Young Neighbors in Action
Young Neighbors in Action (YNIA) is more than just a week of doing service. It is a service learning experience. A truly Catholic program, Young Neighbors engages participants in Catholic Social Teaching and takes a Catholic approach to service. YNIA is about helping youth both deepen their commitment to the gospel challenge to love and to serve and work for justice in the world today – right here – right now. Young Neighbors seeks to help participants serve a real need, to help make a difference in the community, not because it makes us better Christians, not because it makes us feel good, but because Jesus calls us to serve.
St. Louis, MO ~ July 15-21, 2018
** We will be leaving on Sunday, July 15th around 6 am **
**We will return on Saturday, July 15th around 8 pm **
Facility: First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood ~ St. Louis, MO
Accommodations: All participants (including adults) will sleep in conference rooms, with 10-15 participants sharing sleeping space on a carpeted or uncarpeted floor. Participants are advised to SINGLE size air mattresses or foam pads, for more comfortable sleeping as well as pillows, linens/sleeping bags and towels for personal use. Showers are available off-site, across the street from the church.
How will we serve?
No two Young Neighbors sites are exactly alike. Although programming is similar at each site, the program location, work opportunities and the communities that we enter into help guarantee that each event is a unique experience. Clean-up, paint-up, fix-up, construction, and repair, regular involvement in children’s and family programming, or providing direct assistance to those in need. Almost every site offers the chance to both meet people and work on a concrete task, how these pieces balance out will differ from one site to the next. Teams that come together to Young Neighbors, also work together during the week. Participants are assigned to a single work site for the entire program week.
We will be holding fundraising opportunities to raise most if not ALL of the money needed for the trip. If you participate and work hard you should be able to pay for the trip with little cost to your family!!! You are expected to work the Wild Game Dinner on December 1, 2017 as this mostly covers our expenses and much help is needed by all!
The program fee for YNIA in the United States is $395. Fees include:
- Lodging and meals during your program week
- Program t-shirt, journal, and water bottle
- Daily programming designed to inspire deeper faith, build community, connect to scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, engage in dialogue about important issues and have a lot of fun!
- Skilled program staff to lead the week (background checks are done on all program staff to provide a safe environment for participants)
The initial payment of $75 per person reserves the space. This initial fee is non-refundable/non-transferable.
Our spots have already been reserved and deposits are taken on a first-come basis whether you will be able to participate (So get your deposit in early). A waiting list will be formed after all spaces are filled in case someone is unable to attend.
The mission trip is a very rewarding experience and it continues to grow in popularity every year. If you are planning on going on the mission trip this summer, we are asking that you attend at least half (50%) of the meeting/activities/service opportunities. This gives everyone a chance to get to know each other before we go as well as learning more about your faith. I understand everyone is busy, but that is why I am not asking for 100% participation. If you would like to go, please plan on attending as many youth group activities as possible!
Cost Estimate (very, very rough estimate)
YNIA Cost: $395
Transportation, etc: $150
Other costs: food during travel only ($25 on your own)
I will continue to estimate costs and keep everyone informed of the cost breakdown as we go! (Current Total about $545)
Once deposits are made there are NO refunds as we do not receive refunds from Center for Ministry Development.
***IF YOU CANCEL YOUR SPOT AND IT CAN’T BE FILLED YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO PAY THE FULL AMOUNT OF $545.***