On Young Neighbors in Action, teams that come together work together for the week. Participants are assigned to one site for the week to build community and relationships and to accomplish tasks. Large teams may be divided up to work at several work sites. Teams have an opportunity to express their preferences for the type of work they feel would best fit their gifts and talents as a group.
No two Young Neighbor sites are exactly the same. The programming is similar at each site, but the program location, work opportunities, and communities are unique. We offer three basic types of service at our program sites. These are some examples of what the work options might be:
Hands-on physical work — scraping, painting, fixing, yard work, landscaping, planting, weeding, graffiti removal, construction and renovation with groups like Habitat for Humanity
Children and family work — summer camps for children, tutoring, day care and day camps for infants, toddlers, elementary and pre-teen children, family centers, migrant Head Start programs, programs for developmentally disabled children and youth, organizing arts and crafts, Bible schools, working with children in orphanages, and children's homes
Direct assistance work — cooking and serving meals in soup kitchens and shelters, working with food banks and clothing shops, homeless shelters and abuse centers, Catholic Worker houses, and AIDS hospices
Our goal is for every site to offer the chance to meet people and work on a concrete task, build relationships, and make a difference. How these pieces balance out differs from one site to the next. But each experience promises to be rich and purposeful. Sign up today for a summer adventure you will never forget!