YES Service Trips
Young Episcopalians in Service
Service Trips for Youth of The Episcopal Church in Colorado, Grades 6-12, with opportunities for recent graduates and young adults
For more information contact 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.
Wind River, Wyoming, Rescheduled for Summer 2021,
YES Colorado is excited to announce the Middle/High School mission trip to Wind River, WY
Episcopal Youth Event (EYE), Rescheduled for Summer 2021, University of Maryland, College Park
This year’s Episcopal Youth Event is postponed due to COVID-19. All registered delegations and bishops have been contacted and arrangements are being made to refund deposits. The Department of Faith Formation, which organizes the Episcopal Youth Event, hopes to reschedule the gathering for 2021.
EYE is a tri-annual youth event hosted by The Episcopal Church. This international church wide event convenes so that “the energy of the youth of the Episcopal Church can continue to be utilized in active ministry as members of the Body of Christ.”
EYE is for current high school students, enrolled in 9-12 this school year, 2019-20. This event is for youth who are engaged in their faith journey and active in their church or youth group. Youth who are seeking a lively, interactive and faith strengthening experience to help understand their membership in the Episcopal Church. It is preferred that youth for this trip have traveled for service, missions or faith based trips in the past. Youth are required to provide medical records of vaccination for this event.
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. 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.