For our 2012 youth mission trip, we will fly to Denver, CO and work with various urban groups under the guidance of Denver Urban Ministries. This help may involve everything from light construction to helping other youth. Our group of 40 youth will be split up into work groups and go to different places during the day before meeting back up together in the afternoon.
The youth that will be going include youth from Congregational Church, University Christian Church, United Christian Church of Taylor, and United Christian Church of Austin. About 20 youth are going from UCC Austin, and Ken White and Ian Stahl will be the adult chaperons from UCC Austin. There will be a total of 6-7 adult chaperons going on the trip, almost all of whom have worked together on prior trips..
This is a little different from some other mission tips we’ve been on, schedule-wise. We will be leaving on the Monday after graduation. We will also be working 5 days instead of 4 days, but we will still have a fun day in the Rockies on Sunday. We will return on Monday evening. The schedule is below.
The out-of-pocket cost of this trip is $200 per youth. Scholarships are available for families with financial need. The difference between the out-of-pocket cost and the actual cost is about $450, which will be made up with fundraising, so it is very important that everyone participate in fundraisers.
Meet at airport ~ 4:30?
Arrive Denver 7:55 pm
June 5th – 9th: Workdays!
· 7:00 am - Rise and Shine, it is time to work! Groups will volunteer at any of the 20+ local nonprofits partners. Groups larger that 10 will be split into different work teams during the day and require separate transportation. Usually, what one group does one day, another group will do later. This way all participants get similar experiences.
· 8:30 am – Arrive at the worksites. Traveling directions, worksite expectations, and contact information are provided by the Urban Education Manager. Worksites include, but are not limited to: preparing and serving meals for the homeless; sorting and packing donations in a food bank; building or improving low-income housing; painting homes, nurturing and tending gardens and working with children of economically disadvantaged families, individuals with disabilities and the elderly.
· 12:00 pm - Lunchtime! Urban Education groups should expect to bring their own sack lunches to the worksites with them. Then it is back to work!
· 4:00-7:00 pm - Relaxation time! A couple of the afternoons may be set aside for educational activities such as a Downtown Walking Tour or the Game of Life. Other afternoons are free, allowing time to explore the city of Denver, take a nap or shower. This is a great time for groups to discuss their experiences in Denver and reflect on the bigger social issues.
· 7:30 pm - One evening will be devoted to a discussion with someone who has experienced homelessness first hand. Other evenings your group might choose to plan activities: eat dinner at a local ethnic restaurant, head to the mountains, enjoy a Rockies game, shop at the 16th Street Mall, or schedule the Denver Hunger Meal. Information is available for possible evening and free-day activities.
· 9:30 pm - Evening discussion and worship. This is a great time to reflect on what the impact of serving is having on your personal and spiritual lives.
· 10:30 pm – Bed Time
June 10th”: Fun day in the Rockies
Depart Denver flight #149 2:50 pm
Arrive Austin 5:50 pm. Youth are picked up from the airport.