Setting Up a Local Initiative

We are excited to offer two different YES experiences: 

A Local Initiative with a ROADMAP or a DESTINATION.

Read through the descriptions below, decide which experience works best for your community, and then scroll down to fill out the survey! We will contact you soon to set a date

ROADMAP

Offered to all Cities who would like to set up a service opportunity

  • To begin the planning process, gather a group of at least 5 high school and/or college participants.
  • Identify 2 of the participants above to serve as the parish or city Ambassadors who will serve as our contacts before, during and after the initiative. 
      • College: 2 students with the support of their OCF
      • Teen:  2 students and 1 Clergy or Youth Director
  • Fill out the survey below and enter the names and contact information for the 2 Ambassadors and the 3 additional participants. 
  • We will set a date for a 2-hour Orientation to service and exposure to the poverty of your city on ZOOM.
  • All local Orthodox parishes will be invited to be part of the Local Initiative. There is no maximum number of participants.
  • We will connect you with 3 potential organizations to serve with.
      • The organizations will be identified through a thorough needs assessment of your city.
      • You will choose the organization(s) you want to serve with.
  • The following Sunday, YES leaders will meet with the Ambassadors to discuss plans to serve the Organization of your choice.
      • Depending on location and circumstances, the meeting may be done in person.
  • Following your first service with the organization, YES leaders will set a date for a debrief with the whole group.

DESTINATION

Offered to all cities who
would like to:

- Set up a service opportunity

- Begin a year long mentoring process towards establishing a plan for consistent service to your community

  • To begin the planning process, gather a group of at least 5 high school and/or college participants.
  • Identify 2 of the participants above to serve as the parish or city Ambassadors who will serve as our contacts before, during, and after the initiative. 
      • College: 2 students with the support of their OCF
      • Teen:  2 students and 1 Clergy or Youth Director
      • The Student Ambassadors will attend a leadership development orientation prior to the Saturday orientation. 
  • We will plan the Local Initiative around a specific issue that you want to address in your own community.  
      • We will connect you with 3 potential organizations to serve with.
      • The organizations will be identified through a thorough needs assessment of your city.
      • You will choose the organization(s) you want to serve with.
  • Fill out the survey below and enter the names and contact information for the 2 Ambassadors and the 3 additional participants. 
  • We will set a date for a 2-hour Orientation to service and exposure to the poverty of your city for the whole group on ZOOM.
  • All local Orthodox parishes will be invited to be part of the Local Initiative. There is no maximum number of participants.
  • Continued support and guidance from YES leaders and Staff.
      • Four 30 minute weekly meetings after orientation, followed by monthly check-ins for the remainder of the year.
      • Depending on location and circumstances, the meetings may be done in person.

Check out our FAQs about The Local Initiative

Watch this video to find out about
The Local Initiative

How will YES Local Initiatives be accomplished?

YES Local Initiatives will be accomplished through a GIVING CIRCLE.  A Giving Circle is a group of people who come together towards one initiative.  

The funds that are gathered support every aspect of the initiative.

Every participant gives $25 towards the initiative when they register.

YES gives $25 for each YES Leader.

Generous donors will give a gift of their choice.

One-third of the funds gathered will go towards the outreach initiative in the city.

The remainder of the funds will make it possible for the YES Program to prepare and execute the Local Initiative, and provide continued support to the group and their outreach initiative.

If you would like to set a date for a Roadmap experience, please fill out this survey!

If you would like to set a date for a Destination experience, please fill out this survey!