Youth Unlimited intentionally partners with churches to host our SERVE mission experiences.
Each Youth Unlimited SERVE mission experience is run by a Host Team of 8-10 volunteers from a local church where the mission trip for teens is taking place.
These dedicated volunteers organize the SERVE experience with the full support of Youth Unlimited and your congregation. Together, Youth Unlimited and the local Host Team strive to organize a week of service that will have a long-term impact on your community, your congregation, and on the students and leaders who come to serve.
A SERVE experience is at its best when relationships are formed between those who are serving and those who are being served, recognizing that those who are being served have as much to give and share as those doing the serving.
Churches that host SERVE welcome students and their youth leaders for a week. The number of participants that your church could accommodate (sleeping, feeding, service capacity, etc) will determine the size of your site. SERVE sites range in size from hosting 25-125 people, with the average being 50-60 people.
We currently offer three types of SERVE experiences:
- Mission trips for High School students
- Mission trips for Middle School students
- Mission trips for people with Special Needs
Throughout your hosting experience, Youth Unlimited will provide you with:
- Prayer support
- Administrative details
- Spiritual Life materials
- Financial resources
- Registration system
- …and more, including online resources (which you can log in to see here)!
Our Host Team Prep Kit explains in further detail about how to host a SERVE mission experience in your area.
If hosting a SERVE teen summer mission experience sounds like something you’d be interested in, please contact Jen Rozema, American SERVE Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (616) 241-5616, ext. 3046 or Ron deVries, Canadian SERVE Director, at email@example.com or (780) 619-6566.
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