Summer Youth Mission Trip
From Jeremy Krekula
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Wind River Reservation, WY
Are You Ready?
Your YouthWorks trip is right around the corner.
After your trip get your friends together and take on the 1K Challenge.
God has a great week in store for you. Make the most of your mission trip experience this summer!
Contact your youth leader if you have any further questions about your trip.See ya soon!
Who is YouthWorks?
We are a non-profit youth missions organization that loves teenagers!! Our purpose is to provide life-changing, Christ-centered youth mission opportunities for youth entering 7th grade to newly graduating seniors.
YouthWorks began in 1994 when 35 churches sent 400 students on our mission trips to South Dakota and Mexico. This past summer, over 35,000 youth joined us! Each summer, churches bring participants to sites across the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Canada. YouthWorks is designed to create opportunities for junior and senior high school students to learn more about Jesus’ love through missions.
We believe the most important thing we can do is to live out the love of Christ with all we meet. Building relationships is essential to living out Christ’s love. Therefore, the friendships your youth will create with people in our mission site communities are of utmost importance to us. Paint on houses will eventually chip off, and stories and games may be forgotten in time, but the relationships your teenagers develop with community members will create a vehicle for everlasting ministry. We pray that your teen comes ready to experience the joy of being the hands and feet of Christ!
First and foremost, we want you to know that we are, at all times, concerned with safety. We have specific on-site procedures in place to help keep everyone safe. These include:
- Site Boundaries – The Site Director will inform participants of the site boundaries, and we ask that youth and adults abide by these boundaries.
- Rule of Three – Participants are asked to always travel in groups of three or more. Youth should always have an adult leader present when away from the housing site. This includes working at a ministry site, walking or elsewhere in the community.
Our site staff have talked with the nearest hospital and/ or local clinic to make them aware of our presence and will supply adult leaders with phone numbers and directions. The participant release form filled out by each youth and adult leader is sufficient for entry into a U.S. emergency room. Every staff member is CPR and First Aid certified.
A YouthWorks staff member will be present in the kitchen for all meal preparations to ensure cleanliness. We ask that all groups who come to the site to participate in the preparation and serving of meals and cleanup. This gives youth an opportunity to serve one another and share the responsibility of the site.
We ask every youth to sign a youth covenant before coming on a YouthWorks trip. In signing this covenant, youth agree to fully participate in the mission week and follow the guidelines put in place by the staff. That being said, YouthWorks staff and other leaders will leave the discipline of your youth to the adult leaders from your church. If a situation arises that the YouthWorks staff members believe is irreparable, the involved youth will be transported home immediately at the expense of his or her parent or guardian. We sincerely hope that such a problem never occurs. Our intention is to work closely and prayerfully with trip leaders in making such a decision.
Alcohol, Drug and Weapon Policy
Alcohol, illicit drugs and weapons are strictly forbidden at YouthWorks housing, work and ministry sites. Anyone (leaders/ youth) in possession of such substances or weapons will be sent home immediately. To ensure the safety of participants, we request that any prescription drugs and other medications be held in the custody of an adult leader.
Harassment and Abuse Policy
YouthWorks prohibits sexual harassment, harassment, physical and/ or sexual abuse on or off the YouthWorks premises or in the course of YouthWorks activities or ministries. YouthWorks will investigate any allegations of such misconduct in accordance with applicable law. YouthWorks will not retaliate against the reporting person.