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YES Service Trips

Young Episcopalians in Service

Service Trips for Youth of The Episcopal Church in Colorado

For more information contact co-coordinators Tina Clark and the Rev. Krista Dias at yes@episcopalcolorado.org.

***Mandatory  Training for  All Leaders***

May 20, 10 am-noon,  at  Good Shepherd Centennial

This is a chance to make sure that our leadership team (all adult and young adult leaders) has a chance to get to know each other and to learn the norms and expectations for both trips. The team will also get a sense of what to expect from the experience. Remember that if  you are sending youth, you must send adult volunteers at a 1:5 ratio. If you send boys and girls, you must send volunteers of both genders. All leaders must be Safeguarding  certified.

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.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 4-10, 2017

Ages: Rising 9th-12th grade students, accepted at discretion of the youth leader
Cost: $795, including airfare

The city of Baton Rouge and surrounding areas were devastated by floods in 2016. High School youth are invited to travel to Louisiana and assist with much needed flood relief.  Baton Rouge has also been the setting for some of the racial tension that our country has experienced in recent years.  In addition to service work, youth on this trip will learn about racism and reflect on the ways we are called as Christians to help bring forth God’s healing.  Our work will be coordinated by the Camp Restore, a  ministry of the Lutheran church in Louisiana.

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Payment schedule:

$150 deposit due with submission of application  no later than February 15
$215 due  March  15
$215 due April 15
$215 due May  15

*Applications and payments should be turned in to  your parish youth leadership.

Please make checks payable to your parish.

Salt Lake City, July 9-14, 2017

Rising 6th-12th  grade students, accepted at discretion of the youth leader
Cost: $350, with the possibility of a reduction in costs to $300 closer to the trip

Any Urban Setting has pockets of people in great need. The YES group will travel to Salt Lake City in order to care for underserved populations in the area. More details about the specific work will emerge closer to the trip dates. We will lodge at the Diocesan Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah, and will be coordinating work sites with a variety of ministries in the Salt Lake City Area.   The YES group will travel together in vans rented in Denver.

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Payment schedule:

$75 deposit due with submission of application  no later than February 28*
$100 due  March  15
$100 due April 15
$75 due May  15

*Applications and payments should be turned in to  your parish youth leadership.

Please make checks payable to your parish.

Instructions for  Parish Youth Leadership

Applications

Please keep completed applications for your own records. When you receive applications, please send the following information to YES via email at yes@coloradodiocese.org:

  • Full name, age at travel, grade for fall 2017, gender, and t-shirt size.
  • Also send adult leaders’ names and genders as they commit to the trip.
Payments

Once you have collected all deposits,  have your  parish or church send a check to:

The Episcopal Church in Colorado
Attn:  Pam Greenfield
1300  Washington Street
Denver,  CO  80203

Be sure to note  YES Salt Lake or YES Baton Rouge in the memo so monies can be applied to the correct accounts. Deposits should be sent to youth leaders along with all paperwork filled out by February 28th.

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.

NEW THIS YEAR – Young Adult Leadership

Many young adults between the ages of 18-24 find themselves wanting to continue exploring their faith in the context of Christian service.  This year we would like to invite young adults to join our trips as young adult leaders. 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. . They will serve at the invitation of a priest or youth leader and complete Safeguarding God’s Children training.  As with other adults, churches are responsible for running criminal background and on young adult leaders.

For more information contact co-coordinators Tina Clark and the Rev. Krista Dias at yes@episcopalcolorado.org.