Young Neighbors In Action (YNIA)


Young Neighbors in Action Trip – June 24-30

YNIA Follow-up Meeting  Blessed, Broken, Shared: Tuesday, July 17 6:30 pm St. Matthew Gathering Space

Wow—it’s been two weeks since our YNIA team finished our work in Chicago and headed home. In many ways it seems like just others it seems a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…This Tuesday our YNIA team will gather for a follow-up evening to continue our journey – we’ll break bread together using the loaf we brought home from Chicago, then share some Wisconsin not-so-deep-dish pizza and do some remembering together. After dinner we’ll revisit our plans to bring the experience home – both in terms of how we can share our experience with the parish and how we can continue serving as a group. Hopefully we can choose a service experience or two for us to do this second half of summer.

What is Y.N.I.A?

Over the past 18 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.


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,