Hosting a YES Family Day is an exciting opportunity to bring your parish families together and expose them to the poverty that exists in their own community.
HOW TO HOST A YES FAMILY DAY
about hosting a YES Family Day
Frequently Asked Questions
Most frequent questions and answers
What will my family be doing?
All YES events follow the “E4” service learning process: Expose, Engage, Equip, and Entrust. These four concepts infuse everything we will be doing during a YES family day. The day starts with orientation and guided discussion that exposes us to the reality of poverty, and our place in the solution. Engaging service projects make up the remainder of the day, where families have the opportunity to break through potentially uncomfortable situations. By the end of the day, families are more equipped to continue service, on their own, in day to day life.
Will my family be safe?
As a parent, it’s your right (and duty) to ensure that your children are not exposed to undue risk. That being said, the life-changing benefits of youth-ministry service experiences are without parallel. YES Leaders plan each aspect of a trip with safety and minimal risk as a top priority. It is natural for there to be tension and discomfort present during YES activities, but this tension does not mean that the group is unsafe. We have to meet the poor where they are, even if it is in what many would call “unsafe” parts of the city. Leaders visit all ministry sites prior to the trip, and if there seems to be a great chance of danger, alternate plans will be made.
Who will be leading the trip?
The YES Trip leaders are designated youth workers who are trained to lead YES trips. They have gone through extensive youth ministry and trip leader training, and 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. Leaders are generally young adults that are both from the host city and also interns or trained trip leaders from the YES Program.
What should my family wear?
Wear weather appropriate clothes that are comfortable and good for walking. Recommended dress is jeans, t-shirt, and tennis shoes.