A Mission Trip Youth Advisor assists with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of our Mission Trip in conjunction with the Youth Program Coordinator and other adult advisors.
What is the Mission Trip?
Since the summer of 2004, our church youth group has been participating in an annual seven day trip to Battle Creek, MI to work for Habitat for Humanity’s “Collegiate Challenge”. Collegiate Challenge is Habitat for Humanity’s year-round alternative break program that provides opportunities for students from youth groups, high schools and colleges to spend a week working on construction, demolition, restoration, and/or clearing out abandoned homes, in partnership with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
The conditions during the work week are hot and dirty. The group is generally at a work site from 8am-4pm. Much of the work takes place out of doors or without air conditioning. Participation includes strenuous physical labor during those hours. After-hour group activities include such things as cooking, clean-up, and structured recreation. What follows is a list of general expectations of participants:
Expectations of Advisors:
• Participate in 3 years of Mission Trip work.
• Participate in all planning meetings (approximately 4-5 per year)
• Implement specific tasks assigned by planning group
• Assist with Youth interviews to determine eligibility for participation
• Participate as an advisor in Fundraising activities related to Mission Trip
• Get to know the Youth in our program before the trip.
• Assist with driving during trip as needed
• Act as Youth Advisor during actual trip, providing support and guidance
• Provide leadership in all activities of the trip, including Habitat work, extracurricular responsibilities, and leisure activities.
• Adult over age 25 who have been active in our church for more than 2 years, or who were youth advisors with strong recommendations from a previous UU congregation.
• Support UU principles and values
• Enthusiasm, patience and a sense of humor
• Strong facilitation, communication and listening skills
• Ability to work collaboratively with good organizational skills
• Experience in working with high school-age Youth is highly desirable, but a strong willingness to learn is acceptable.
Please submit application and letter of interest by October 29, 2017 to the Youth Program Coordinator, Deb Solis. Questions? Contact Deb at 414-273-5257 ext 209 or deb.solis[at]uumilwaukee[dot]org.