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Yesterday we looked at how your student ministry can really serve your graduated seniors by helping them find a church, equipping them, and checking in on their faith and life periodically. Today we’re back with 3 more ways that youth groups minister to students in the “5th year.”

Send a care package.

There’s something magical about notes and cards from home. Combine that with some of Sandra’s famous brownies and it’s like heaven on earth. Think of a creative package you can mail to your students—what if you created an assembly line at youth group next week and made up some really special gifts to send their way? It would be a great way for students to get in on extending their community beyond 12th grade, and also give them something to look forward to when they’re done with high school, too!

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Send your Grads off with the Graduation Gift Set 2!
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Invite them back.

This past weekend it was so fun to have some of our students back for their college spring break. A better youth worker would have planned a reception for former students to come back to, or even had a little reunion planned for them. How cool would it be to create a culture where students are celebrated when they return and look forward to reconnecting with the leaders who loved them beyond youth group? I want that kind of ministry!

Let them serve for the summer.
A great way to extend the ministry of your youth group past their senior year is inviting key students back as leaders the summer after their freshman year. Have a plan in place to have them serve as coordinators for summer events, help pull off summer camp or shadow you in the day-to-day roles.

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Send your Grads off with the Graduation Gift Set 2!
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You might be surprised who turns out to be a youth worker like you, too! Imagine what this could look like a few years from now when a serving culture is established! A legacy of students who survive the tough transition to college life with grace and their faith intact.

How else can we serve our students during the “5th year” effectively? Got any ideas to share?

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