Hi, I'm Josh Hall, the founder of YSAcentral. My brother Spencer and I and our development team have spent almost 3 years working full time creating YSAcentral for LDS young and mid-single adults (check out the video above!). It's been our mission to unite together LDS singles all over the world and make communication and socializing simple to help keep our hope alive and the fire burning.
But we need your help to finish this much needed website. YSAcentral is 90% complete, without your financial contribution and your help spreading the word, we'll be forced to stop development and won't be able to launch it.
Up to this point, the entire YSAcentral project has been paid for by me personally at great sacrifice. Why? Because no YSA website existed that helps LDS singles overcome their unique challenges and I felt very strongly that one needed to be built. But sadly, due to conditions outside my control, I can't afford to finish the last 10% of development without your help. YSAcentral is an amazing and very robust social platform that requires money and a team of developers. If we don't reach our fundraising goal, YSAcentral is not going to happen.
This is where you come in and how you can help make it happen for millions of LDS singles like yourself or those singles that you know and love! We must reach our fundraising goal and in order to do so, I need you to do 2 simple but extremely important things:
Keep Our Hope Alive and Our Fire Burning
For us singles, our happiness and our desire to be our best selves is heavily influenced by our social situation and our outlook on our social opportunities. Out of all the things that we need as LDS singles, a social network that unites us all together online and offline is by far most needed to help keep our hope alive and keep the fire burning within us during this difficult period of our lives (see video).
Loss of Hope Brings Loss of Spirituality
For most YSAs, their greatest desire is to be married. Since marriage and the gospel are so intertwined together, when the hope of finding an ideal eternal companion is lost or seems unlikely, faith that once burned brightly now grows dim and their desire to live the gospel begins to fade and some, far too often, fall away. When opportunities are limited or non-existent in their own ward, being stuck socializing exclusively within that same small group of people month after month causes many to lose hope.
New Opportunities Bring New Hope
Hope of friendship, eternal marriage and a burning desire to live the gospel can be strengthened or restored when YSAs are able to frequently attend social activities where they can consistently and easily meet new people, see fresh faces, and have invigorating social interactions with singles from other wards in the area. YSAcentral makes this happen by breaking down communication barriers and makes socializing simple.
All YSAs Will Be Included, Involved & Accounted For
YSAs need to be social, to be spiritual, to be united and they need to belong; they need their own unique social network to unite around, be empowered and be touched by inspirational and spiritual messages while they are communicating online. Priesthood leaders will be more electronically enabled to more effectively serve, connect with, strengthen, communicate with and keep track of their young single adults of today.
A Social Network Built for LDS Singles by LDS Singles: Unites Everyone & Everything in One Spot
Being LDS and single, your lifestyle and social needs are very unique and differ greatly from the world's. It's not easy. We know! We're frustrated YSAs too! So we've built a website exclusively for YSAs and what we need:
- Every YSA, every activity, every announcement and all the social action within your entire region.
- Communication tools, uplifting & entertaining content, helpful info, regional directories, and more.
- Accessible anytime, anywhere and always up-to-date. Complete social information in real-time.
- No more social barriers. No more social despair. No more being excluded. YSAs are united!
- It's all in one spot; from activities to adventures, rides to roommates, hope to humor, dating ideas to making friends, you'll be enhanced personally, strengthened spiritually and enabled temporally.
You will be helping create something that enables, empowers and gives us hope! YSAcentral and MSAcentral, the platform specifically for mid-singles, will bless & enrich the lives of millions of singles for decades to come.
You can join this great cause by clicking the "contribute" button now. Whether it's $5 or 5,000, your contribution and efforts in spreading the word will make a huge difference. You will be happy knowing that you personally helped create something that makes our lives better and more vibrant. Will you join me and help make it happen for us LDS singles?
Website Platform Exclusively for YSAs
YSAcentral is a website platform exclusively for LDS singles and their leaders; structured and partitioned geographically using designations called Social Regions.
Unites Thousands of YSAs Together in One Big Social Circle within Social Regions
Social Regions are made up of all the YSAs attending wards within their boundaries.
Centralizes Everyone and Everything Geographically
Each Social Region gets their own self-contained website to allow everyone to get plugged-in and using the same communication platform, keeping all the information, communications, activities and events happening all around the Social Region centralized and easily accessible in one central spot.
