Youth Service Project

Looking Ahead: Summer 2022 for the next Youth Service Project (YSP) trip! Youth who are in 8th-12th grade are eligible to go on our service trip. Email Tricia for more information.


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