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2024 Youth Mission Trip

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June 17-21, 2024

This summer, youth (currently in grades 6-12) are encouraged to consider travelling with their peers to learn about and serve in the Twin Cities. YouthWorks has actively partnered with local organizations in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul area since 1996. Over the years, they’ve mobilized groups like ours to serve through children’s programs, housing programs, outreach to the elderly and those experiencing homelessness, and supporting movements to help address key issues like food insecurity and systemic racial inequality. We will depart CHN the morning of Monday, June 17, and return the evening of Friday, June 21.

 

Commitment cost: $150/student (payable to Church of the Holy Nativity)

  • This cost includes all food, housing, and activities, and is subsidized by previous fundraisers. It is recommended that youth also bring spending money for shopping, snacks, etc.

  • Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. Please contact Rachel.

  • Payment due by June 7.

 

Registration is closed. 

Participant Information

Check here for information and forms for our upcoming trip. Copies of forms are also available in the Ford Room and can be returned to Rachel's inbox. Hard copies of pre-trip information will be included in participant folders and reviewed during Orientation on Sunday, June 16 (for parents and participants), and Monday of our trip.

Information

Forms to Complete

Itinerary

Day 1
Monday
June 17

8:30 am: Meet at CHN

9:00 am: Depart from CHN 

Travel to Twin Cities, MN

Arrive Twin Cities around 5:00 pm

Dinner, Orientation

Day 2
Tuesday
June 18

Service Day

Feed My Starving Children

Global Health Ministries

Day 3
Wednesday
June 19

Service Day

Lyngblomsten

Day 4
Thursday
June 20

Service Day

Loaves and Fishes

Kids In Need Foundation

Day 5
Friday
June 21

Travel Day

Lunch and activities in Wisconsin

Evening: Return to CHN

Service Partners

YouthWorks partners with several community organizations in the Twin Cities. As we learn which partners we'll be connected with, we'll highlight them here. 

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Global Health Ministries (GHM) is an independent Lutheran nonprofit (501c3) established in 1987, and specializes in capacity-building for Lutheran health systems in under-resourced countries, serving some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

"We believe all people should have access to a healthy life. But they don’t. Together we can make a difference.

Each year thousands of volunteers gather in our Minnesota-based warehouse to help sort and pack medical equipment and supplies to share around the world. At the request of our international partners we also offer grants and volunteer consultants to help build their capacity to move the needle on health in their communities and effect sustainable and enduring change."

We will be helping in the warehouse with various projects, likely sorting medical supplies to be shipped around the world. 

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Every year, millions of children die from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and undernutrition. Hunger is still causing nearly half of deaths in children under 5 years old. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. As a Christian nonprofit, FMSC is dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development. FMSC meals are developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs and reduce problems with malnutrition. Nutrition allows children to grow, thrive and develop to their full potential.

We will be helping to pack meals for people around the world. 

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Lyngblomsten is a Christian nonprofit organization enhancing the quality of life for older adults of all faiths and cultures through its healthcare and housing facilities as well as through its community-based outreach programs for seniors living independently. Lyngblomsten is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and is partnered in ministry with 30 Minneapolis/St. Paul-area congregations.

This is a relational site, and we will be there to spend time with residents and participate in any activities!

Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) helps create equitable learning spaces through the distribution of supplies and resources, investing in teachers and students in underserved schools. With the belief that every child in America should have equal opportunity and resources to engage in a quality education, KINF focuses its programs and initiatives on teachers and students most under-resourced, those where 70 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-cost meals through the National School Lunch Program. In 2022, through its programs, National Network of Resource Centers, and coast-to-coast local partners, Kids In Need Foundation and our national network supported over 7.7 million students and 333,169 teachers in 17,472 under-resourced schools, with KINF distributing more than $143 million in free school supplies and classroom resources nationwide at no cost to schools or teachers. 

We will learn about KINF, receive a tour of the Teacher Resource Center, and assemble backpacks or boxes with essential school supplies that will be delivered to under-resourced schools. 

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Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit organization with a mission to serve free, healthy meals to Minnesotans where the need is greatest. We are guided by our vision that all people - regardless of socioeconomic, cultural, religious, or ethnic background - deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity, and respect. We meet hunger through multi-faceted meal programming, including community meal sites, summer meals and snack for students, street outreach, and partnering with local nonprofits to provide meals. 

We will be helping in the Commissary Kitchen. We will be helping the onsite chef to produce large quantities of food to go to a meal site. The chef will guide us and tell us more about what Loaves and Fishes does in the community. 

Minneapolis has three nicknames:

“Twin Cities” together with neighboring city Saint Paul, “Mill City,” and “City of Lakes” 

 

Minneapolis is third to New York and Chicago for having the largest theatre market. 

 

With shorelines of 90,000 miles, Minnesota has more than Florida, Hawaii, and California combined.

Fun Facts about Twin Cities
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