Got questions? HOPE Youth Corps FAQs
- What is HOPE Youth Corps?
- Who is eligible for HOPE Youth Corps (HYC)?
- How do I apply to HOPE Youth Corps?
- What are the application deadlines?
- What are this summer's HYC sites and their associated costs?
- What are the HYC service projects at each location?
- What is the fundraising requirement for HYC participation?
- When are HYC program fees due in full? What happens if fees are submitted past their due date?
- How do I turn in funds to HOPE worldwide?
- What is the Summer AmeriCorps internship? Is this the same thing as Community Service Fellows?
- What is an HYC Staff Member?
- I applied. Now what?
1. What is HOPE Youth Corps?
Inspired by James 1:27, HOPE Youth Corps seeks to imitate pure religion. By engaging youth in international service to the poor and needy, we promote leadership growth, character development, and worldwide unity.
HOPE Youth Corps (HYC) brings students from all different backgrounds together to work with HOPE worldwide programs across the globe, serving the world’s poor. Among the many benefits students receive from their participation in HYC are spiritual growth, lifelong friendships and memories, a heightened sense of purpose, greater self-confidence and independence, and a better understanding of the modern world.
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2. Who is eligible for HOPE Youth Corps (HYC)?
HOPE Youth Corps participants are selected based on their application, recommendations and heart to serve. Students age 15 and 25 years are eligible to apply for HOPE Youth Corps. Participants must be at least 15 years old to be considered for domestic (located in the participant’s country of residence) programs; for international (outside of the participant’s country of residence) programs, participants must be at least 18.
If you do not meet the age requirement or are not a student, you can still volunteer through the HOPE worldwide Volunteer Corps. Volunteer Corps is open to families and individuals. Participants younger than 18 of age must be accompanied by a participating adult. For more information on HOPE worldwide Volunteer Corps, please click here.
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3. How do I apply to HOPE Youth Corps?
To apply for HOPE Youth Corps, please click on the “Application” link on the top left of the screen under “HYC Navigation”. Once you have filled out an application, please submit your $300 deposit and ensure your recommendations have been turned into HOPE worldwide, or your application will not be reviewed. Also, please make sure you read through the application confirmation email which gives explicit instructions regarding the next steps to take after you complete the online portion of the application.
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4. What are the application deadlines?*
2014 application deadlines:
Round 1: February 17 (8am EST)
Round 2: March 17 (8am EDT)
Final Round: April 21 (8am EDT)
*In order to be reviewed during a Round, you must submit the online application, recommendations, and $300 deposit to HOPE worldwide by the above deadlines. Any applicants who do not submit any of these items will have their names put back into the general applicant pool.
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5. What are this summer's HYC sites and prices?
U.S. Site Price Range: $1000-1350 USD
Non-U.S. Site Price Range: $500-1900 USD
*Does not include airfare
Anchorage [July 14 – July 26]
Dallas [July 8 – July 21]
Denver [July 21 – July 30]
Honolulu [June 17 – June 27]
Philadelphia Co-Ed 1 [July 7 – July 19]
Philadelphia Co-Ed 2 [July 26 – August 8]
Philadelphia All Girls [July 28 – August 9]
Pittsburgh [July 12 – July 24]
Birmingham, United Kingdom [June 30 – July 15]
Durban, South Africa [July 10 – July 20]
Kingston, Jamaica [July 24 – August 2]
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [August 15 – August 25]
Nairobi, Kenya [July 14 – July 25]
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6. What are the HYC service projects at each location?
Anchorage [July 14 – July 26]: Come to Alaska this summer, where the sun never sets! Participants will stay at the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ Camp where they will help prepare the campground, mentor underserved youth, and connect with the Creator in new and unique ways. Each day beginning with a devotional, volunteers can look forward to studying the Biblical value of service in-depth, growing in discipline and character, and developing lifelong friendships and memories. Participants will also experience the vast wildlife Alaska has to offer, hiking, midnight ultimate Frisbee, and an Alaskan salmon bake!
