Gather your young people together for a day cleaning up their town. Provide them with all the equipment they are likely to need, divide them into teams, and set about clearing up rubbish, cleaning graffiti, digging gardens, painting garages and whatever else your community needs.
This project will be much more effective if you spend some time beforehand working out what the real needs of your community are. For example, talk to your local council or residents’ association. Then target two or three particular areas and give them a deep clean. Or you could pick a particular street, speak to residents and ask them what they would like your team to do.
Equipment. Make sure your group has all the tools they need for the tasks in hand. You may need to enlist the help of the wider church in providing tools or the funds to buy equipment.
Health and safety. Make sure anything you plan is properly risk-assessed. And again, child protection must be a consideration, so make sure you have enough adults helping to lead the project. Although the young people will not be getting paid for their work, it is important to make sure that they do the best job possible, so leader monitoring on the day is essential.
Local Media. This is a great chance to show others that not all young people fit the media stereotype, so invite the local media along to see the amazing work that the young people are doing.