District of Columbia
Youth Service Opportunities Project [YSOP]
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Contact: Sarah DeGrandpre, Program Director
1317 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.347.2525 or 202.821.6217
Website: www.ysop.org and www.ysop.org/photogallery.htm
YSOP is committed to helping young people become part of the solution to societal problems by showing them how even their smallest actions can make a difference in the lives of others. YSOP has been a pioneer in the field of service, encouraging community participation and engaged citizenship through direct service to homeless and hungry people.
Projects/Focus: Volunteers work with a variety of organizations in the city. Sites include direct and indirect service at soup kitchens,l food and clothing banks, transitional shelters, and other agencies serving people in need.
Educational/Advocacy Components: By combining meaningful volunteer work with a communal living and learning program, YSOPers provide vital services to people in need and at the same time are able to reflect on their experience and broaden their perspectives. YSOP staff provide an orientation at the beginning of the program and reflections after each period of service. During weeklong and overnight programs, volunteers cook, serve and share in a meal with homeless and hungry guests one evening during the week. Guest speakers offered during weeklong and overnight programs and upon request.
See additional YSOP location in New York City.
Time: Overnight, day-long, weekend, and weeklong mission trips are available year round.
Group Size: 12-20; group size varies depending on program. Maximum number in a group: 100 (for large groups, please allow up to one year for planning).
Minimum Age: 13 years
Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:5
Accommodations: Simple accommodations available at YSOP DC, located in the Church of the Epiphany. Housing includes: shower facilities, some kitchen use, air conditioning, air mattresses, and outdoor courtyard space. Lodging was renovated in February 2012. YSOP is located approximately three blocks from the White House. Bring your own sleeping bag. Please call for lodging availability. Also provided: orientation, reflections, some meals, site placements, TSOP t-shirt. No TVs, music players, alcohol, nonprescription drugs, or smoking. Weeklong mission trips include time for recreation and sightseeing.
Cost: Depends on program type. Please call for fees.
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