Young Neighbors In Action (YNIA)

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Young Neighbors in Action Trip – June 24-30

Over the past 17 years or so St. Matthew has taken a group of high school students on a service or mission trip for a week during the summer. June 2018 we will be heading to Chicago for a unique week of service learning. Our week will help us respond to Pope Francis’ call for a church that discovers Christ by loving and responding to the needs of the poor. Working with other youth from around the country, we’ll build community while we focus on the church’s Social Teaching. 

Sign-up is on a first-come basis for Parish members and past participants. This year’s team has room for a total of 18; fifteen youth and 3 adults. Your spot is reserved with a completed registration form and your down payment of $50. The full cost for the trip is approximately $375 out of pocket. Participants should be aware that there will be meetings to prepare, as well as group fundraising events they will be expected to participate in as part of meeting the group costs for the trip.

Youth participants must have completed at least their freshman year in high school. Adult chaperones are required to be at least 21 years old, and must undergo a background check and Virtus training.

YNIA Registration Form 2018


Can't go but want to support the trip? Sign up for the 11th Annual Crop For A Cause! Get together with friends and fellow scrapbookers & stampers for two days of fun, food, raffles & prizes! Don't scrapbook or stamp? No problem - bring anything you would like to have fun being creative (paints, colors, etc...). Each participant will have their own work station where they can spread out their crafting supplies. Beverages and snacks will be provided Friday evening. Continental breakfast, lunch snacks in the afternoon, and dinner will be provided Saturday. Beverages will be available all day. Saturday also includes separate morning and afternoon raffle baskets! Have fun and support the young adults at the same time!


The 2017 YNIA trip to Washington D.C. was an amazing experience!

Young Neighbors in Action is a national service learning experience focused on helping youth deepen their commitment to the gospel challenge to love and serve and work for justice in the world today—right here—right now. YNIA incorporates service to others, learning about our Church's social teachings, prayer, and building relationships with others.

This past summer we went to our nation’s Capital July 16th to the 22nd for a unique week of service, learning, and advocacy.  During our week we experienced poverty in a way none of us has before.  Our week has helped us respond to Pope Francis’ call for mercy, and a church that discovers Christ by loving and responding to the needs of the poor. Working with other youth from around the country, we built community while we focusing on the church’s Social Teaching.

Youth participants must have completed at least their freshman year in high school.  Adult chaperones are required to be at least 21 years old, and must undergo a background check and Virtus training. More information on the YNIA experience can be found on the Young Neighbors website, www.youngneighbors.org