YES WORLD PARTY DAY!
The Youth Equipped to Serve (YES) Program of FOCUS NA invites you to participate in our first national WORLD PARTY DAY! On Saturday, October 29th, we ask you to join us in hosting your own WORLD PARTY for your own community! 🙂
THERE WILL BE WORLD PARTIES IN THESE CITIES!! MORE CITIES AND INFO TO COME!
BOSTON, MA – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – WICHITA, KS – PITTSBURGH, PA – NEWARK, NJ – AKRON, OH – HOUSTON, TX – NASHVILLE, TN – SANTA BARBARA, CA – AUSTIN, TX
What is a WORLD PARTY?
On September 4th, 2016, Mother Teresa was canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta. In honor of her life and her words, “Love begins at home,” we want to create a nationwide celebration of her message: love and serve those most in need in your own home and city. St. Teresa served friend and stranger without hesitation, simply because she looked at each person and saw Jesus Christ. YES is excited to offer this opportunity for people all over the country to go out into their own cities and love both strangers and friends.
A WORLD PARTY is a beautiful way to bring all the people of a community together. In short, it is a gathering at a designated outdoor place in the city with heavy foot traffic and activity for about 2 hours in the afternoon. Participants are prepared signs with inspiring messages and uplifting gifts to give to anyone that walks by or joins the party. It is designed to create opportunities that break down societal and stereotypical walls, radiating joy to anyone and everyone.
CLICK ON THE WORLD PARTY SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE TO FIND OUT HOW TO HOST YOUR OWN WORLD PARTY!
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:
- Expose Interactive Curriculum
- Engage Local Service Projects & Cross-Cultural Service projects
- Equip Leadership Development Projects
- 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
866-267-3083 x 705