YES FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

A YES Day Trip is an experience of service designed by YES and facilitated by YES leaders for local students. Participants are exposed to and engaged with the poverty of their own community and given the training and resources to be consistent servant leaders.

Visit our website to read all about the YES Trip: https://yesnorthamerica.org/setting-up-a-trip/ 

Yes. Depending on the guidelines and situation of each city, we will plan on having hands-on service experiences. We may serve with an organization, create our own outreach project, or meet the needs of the poverty of your city with a hands-on project at your parish. 

A YES Initiative provides local students with the research, training, and support to lead their own service experience. Participants are exposed to and engaged with the poverty of their own community and given the training and resources to be consistent servant leaders. 

Visit our website to read all about the YES Initiative: https://yesnorthamerica.org/localinitiative/settingup/ 

No, they do not.  We will prepare a full needs assessment of your city, and connect you with at least 3 potential organizations to serve with.  After hearing about the organizations from their staff, your group will decide who you want to serve with and how. If there is an on-site opportunity that you’d like to participate in, that is your choice.  There are also countless ways to serve and do what is most needful without spending time on site.  In fact, some organizations do not allow on-site volunteers and have created incredible opportunities that connect volunteers with their clients virtually.  There are also supplies that organizations need that you can gather or prepare off-site and drop off.  We want the ownership of the service opportunity to be yours, which includes leaving the outreach that comes from your heart in your hands. 

You can read about the entire process on our website: https://yesnorthamerica.org/localinitiative/settingup/ 

Simply read the descriptions of a YES Trip and YES Initiative. Then, fill out the survey corresponding to the YES experience you’d like to host. Once we receive your survey, we will reach out to you to set a date.  

Visit our website: https://yesnorthamerica.org/initiatives-trips/ 

Our orientation exposes participants to the reality of the poverty in the world through an interactive curriculum. The students are presented with various questions: How do we create opportunities for God’s Kingdom to be real in this world? How do we approach service? What are the stereotypes that exist within all of us that prevent us from putting the needs of others before ourselves? Is poverty a complex or simple problem, and what is our place in the solution? 

We will then present a detailed needs assessment that we have prepared.  It will give the group a thorough picture of how their city is currently struggling and the needs that the people have.  We will share the potential ministry partners we have found for the group to work with, such as homeless ministries, nursing homes, family shelters, food distribution centers, and other organizations in need.

For the YES Initiative, we are using the Giving Circle model to create the Initiatives and serve the needs of our communities.  Click here to see how the Giving Circle works:  https://yesnorthamerica.org/localinitiative/settingup/ 

For a YES Trip, there will be a registration fee of $65 for each participant. 

The YES leaders are experienced participants of our program who have been trained to lead YES Trips and Initiatives. They have gone through extensive youth ministry and leadership training, and are equipped to attend to the needs of the students, guide them with love, and to respond with care in any situation that may arise.  Leaders are generally young adults that are trained leaders and/or staff of the YES Program.