Mission & Service Trips

YMCA youth travel programs are educational experiences that focus on social responsibility for teens both in North Carolina and beyond.

The goals for our youth travel programs are to build communities that nurture personal growth in spirit, mind and body. These programs have been designed to foster responsible citizenship, healthy lifestyles, environmental stewardship, international understanding, service and respect for individual differences. We work with a company called Youth Services Opportunities Project (YSOP) that organizes mission trips for various groups. The YMCA has worked with YSOP for many years.

2018 Trip Destinations & Dates

New York, New York
April 1 - 7, 2018, High School
This trip is currently on a waitlist.

Charlotte, NC
April 2 - 6, 2018, Middle School

College Tour (TBD)
April 2018, Middle & High School

Contact Information

Leigh Dauchert, Associate Branch Director 
Kendall Harris, Senior Director Clarence E. Lightner Y Achievers

Program Highlights

Participants lend a hand with a diverse range of service initiatives that may include projects around homelessness and hunger. On previous trips, teens and adults have worked with food banks and soup kitchens. They can also earn community service hours for school and service clubs, including YMCA Leaders Club.

Have fun with friends. Spring Break programs are designed for teens to enjoy a break from school while strengthening relationships with their peers and mentors. College Tour participants will learn about the many majors of study at colleges and universities and explore campus life at well-known colleges and universities.


New York
$807, YMCA Members
$100, nonrefundable deposit
Balance can be drafted monthly November through March

Register Today!


The New York trip is currently on a waitlist.