Dallas 1 [July 8 – July 21]: Let your heart grow bigger as you serve on HYC Dallas! Participants will mentor inner-city students from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area through the Camp Miracles program which promotes healthy lifestyle choices and positive conflict resolution. You will have the opportunity to make a great impact on the children’s lives personally by your example of friendship, service, and love. Participants will build strong friends through service and grow spiritually as individuals. Also included in the program is a tour of the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex and a true Texas experience!
Denver [July 21 – July 30]: Help disaster relief efforts in Colorado! In September 2013, Colorado experienced devastating floods, affecting the lives of many. Nearly 19,000 homes have been damaged, and over 1,500 have been destroyed. Volunteers will stay at CU Boulder and work with the Red Cross and other disaster relief agencies to rebuild and restore flood damaged areas. They will also spend time serving at Trevista Sports Camp working with inner-city youth and the Denver Public School District and Aurora Public School District on grounds clean-up and beautifying projects. Every day will begin with a devotional to set the focus on God and having a heart of service. Participants will also spend time reaching out on campus, building relationships with the local campus ministry, hiking, and experiencing all the fun Colorado has to offer!
Honolulu [June 17 – June 27]: Serve on the beautiful island of Oahu! Although Hawaii is known for its beauty and wealth, there are deep pockets of poverty that are underserved. Participants will serve children living in a homeless shelter in Honolulu, help build homes with Habitat for Humanity, as well as work on environmental conservation projects. Volunteers will also worship with and get to know the Oahu Church of Christ and spend time reaching out and leading Bible Talks at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Participants will enjoy the beauty of the island through hiking, snorkeling, and other sightseeing activities!
Philadelphia, Co-Ed [July 7 – July 19]: Come to Philadelphia this summer! Participants will stay at Camp HOPE for Kids and serve as one-on-one mentors to North Philadelphia youth from the local year-round Saturday Academy program. While much of Philadelphia and its western suburbs are known for their access to wealth, higher education, and political influence, North Philadelphia, lying only one mile north of the city’s financial district, is a hotbed of deep poverty, environmental degradation, and urban blight. Volunteers will also worship with the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ, enjoy food and sightseeing in the city, reach out on UPenn and Temple’s campuses, and build deep relationships as they serve side by side peers from across the globe!
Philadelphia, All Girls [July 28 – August 9]: Join HOPE Youth Corps girls only program! Participants will stay at Camp HOPE for Kids and serve as one-on-one mentors to youth with special needs. Meet the unique needs of the youth of Camp HOPE – A camp designed to allow children with special needs experience camp! They will also worship with the Greater Philadelphia Church of Christ; enjoy food and sightseeing in the city. Build deep relationships with other girls through devotionals, group discussions and serving side by side!
Pittsburgh [July 12 – July 24]: Volunteers traveling to Pittsburgh will partner with the Boys and Girls Club to mentor at risk youths participating in the summer feeding and activity programs. They will worship with the Greater Pittsburgh Church of Christ, enjoy touring "the burg", participate in Bible Talks on the campuses of Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and have fun building relationships with peers from all around the world. Explore Pittsburgh’s many unique neighborhoods; see its world-famous bridges, mountainous scenery, beautiful architecture, and its historical significance in American history while on HYC Pittsburgh!
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Birmingham, United Kingdom [June 30 – July 15]: Spend two weeks in the heart of England serving others and exploring the historic city of Birmingham! During HYC Great Britain, participants will experience a home-stay type lodging arrangement and engage in service that includes supporting AIDS patients, painting and cleaning the Birmingham City Hospital located in a lower-income neighborhood, serving single mothers, and interacting with the elderly at a nursing home. Of course, each day will begin in prayer, and spiritual enrichment will be a top priority for every volunteer. In addition, volunteers will enjoy a day exploring and hiking Hadrian’s Wall, a vast Roman-era defense post located near the English-Scottish border.
Durban, South Africa [July 10 – July 20]: Travel to Durban, South Africa this summer! Participants will work with the “SHEILD” program – shelter, basic food, life skills, and education – through HOPEww South Africa. Volunteers will do home visits for families, childcare centers, and community centers. They will teach kids, clean up neighborhoods, and spend time with families in their homes. Participants will join the Durban Church of Christ in worship and in service. They will also spend team building days at a game resort and experience the exciting wildlife of South Africa!
