District of Columbia

Youth Service Opportunities Project [YSOP]
 
(Washington, D.C.)


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Contact: Danielle Stonehirsch, Program Director
   1317 G Street NW
   Washington, DC  20005
E-Mail: 
dstonehirsch@ysop.org
Phone: 202.347.2525 or 202.821.6217
Website: 
www.ysop.org
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/YSOPserve 


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, 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 provides 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 and Philadelphia, PA.

Time: Overnight, 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, YSOP 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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 Reach Beyond Mission (Washington, D.C.)


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Contact: Mary Lu Johnston
  15907 Braesgate Drive
  Austin, TX 78717
E-Mail:  info@reachbeyondmission.org

Website:  www.reachbeyondmission.org

Biblical.  Progressive.  Inclusive.  Reach Beyond Mission is a theologically progressive youth mission program that goes beyond traditional mission, combing service opportunities with thoughtful and intentional poverty education.

[Programs of Reach Beyond Mission are run in Austin and Houston, TX and in Washington DC.]

Projects/Focus: Reach Beyond Mission  is a fully planned youth mission experience.  Youth join youth from other churches across the country to explore issues of culture, gender, and poverty in an urban setting.  Participants volunteer at numerous metropolitan area non-profits working with the homeless, low-income families, children, people with disabilities and the elderly.  Reach Beyond Mission  provides speakers, age-appropriate activities, and discussion starters to help young people explore the biblical, theological, economic, social, and political issues related to poverty. 

Educational/Advocacy Components: It is life-changing when youth are challenged to move beyond feeling warm and fuzzy about helping others and begin to explore how to spend a lifetime changing the system which causes poverty.  It is life-changing when youth begin to recognize that racism, sexism, and all the other "isms" are more than attitudes and that those "isms" have provoked real actions which have left many of God's children marginalized and disadvantaged.  It is life-changing when youth begin to understand that they have power to make an impact with their votes, through their career choices, and with how they spend their money.

Time:  Washington DC location:  Contact:  info@reachbeyondmission.org to arrange dates.
           (other dates and themes in Texas)

Group Size: Maximum 45 Participants per week.  Smaller groups will join others from different places and congregations.  

Minimum Age:  Varies by location and week.

Adult to Youth Ratio: 1:6

Accommodations: Food is provided.  Groups are housed at local church or school.  All females and males sleep in separate rooms, including married adult leaders.  Showers are available either on-site or at a nearby location.  Participants provide their own transportation.  Program provides 2-3 trained young adults who will serve as hosts and program coordinators.

Cost: $255-$345 per person per week.  varies by week and location.

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Rev. Mary Schaller Blaufuss
Team Leader, Global Sharing of Resources
700 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
216-736-3214
blaufusm@ucc.org