Setting Up a Trip

What is a YES Trip?

A YES Trip is a journey. Whether or not travel is part of the Trip, we are always moving from point A to point B. Our hearts and minds begin in one place and end up in another. We grow closer to who God has created us to be for each other. YES Trips offer the perspective, understanding, and resources we need to move towards loving and serving every person we encounter.

We are excited to offer two different YES Trip experiences: 

A Trip with a ROADMAP and a Trip with 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 and after the trip.
      • College Day: 2 students
      • Teen Trip:  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 Trip

  • 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 Trip around a student who wants to address a specific issue in their own community.  This student will serve as our Trip Ambassador, and together we will plan and execute the trip.
      • College Day: 1 Student with the support of their OCF
      • Teen Trip:  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 1 of 3 dates in the survey)
      • All local Orthodox parishes will be invited to be part of the Trip

  • The Student Ambassador will gather the Trip group together
      • 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

How will YES Trips be accomplished?

YES Trips 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 Trip when they register.

YES gives $25 for each Trip 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 Trip, and provide continued support to the group and their outreach initiative.

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

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