Youth Service Trips
Our Youth Ministry team believes in the power of our youth as agents of service, justice, and change in our world. Serving our communities, putting our faith into action, and building relationships across difference are foundational to our Youth Groups. We have opportunities each month for students to serve and learn about topics facing our world today. Our High Schoolers are also invited to participate in service trips, including overnights and our week-long service trip in June. Examples of those trips are below.
Rev. Amy Clark Feldman
Deep Roots at Clairvaux Farms
Deep Roots strives to break the generational cycle of homelessness and show families that homelessness is not destiny by:
- Encouraging children and their parents to envision a brighter future
- Building and sustaining healthy relationships
- Helping families and individuals navigate a course towards personal and social responsibility
- Providing better life experiences, mentors, healthy life-models, education, and supports
CLICK HERE to see a slide show of our most recent June 2022 trip to Deep Roots
CityReach is an overnight urban outreach program for youth, young adults, and college students from churches of any denomination. The program gives young people the opportunity to learn first hand about homelessness from people who have experienced it. During the 20 hour session, participants join CityReach staff in street ministry and offer hospitality, food and clothing. This is followed by times of sharing and reflection.
To learn more about CityReach, visit commoncathedral.org/cityreach
Rauschenbusch Metropolitan Ministries
Located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen in NYC, Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries provides direct and educational services that promote individual and community growth. RMM programs meet basic needs of the most vulnerable, provide youth and adults with educational opportunities that help them achieve their academic and personal goals, and foster a vibrant community life in its diverse New York City neighborhood. High Schoolers from the Union Church in Waban participated in RMM’s Urban Immersion program, where they were invited to serve in an urban garden and soup kitchen, and to look into aspects of RMM’s ministry in New York City, including: Homelessness, Food Justice, Youth & Education, Gentrification, and Interfaith Work.
To learn more about Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries, visit: rmmnyc.org/home
Appalachia Service Project
Appalachia Service Project is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that inspires hope and service through volunteer home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia. UCW’s high school youth group joined ASP’s mission for a week to make homes warmer, safer, and drier for families. Each year, more than 15,000 volunteers serve with ASP, providing critical repairs for more than 350 families.
To learn more about the Appalachia Service Project, visit www.asphome.org