My YES trip experience was refreshing, enlightening, and most of all motivated. It reminded me about the important things in life and taught me so much about the inequalities in our society. It was a reality shock, but in the best way possible. Everything that we did on the trip was amazing, but the most important part of the trip for me was the feeling that I got afterwards–I felt more equipped to go out into the world and focus on the small differences I can make to help those that have less.
YES has taught me that everyone is capable of growing their compassion and empathy. Even over the course of a weekend, not only has my perspective of poverty and other people changed, but as a leader I got to see this transformation and shift in others. YES has taught me that no matter what, everyone is worthy of love and compassion. It’s one thing to know all of this, but it’s another thing to realize and experience it for myself, which I was fortunate enough to do through YES.
YES shows the uniqueness of how to love. Love is not black and white. Love will move mountains and through your actions, you can inspire people to find their own way and find their own calling that is unique to them. Love and leadership should almost be synonyms of each other; limitless love and limitless leadership. YES proves that love can change the world.
“It is a really eye opening experience where I feel I was able to open my eyes to the problem of homelessness within the city that normally I don’t typically see. It really sparked a drive to work on serving others no matter the context and trying to live a true, Christian life at all times.”
“Ever since I went on my first trip I’ve been able to look at the world with a different perspective. The world is full of millions of beautiful people, and often times we let somebody’s situation define our perception of them. As humans it is our job to love everyone, and if l had not gone on a YES trip, I may have never understood what that meant. By opening our hearts to people of the world and loving them regardless of who they are or what their story is, we allow ourselves to grow in ways we might not think possible. YES is more than an experience, it’s a way of life.”
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