Jadyn Youngquist’s contagious enthusiasm for serving children with special needs is impossible to miss. The pre-teen even has colored bands on her braces that match the Victory Lane Camp logo. The VLC staff naturally turned to Jadyn when it came time to launch a program for the 11-16 year old Backyard Mission Trip participants.
Jadyn was instrumental in creating the TIM program. TIM stands for Teens In Mission, also giving a nod to I Timothy 4:12, which begins “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young.” Through the TIM program, pre-teens and teens are given a chance to be more involved with Victory Kids and their families.
Jadyn was one of five TIMs at this year’s Pace Lap Camp, the first time the program was fully implemented. Each TIM was assigned a Victory Kid and asked to stick with them through therapy and camp activities. The TIM gets to know the entire Victory Family in order to anticipate any needs and assist the family throughout camp week. This year’s TIMs included Dylan Youngquist, Samuel Fischer, Jacob Haney, and David Urwin. Jadyn was assigned to Claire Wallace.
“If I hadn’t been given Claire to work with, I wouldn’t have felt the extreme need to get to know her,” Jadyn expressed. “The TIM program pushed me to meet her, and it’s been such a blessing for me.”
Jadyn is helping to expand the TIM program outside of the camp week. The expanded TIM program would involve the TIMs agreeing to work through a list of fun and interactive expectations, such as cheering on a Victory Kid at a school program and volunteering at a pediatric therapy clinic or in a special needs classroom.
“The tasks are designed in order to help the TIM get closer to the Victory Kid and the family, but on a step-by-step level so that the parents don’t feel like it’s too much at one time,” Jadyn noted.
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