Youth Service Project

Summer 2022: Youth Service Project (YSP) trip! 

Our work is to share God’s love by working together to restore homes, empower people and change lives.

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Who: Youth who have completed 8th grade – Graduated Seniors
When: June 18-26, 2022
What: We will be working to repair homes in the New Orleans area that have been
severely damaged and neglected from Hurricanes.
Why: Jesus tells us that we are called to love others and to be a light for the world, through our service work we spread hope, love and embody God’s grace.

Download this form for more info and to sign up!


Each summer, a team of youth and adult volunteers from First UMC Santa Monica take time out of their summer vacations to go on a week-long mission trip. During the trip, youth learn about themselves and build relationships with people from all over the U.S., they learn teamwork and how to use power tools, and they are given the opportunity to help people to gain a safe, warm, and dry home to live in through their work. This service leadership opportunity helps youth to grow in their faith through serving others. We collaborate with reputable youth-centered service organizations, and while the location of the trips varies each year, the mission remains the same: Be in community and of service to those in need.


A LOOK BACK: YSP 2019 Sierra Service Project

Youth Service Project – Radio Feature
While the youth were on their trip, the local Smith River Community Radio station did a feature about the service project, and First UMC Youth Emily Plukas was part of the group that was interviewed. Listen Here

A LOOK BACK: 2016 YSP Sierra Service Project

In 2016, the team worked with the Sierra Service Project. They repaired homes in a small rural community for people with limited financial resources.

Video by Adam Guerrero