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

  • Fill out the survey below

     

  • Identify parish or city Ambassadors who will serve as our contacts before, during and after the initiative.
      • College: 2 students
      • Teen:  2 students and 1 Clergy or Youth Director

  • Minimum of 5 participants. No maximum
      • All local Orthodox parishes will be invited to be part of the Local Initiative

         

  • 2-hour Orientation to service and exposure to the poverty of your city on ZOOM

     

  • 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 Students who have attended 2 or more Trips

  • Fill out the survey below

  • We will plan the Local Initiative around a student who wants to address a specific issue in their own community.  This student will serve as our Ambassador, and together we will plan and execute the initiative.
      • College: 1 Student with the support of their OCF
      • Teen:  1 student with the support of their priest and/or Youth Director
      • The Student Ambassador will attend a leadership development orientation prior to the Saturday orientation. (The student will select a date in the survey)
      • All local Orthodox parishes will be invited to be part of the Local Initiative

  • The Student Ambassador will gather the group together for the Local Initiative
      • Minimum of 5 participants.  No Maximum

  • 2-hour Orientation to service and exposure to the poverty of your city for the whole group on ZOOM

  • Continued support and guidance from YES leaders and Staff
      • 4-week Mentorship Process from Idea to Action
      • 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!