From the 2012-13 Parish Youth Ministry Reports submitted to the OY&YAM, these were listed as the most "successful" youth ministry programs, events, or series by the parish contacts.
Please note that "success" does not mean the most people attended, although that is some times true, it means that there was an impact on the youth in regards to their understanding of Christ, faith and our Church.
These are merely listed in the order they were received, at to not seem like I am picking favorites! But, I do like seeing that the most frequent seem to be service activities and mission trips. Also popular were retreats, learning, fun and larger-Church events.
I posted these in the "Youngstown Youth Ministers" board on Facebook, but wanted to repeat these here as well as to be a 'spring board' of ideas for your local consideration!
THANKS for all your positive efforts to share the Gospel with teens!
Appalachian Mission Trip in July
Celebrate (retreat program)
YDisciple "pilot" year at St. Charles
a kick-off picnic for the high school teens and their parents: Late morning Mass, food, meet and greet and games.
Our 1st Annual Community Day -- 10 teens and their families do odd jobs/service at our home-bound parishioners’ homes.
Our mission trip to KY was also a great experience
The 30 hour famine
Community outreach projects such as work for the elderly in Rake n' Run
Parish Fall Festival work at Kid's Game & volunteer in dining room
Vacation Bible School attracted a number of Youth Group volunteers
the Diocesan Youth Convention
October Caramel Apple Making Session
End of Year Senior Blessing
end of year Celebration of Youth
preparing and serving lunch at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall
caroling at St. Joseph's Hospital
The Easter Flower Delivery
An Overnight Youth Retreat - including Mass & Reconciliation
The Youth Ministry Famine
The trip to Appalachia.
Regency Bingo, held monthly
The Laser Quest Outing and Bowling Party with Stark County
K Day Mission Travel to Kentucky, Youngstown, Ecuador and Kenya
"Soup" Kitchen days
Monthly Masses and Music Ministry Groups
Theology of the Body Program for grades 7 and 9
When the students voice what topics were of interest to them.
Preparing treat bags for younger students "A Christmas Pageant" for parents, followed by Christmas Family luncheon (K-12)
Narration of the Gospel with younger children acting out the roles at the 4:30 Children's Mass
Retreat preparing for Confirmation
DVD 7 deadly sins, 7 lively virtues -Fr. Robert Barron
Collecting food for the Emmanuel Care Center on Super Bowl Sunday
Steubenville Youth Conference
a Wii Tournament
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.