Young Episcopalians in Service
Service Trips for Youth of The Episcopal Church in Colorado
For youth grades 6-12, with opportunities for recent graduates and young adults
For more information contact co-coordinators Tina Clark and Kimberley Hubbs at Yes@EpiscopalColorado.org.
Why Service Trips?
Jesus taught us that when we clothe the naked, feed the hungry and tend the sick, we are serving Christ Himself. Caring for others in loving service is a vital component of Christian practice. Serving others through the support of Christian community is especially important for youth. During adolescence and the years leading up to it, young people are exploring who they really are in the context of peer relationships. We believe that each person is created in God’s image, unique in their own way. For youth to discover who God intended them to be, in Christian peer community, is life changing. Discovering who they are while serving others is even more so. Summer youth trips through Young Episcopalians in Service seek to follow Christ’s command to love our neighbors, and to transform our youth through that loving service.
Service Trips for 2018
Clendenin, West Virginia, June 3-9 – FULL
For rising 9th graders and above
Focus: flood relief
This mission is open to high school youth (rising 9th graders with youth minister or clergy recommendation, new high school graduates are welcome). We will be doing recovery work from floods that hit this already struggling town in 2016. We are excited to be working with Next Step Ministries this year, as part of their model of long-term community development supported by short-term service travelers like us.
All fundraising is to be done at the family and church level. Every church is required to send 1 adult for every 5 youth of the same gender. ALL Colorado Episcopal churches are welcome and encouraged to join us; please contact us with any questions at Yes@EpiscopalColorado.org.
Denver JUICE (Justice: Urban Immersive Cooperative Experience), July 22-27, 2018
For rising 6th graders and above
Focus: service/outreach and education/advocacy around poverty, homelessness, and injustice
Cost: $200/student (Adult leaders are covered in cost of trip.)
Our metro area churches are proud and excited to invite all middle and high school youth (rising 6th graders with youth minister or clergy recommendation) to our capital to learn about poverty, homelessness, and injustice in our city. This experience will combine service and outreach with education and advocacy, and the YES leadership team is very excited to bring it to Episcopal youth in Colorado.
ALL churches are welcome, and we invite and encourage churches outside the metro area to consider joining us for this week of discovery, connection, and compassion. Every church is required to send 1 adult for every 5 youth of the same gender. Please contact us at Yes@EpiscopalColorado.org for more information.
Steps for participating:
- Promote event to your youth using the JUICE Poster and JUICE Information Page.
- Have interested youth complete a JUICE Application and return it to your youth leader. The registration deadline plus $100 deposit is May 1.
- Email name, age, gender, and grade (fall 2018) for each participant to Yes@EpiscopalColorado.org.
- Make sure you have enough adult leaders for your group and that they meet Safeguarding requirements.
- Send payments to The Episcopal Church in Colorado, 1300 Washington St., Denver, CO 80203. Final payments are due June 15
Note: If you have youth interested in participating in JUICE, but do not have a youth group going on the trip, please contact Tina Clark at Yes@EpiscopalColorado.org to see if your youth can participate with another youth group.
El Hogar Ministries, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, July 6-15
For high school graduates with YES experience
Cost: $1,500/person + participation in fundraising for a $2,500 group fee
This transformative visit to a remarkable home and school, which is saving and enriching the lives of children in Honduras’ capital city, is for young adults who have graduated high school and have participated in YES trips as middle and high school youth. Please contact us at Yes@EpiscopalColorado.org for more information.
Planning for 2018 Trips
Second Tuesday each month, beginning October 10, 12:00-2:00 pm*
Meeting location: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Centennial
We will meet next on May 8, 12-2 pm
All churches interested in participating in YES! service trips next summer are invited and encouraged to attend planning meetings. If you would like to be part of our 2018 service trips, but are unable to attend a meeting, please contact YES! co-coordinators Tina Clark and Krista Dias at Yes@EpiscopalColorado.org.
Adult Leadership for YES
The success and safety of every trip is dependent on the adult leaders who travel with the group. They will work in right relationship with both youth and other adults and take a strong leadership role during the trip. We strongly encourage churches to send chaperones who already have relationships with the youth. YES requires a 1 to 5 adult to youth ratio, for everyone’s benefit. Please work to ensure that your group maintains this ratio. Church staff, clergy, and adult volunteers including parents have all served successfully as leaders on YES trips. If it is not possible for you to send the appropriate number of adults with your youth, please contact YES coordinators Tina Clark and the Rev. Krista Dias at Yes@EpiscopalColorado.org. Please also keep the gender of your YES participants in mind when selecting chaperones for your group. The diocese requires that we have 1 adult male for every 6 male youth and the same ratio for females. Chaperones must be at least 25 years old and Complete Safeguarding God’s Children training. Churches are required to run both criminal background and driver’s record checks on them.
Young Adult Leadership Opportunity – West Virginia and Denver
We invite young people who have completed at least 1 year of college or post-high school graduation work to apply as Young Adult Leaders on either of our summer 2018 experiences. This is a way for young adults to continue exploring their faith in the context of Christian service. They will act in leadership roles under adult guidance, helping to keep the trip running smoothly and taking their experience as servant leaders to a deeper level.
For more information, or to apply, contact co-coordinators Tina Clark and Kimberley Hubbs at Yes@EpiscopalColorado.org.