Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF REACH BEYOND MISSION?
We know it is important for youth to have an opportunity to work and serve others, but we believe it is most important for youth to learn about root causes and systemic issues and go back their communities with a vision to serve and work for justice beyond the mission trip week.
WHAT AGE YOUTH MAY COME?
Our mission weeks are designed for youth who have completed grades 6 through 12. Because of the intensity of our mission weeks and our agreements with our partners, we can only allow youth to attend who have completed the designated grades. Due to liability issues, we cannot accept college-age participants for multi-group weeks.
WHO MAY REGISTER?
We accept registrations from congregational or judicatory youth leaders for the entire group. We do not accept family or individual registrations.
ARE THERE OTHER GROUPS?
If your group has 25 participants or less, your week will remain open for other groups to register. Your youth will be divided into small teams and will join with youth from other groups to serve at sites throughout the city. An adult from your group will always be with your youth.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
WHAT WILL OUR ADULTS DO?
Your adult leaders are important to the success of Reach Beyond Mission. In addition to working alongside your youth, your adult leaders will drive a small group of your youth to service sites, lead your evening group discussions (curriculum is provided), and most importantly, work alongside youth at service sites. Your adult leaders are responsible for the safety of your group and will need to be able to follow through with any behavioral issues.
HOW MANY ADULTS DO WE BRING?
Adult leaders must be at least 22 years of age and know your youth well. We require a ratio of 1 adult leader for every 6 youth. College-age interns serving on your staff may come as part of your adult team, but they may not be counted in your adult to youth ratio. For the protection of all youth participants, your church is required to complete a national multi-state criminal background check for each adult over age 18 that will participate in the mission week. Groups must provide Reach Beyond Mission with written confirmation (form provided) that a national multi-state criminal background check has been completed by your congregation within the past year prior to your mission week.
WHO PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION?
Your group provides transportation (vehicles, gas and mileage) to and from the mission location, and during your week in all cities with the exception of Washington D.C. where you will use public transportation. In addition to your own group, your drivers may be driving youth from other groups to and from service sites during the week. Youth will never go to a service site without an adult leader present from their own group.
WHERE DO WE STAY?
Adults and youth are housed in a local church or dorm facility. Showers are either on site or at a nearby location.
WHO PREPARES MEALS?
Mission trip meals are intentionally simple. All meals will be catered or prepared by dorm staff, following health recommendations by the CDC.
WHO LEADS THE WEEK?
Your week will be facilitated by a leadership team of two or three college students under the supervision of a Site Coordinator. The leadership team will ensure that everything is prepared and ready so that you and your adult leaders may serve alongside your youth. The leadership team will make certain that you have supplies, directions to service sites, food and lodging. The team leads morning focus, a few learning activities, and hosts guest leaders. Our leadership team members are not camp counselors, but rather, are servant leaders who are well-trained and ready to help you lead your youth through an amazing week! Our staff training includes First Aid/CPR Certification, Safe Conduct Training, Food Handling Certification, Special Needs Training, Anti-Racism Training, Inclusive Language Training, in addition to Leadership and Curriculum Training.
WHAT IS THE CURRICULUM?
Reach Beyond Mission focuses on education. We use a biblically-based justice education curriculum that addresses poverty, charity, justice, and systemic issues. The curriculum includes learning about advocacy and developing a plan of action beyond the mission week. We expect that you will bring adult leaders who are capable of leading a small group, who know your youth, and who can discuss justice issues from your church's theological perspective. Your group will participate in learning activities and hear each evening from guest leaders who serve in social service, public policy, government, ministry, and justice advocacy organizations.
WHAT ABOUT HEALTH CONCERNS?
The health and safety of your group is most important to us. We will follow all CDC and local health authorities guidelines for group gatherings and will partner only with organizations that do the same. Reach Beyond Mission weeks will be modified or canceled no later than April 30, 2021 if necessary based on pandemic conditions at that time. We are offering sleep-at-home trips in Austin and Washington D.C. as well as live virtual trip options this summer in order to ensure that your youth group can find a place to participate comfortably.
WHAT IF WE REGISTER FOR AN "ON LOCATION" WEEK AND THEN CHANGE OUR MIND?
If you register for an in-person "On Location" week and then decide to switch to a virtual week, you may do so at no cost through February 1, 2021. Because it will be difficult for Reach Beyond Mission to recoup costs after February 1, 2021, there will be an additional per person cost added to the cost of a virtual week. The schedule for additional costs my be found here. Note that these costs do not apply if Reach Beyond Mission must cancel in-person "On Location" mission weeks.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET IN TOUCH?
Our office is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Central, but we try to respond to email daily. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach Beyond Mission seeks to provide life-changing experiences that equip youth with biblical, theological,and social tools to do justice