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What is the YES Program?

The YES Program of FOCUS North America is YOUTH EQUIPPED TO SERVE.  YES provides opportunities for junior high, high school students, and college students to participate in formative weekends of service that aim to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor and bring youth to an awareness of Christ in themselves and others. Through this experience, we aim to identify and cultivate leadership gifts in trip participants, with the ultimate purpose being to raise up service leaders who will lead others in loving and serving our most needy neighbors in their own communities and on future YES trips.


Check out our new YES video to get a glimpse of the YES experience:

How is this accomplished?

YES has adopted a 4 step service learning process known as E4. The Strategy behind E4 is to move students from observers to leaders. This is accomplished by a stair-cased program centered upon carefully chosen service Projects.

The 4 steps are:

  1. Expose   Interactive Curriculum
  2. Engage  Local Service Projects & Cross-Cultural Service projects
  3. Equip   Leadership Development Projects
  4. Entrust   Student-led Missions

Each project is chosen based upon specific criteria know to be meaningful service learning context with each step, the environmental or cultural tension of the service project becomes more complex. This created tension” is by design, and provides the kind of context conducive for real spiritual transformation.

This four-tiered, service-learning approach combined with a modified orientation and debriefing component maximizes the significance and long-term effects of the YES Projects.

Get Involved Now!

  • Click here to see our list of upcoming YES trips and sign up
  • Find resources and ideas for service projects in your parish
  • Bring the YES Program to  your community!


Katrina Bitar, YES North America Director
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