your time, enthusiasm, and resources on behalf of the kids in our community – and because of you, we’ve had some successes worth celebrating:
- Through our mega-fun super awesome events, MCYC has brought students together from all backgrounds and forged friendships where there weren’t any before: between the tennis player and the theater nerd, the student newspaper reporter and the kid who digs post holes on the weekend.
- Last summer, MCYC hosted Alpha, a 9-week long discipleship program which allowed kids to gather together and have real-life meaningful discussions.
- Every student who attended an MCYC event made connections with at least one mentor figure who cares about them (and probably enjoys paintball, too). When life gets hard, as it tends to do when you’re a teen, those connections MATTER.
- We’ve had a few students exhibit a natural gift of leadership, and we’ve been able to nurture that through leadership opportunities and training, empowering them to be a part of what we’ve created.
- Most of all, because of you, MCYC has shown our youth that their community cares. Your support demonstrates that they have value apart from their performance, that they matter to their community, and that they deserve to have a special place just to be themselves. For that, MCYC thanks you from the bottom of our hearts.
We wish this letter was only about our successes, but unfortunately, we have sad news to report. Despite your generous support and our best efforts, MCYC has decided to close. We believe that our community deserves to know why, though we wish we could have fixed it or at least had a better answer.
In short, we had big dreams, but we weren’t big enough to accomplish them. And, in our excitement to serve our community’s youth, we set our mission and goals before truly understanding their needs – goals that were too big to accomplish with our small volunteer staff. We set out to solve a problem that wasn’t really there: our kids don’t need more to do – their calendars are already full.
Our mission needed to be reworked, restated, and re-birthed – but by the time we realized it, it was too late. Our current team had burned out and didn’t have the ability to do that necessary work, and we didn’t feel that a poorly executed half-effort would be honoring to our students or our donors.
On the bright side, another one of MCYC’s successes was that we were able to make meaningful connections with some other fantastic organizations that are dedicated to the kids in our community – organizations that, in our haste to help the youth, we didn’t realize were already here. In light of these things, MCYC felt that it would be better to work with these existing organizations than to compete against them for our community members’ support.
MCYC may be closing, but our mission lives on through the many local organizations that are dedicated to serving our youth. Our remaining assets will be distributed among the following groups, earmarked for their youth programs:
- The Outreach Clinic
- Valley Community Baptist Church
- Milestown Community Improvements, Inc.
- Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center
- Kiwanis/Key Club
We look forward to seeing what these organizations have planned for the betterment of Miles City youth, and we’re grateful to them for carrying on our shared mission.
Please accept our heartfelt thanks for what you’ve done, and our sincerest apologies for what we couldn’t do. Our executive director, Harmony Lott, is happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding this issue, and she can be contacted by email at Harmony@mcyouth.org
The Miles City Youth Coalition Board of Directors