Interactive Social Network
YSAcentral is a safe, secure and centralized social network for YSAs to interactively exchange information, plan, socialize, learn, laugh, find, share and spark friendships; all designed to get them offline and socializing in person with a feeling of unity and confidence.
Activity Planning System
YSAcentral Activity Wizard is
YSAcentral facilitates easy and real-time communication between everyone living within the same Social Region.
Platform for Hobby & Recreational Groups
YSAcentral is a centralized platform for creating, managing and discovering hobby & recreational YSA groups of any kind, including service projects. All in ONE spot!
YSAs will be able to find and meet up with other YSAs from all around their region that also enjoy the same interests and recreational hobbies. Whether it's biking, basketball, learning to quilt, jogging or joining a service project, every group can be found in one spot. Adventure starts here!
Housing & Roommate Listings
YSAcentral is a real-time, centralized housing & roommate listing service exclusively for LDS YSAs. For those with rooms to rent, they can post their ad anytime with photos & video. For those looking for a room, they can view what's available world-wide in real-time, 24/7.
It's All For YSAs and It's All In One Spot
YSAcentral aggregates and organizes content that's uplifting, inspiring, helpful and relevant to YSAs and to their challenges as LDS singles, and makes it all easily accessible in just ONE spot.
Leadership Communication Channel
YSAcentral is a communication channel for church leaders to uplift, strengthen and directly communicate with YSAs.
Facebook Friends Updated Automatically
Oh yeah, did we mention that you can share your thoughts, photos and adventures on both Facebook and YSAcentral simultaneously so everyone is always up-to-date? We like making things simple.
Help Us Help You
Without your efforts in spreading the word, we will not be able to reach our goal. To do so, we need you to take a minute to encourage members of your ward, your family and your friends all over the world to contribute by sharing the URL link to this fundraiser page. At the very least, they'll be interested in knowing about YSAcentral.
Those who are single, or know and love someone who is single will gladly want to contribute to help make this great cause happen, so please don't be shy in spreading the word! It's so easy!
EASY Ways to Spread the Word
- Click the facebook "Like" button (below the video)
- Email the link (click here or just copy & paste it)
- Post the link on Facebook & Email all your Facebook friends
- Post on your Blog or Twitter
- Write a personal comment when sharing on facebook or clicking the "Like" button. This makes the post show up for more of your friends. Without personal comments, posts are ranked very low by facebook and often aren't displayed to friends.
- Re-post the url link on facebook frequently. It often takes several reminders for us to act.
- Tell everyone: singles, married, members & non-members. YSAcentral is REALLY needed outside the U.S. so please make sure you tell your mission companions, etc. so at least they know about it.
Still need more incentive to help spread the word? How about every time a friend or family member visits this fundraiser page by clicking on your personal referral link you've shared with them, you earn points towards winning awesome prizes & gifts provided by our partners! Enjoy the prizes yourself or give them as gifts.
Earning prizes is easy. Just click on the "Get My Link" button below and you'll get your own personal referral link that you can use to help spread the word to all your friends, family and Ward members on facebook, email, your blog and text messages.
Your personal referral link goes directly to this page, but it's unique to you so we can keep track of your referral points. You can track how many points you've earned each day and see how you stack up with others helping spread the word. You can even make this a friendly competition in your Ward to see who can spread the word to the most people!
Check out a few of our awesome prizes below. To be eligible for the top prizes, we must reach our fundraising goal. With your help we can do it! Thank you so much for spreading the word!
Your much needed contribution will be used to complete the final 10% of development and for expenses related to launching this amazing social platform and communication tool.
Out of the $60k, we will be receiving $55,560 after deducting processing fees (Paypal 2.9% + .30 per trans. and Indiegogo 4%).
Use of funds based on reaching our $60k goal:
- Payment processing fees deducted by Paypal & Indiegogo: $4,440
- Payroll for our 6 person development team (3 months): $35,000
- Servers, development tools & operating expenses: $20,560
We would love to have passionate people like you help make YSAcentral be amazing in anyway you can. There are many ways you can help, but we especially would appreciate passionate and committed volunteers to help in the following areas:
PHP Expert (min. 8hrs per week committment)
- Graphic Design
- MySQL Database Optimization
- Official YSAcentral Reps to help promote and roll-out YSAcentral in their area
If you are passionate about making amazing things happen and changing the world, we'd love to have you be a part of our awesome volunteer team. To learn more about becoming a volunteer, click the link below: