See a sample schedule for a YES service-learning weekend.

Make sure to fill out these release forms and bring them with you.

Know what you need to bring and what to leave at home on your trip.

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YES Trip Sample Schedule

The following is a sample schedule for a YES service-learning weekend.  The group will be oriented thoroughly on how to approach the people serve and how to best meet their needs.  Serving and loving children, working poor, seniors and the homeless community are often elements of our trip, along with becoming acquainted with how to make consistent commitments to the poor of our communities. The group will also be presented with many opportunities to gain a new perspective on the city and its people.

FRIDAY- 2 possible examples

  • 1pm- Meet and Register- Lunch is served
  • 2pm- 4pm- Orientation
  • 4:30pm- Prayer & Head out for Dinner w/ the Homeless
  • 7pm- Debrief
  • 8pm- Prayer Tour
  • 10pm- Debrief and Prayers
  • 5pm -Meet and Register- Dinner is served
  • 6pm – Orientation
  • 8pm- Prayer Tour
  • 10:00pm – Debrief and Prayers

SATURDAY

  • 8am- Prayers and Breakfast
  • 9am-12pm- Ministry
  • 12pm- 1:30- Lunch w/ the Homeless
  • 1:30- 2pm- Debrief
  • 2pm- 3:30- Ministry
  • 4pm- Return to Housing- Prepare for Vespers
  • 5pm- Vespers
  • 6pm- Out to Dinner
  • 8pm- City Outing!
  • 10pm- Debrief and Prayers at Hostel

SUNDAY

  • 10am- Liturgy
  • 11:30- Lunch
  • 12:30- Debrief
  • 2pm- Pick up

Packing List

The following is a sample schedule for a YES service-learning weekend.  The group will be oriented thoroughly on how to approach the people serve and how to best meet their needs.  Serving and loving children, working poor, seniors and the homeless community are often elements of our trip, along with becoming acquainted with how to make consistent commitments to the poor of our communities. The group will also be presented with many opportunities to gain a new perspective on the city and its people.

What to bring

What to leave at home

YES TRIP FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

The YES Program takes students through a service-learning process called E4.  We will spend about 2 hours orienting the students and preparing them for what we will be doing.  We will then take the students on a PRAYER TOUR of the city, where they will get to know the city we will be serving in, so that we can properly meet the needs of the city.  Then we will engage the students in strategically planned service projects that mostly consist of interacting with people in need. We will enjoy fellowship together throughout the weekend and debrief well at the conclusion of the trip. We prepare and execute with safety first in mind.

On a typical YES Trip, our housing site is a church near where we will be serving in the city.  We also may stay at a mission with volunteer housing, a youth hostel, or the local YMCA.  To find out where your youth will be staying, please see the details of their particular trip on our website.

Please see the SAMPLE TRIP SCHEDULE on our website.

Your generous $175 trip donation covers all the expenses of preparing and executing the trip.  It enables us to:

– take care of ALL COSTS of trip preparation, including:   website, advertising, phone calls, mailings, meetings

– take care of ALL COSTS during the trip weekend, including: meals, transportation, and the needs of those we serve

– send our trained Trip Leaders to your city

– relieve our host parishes from ALL financial burdens, including:  travel costs and honorariums for Trip Leaders

The YES Trip leaders are designated youth workers who are trained to lead YES trips.  They have gone through extensive youth ministry, poverty awareness, and trip leader training.  They are equipped to attend to the needs of the students, guide them with love through the weekend, and to respond with care in any situation that may arise.  Depending on the number of trip participants, YES will send 2-3 leaders to your city, and welcome local youth workers to attend with their youth as well.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Core Guidelines: 

  • All YES Leaders must be vaccinated or receive a negative COVID test within 72 hours to travel. 
  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times by all participants, YES Leaders, and local youth leaders.
  • When outside, masks can be removed if it is possible to keep a physical distance of at least 3 feet apart.

     

  • For all participants – DO NOT attend the Trip if: 
      • You have any of these symptoms:
          • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
      • You have traveled internationally in the last 10 days.
      • You have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
          • Close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask
  • On the day of the Trip:
      • Leaders will have hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes available when needed.
      • The group will follow all COVID-19 restrictions mandated by the city for the safety and health of everyone we serve and one another. 
      • The group will wear face coverings/masks when interacting with others off the grounds of the church property/meeting place, whether inside or outside.
      • When visiting a ministry site, the group will follow all COVID-19 restrictions implemented by the organization. 
      • If weather permitting –  
          • Gather outside the church in an open space for orientation and for all activities, when possible.
          • Maintain physical distance of at least three feet apart.
      • If the weather is not permitting – 
          • Meet inside of the church in an open wide space.
          • Physically distance by keeping at least three feet apart.
          • Wear a face-covering/mask at all times.
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