Frequently Asked Questions About YES Trips


What will the youth be doing on the trip?

The YES Program takes students through a service-learning process called E4 (see the ABOUT YES section on our website:  We will spend about 2 hours orienting the students and preparing them for what we will be doing.  We will then take the students on a PRAYER TOUR of the city, where they will get to know the city we will be serving in, so that we can properly meet the needs of the city.  Then we will engage the students in strategically planned service projects that mostly consist of interacting with the poor. We will enjoy fellowship together throughout the weekend and debrief well at the conclusion of the trip. We prepare and execute with safety first in mind.

Where will the group be staying?

On a typical YES Trip, our housing site is a church near where we will be serving in the city.  We also may stay at a mission for people who are homeless or the YMCA.  To find out where your youth will be staying, please click on READ THE FULL STORY on the homepage of our website next to the trip your child will be attending.

What will the schedule be like?

Please see the SAMPLE TRIP SCHEDULE under RESOURCES on our website.

What does the registration fee go towards?

The $150 registration fee covers all the expenses of preparing and executing the trip.  It enables our group to meet the needs of the people we will serve, and also to take care of our group’s needs for the weekend:  Rental Van, Gas, Food, Housing, etc.  Lastly, it takes care of trip preparation costs:  Website, Advertising, Phone calls, Mailings, Meetings, Director travel, and other costs. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for questions about scholarships & fund-raising.

Who will be the leaders on 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.

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