Kingston, Jamaica [July 24 – August 2]: Experience Jamaica through service! Although renowned for its beauty and tourism industry, HYC participants will learn the challenges facing millions on the Caribbean island by interacting with the poor and needy in Kingston. They will spend time mentoring and educating impoverished youth in Kingston, distributing HIV/AIDS informational material, and serving young children with severe physical needs. Participants will spend time with the Kingston campus ministry; and every day will begin with a devotional to set the focus on God and having a heart of service. Also included is an excursion to Ocho Rios where volunteers will climb Dunn’s River Falls!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia [August 15 – August 25]: HYC 2014 Malaysia will be a time of spiritual service, amazing adventure, and cultural consciousness – not to mention plenty of food, fun and fellowship! Twenty volunteers, accompanied by five adults, will interact with and serve indigenous peoples on a small island, visit landmark places of worship for five world religions, care for destitute children, navigate white waters above ground and a two km river and cave underground, not to mention hanging out with hospitable local disciples. At the end of the ten day program, participants will have the option to take a train ride to Singapore for the International Leadership Conference (ILC 2014) and celebrate HYC’s 20th anniversary!
Nairobi, Kenya [July 14 – July 25]: Travel to Nairobi this summer! Volunteers will be involved in basic construction of a public primary school and environmental conservation efforts such as tree planting. They will also be involved in Kids Club activities to build the children’s esteem through playing, singing, dancing, and giving motivational talks to the older children. They will meet with the Nairobi Christian Church and spend time encouraging the campus ministry. Participants will also experience the exciting wildlife during a safari!
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7. What is the fundraising requirement for HYC participation?
All HOPE Youth Corps members are required to raise the necessary funds to attend HYC. Should you fail to submit your payments in full before the final deadline (below), your spot is subject to cancellation. Prices for each HYC session are posted above and flight costs are not included unless noted otherwise.
Please go to the Fundraising page for more information.
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8. When are HYC program fees due in full? What happens if fees are submitted past their due date?
All HYC program fees (listed above, see question #5) are due in full by close of business (5pm eastern) on Friday, June 13. Should a volunteer submit any program fee after this date, a 20% late penalty will be charged to their account. The 20% penalty is calculated from the total amount owed to HOPE worldwide. Also, any volunteer missing this payment deadline is subject to a potential cancellation of their spot on the HYC. There will also be a post-service payment penalty of $100 (flat rate for all payments coming in after HYC ends). We strongly advise making the final payment deadline and communicating to HOPE worldwide any financial complications.
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9. How do I turn in funds to HOPE worldwide?
To pay program fees and deposits via check or money order:
- Make all checks and money orders out to HOPE worldwide
- Print off and fill out the deposit form found under "Deposit Form" on the left-hand navigation menu
- Mail payment and deposit form to:
ATTN: HOPE Youth Corps
1285 Drummers Lane
Wayne, PA 19087
To pay online:
- Visit www.hopeww.org/hyc/donate
- Click on “Support a Volunteer”
- Fill out the financial information
- Put the volunteer’s name and “HYC” in the Comments Section – this is REQUIRED for all online HYC payments
Please do not mail cash. All deposits are refundable until the point of acceptance, at which point all deposits and payments to HOPE worldwide become non-refundable and non-transferable.
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10. What is the Summer AmeriCorps internship? Is this the same thing as Community Service Fellows?
The Summer AmeriCorps Internship was renamed to the Community Service Fellows. The Community Service Fellows program and all other AmeriCorps-related programs are currently not offering programs in 2014.
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11. What is an HYC Staff Member or Intern?
HOPE Youth Corps is no longer accepting interns for its 2014 programs. If you are interested in a leadership role with HYC, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with inquires regarding the Global Service Internship.
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12. I applied. Now what?
Make sure you read through the Application Confirmation email sent to the email address you noted in your application. This email will have important instructions regarding the next steps you should take and will inform you when you will hear back from HOPE worldwide.
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