WHAT IS YMAD?
YMAD stands for Youth Making a Difference. It is a Utah non-profit organization that prepares high school-aged students to provide meaningful service to less fortunate children in countries such as India.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
High school-aged teens along the Wasatch Front and other specified locations, apply during their Sophomore or Junior year to participate in training, and prepare for an expedition that would take place during their Junior or Senior year. A College Program has also been created to accommodate college-aged young adults. Adults over the age of 25 can participate as Adult Leaders with our high school students.
WHAT WILL THE STUDENTS DO TO PREPARE FOR THESE EXPEDITIONS?
The students will be trained in leadership skills (a 10-month program), fundraising and community service, and will help gather educational, medical, humanitarian supplies, and other items.
HOW MANY TEENS APPLY?
On average we have 50 teens apply for 24 spots. If more then 50 apply, we have the option to create a second expedition to accommodate as many teens as possible.
DOES EVERYONE WHO APPLIES GET ACCEPTED?
No. Acceptance for the program is based on the application and interview process. We take as many qualifying teens as we have manpower (adult volunteers) to take.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
All teen participants must raise $3,900. This includes a year-long leadership training course, flights, evacuation insurance, all transportation, lodging and meals. Take note that this amount does not include their passport ($100), visa ($200) and $200 spending money.
HOW DO THEY RAISE THE MONEY?
As part of our leadership training program, we also teach fundraising skills. We support the teens in four different methods of fundraising. It does require a lot of work, but it is possible.
HOW IS THE MONEY I RAISE BEING USED?
You raise $3,900 to participate in our expeditions, how is that money specifically being used? $2,900 is the hard cost of the trip itself--airfare, food, transportation, and housing. $500 is the cost of the leadership training program; this is what sets us apart from other humanitarian expeditions. The remaining $500 goes directly to our Change a Life program, which funds two different schools in India, affecting 150 first generation learners. More Financial Info.
CAN PARENTS PAY FOR THE EXPEDITION?
We feel that an important part of the leadership training is learning to fundraise. We want the teens to take ownership of their experience. Because of this, we ask that parents contribute no more than 50%, IF they choose to contribute at all.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
Participation in YMAD is a big time commitment. There are roughly 20 leadership training meetings during a typical program. The expedition itself is typically 14-17 days long.
WHAT IS TAUGHT IN THE LEADERSHIP TRAINING?
Our leadership training is based on 7 values that we feel are important in creating remarkable leaders. These values, along with education workshops, cultural competency and travel preparation will be taught during the year.
WHEN ARE THE LEADERSHIP TRAINING MEETINGS?
Meetings are typically held on Sunday evenings from 7:00-10:00 pm. There are 2 overnight retreats during the year as well as 2 Saturday workdays.
WHERE ARE THE MEETINGS HELD?
Whereever we find a space that is convenient and large enough to accommodate us, which has also been donated. Each Program Director will find a space that works for their team.
WHERE DO THEY TRAVEL?
YMAD focuses its efforts in areas where learning English will improve the outcome of a child's life. We have worked in various areas of India since 2005. Expedition locations are based on where there is need.
WHAT ARE THE SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS ON THE EXPEDITION?
Boys and girls are in separate sleeping quarters.
WHERE DO THEY STAY?
YMAD finds safe and clean housing in every location we visit.
WHAT DO THEY EAT?
Part of the experience of visiting another country is enjoying the cuisine! YMAD will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner for the group during our time in India. Clean water is always available to our participants.
WHAT TYPES OF MEDICATIONS OR VACCINATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE TRIP?
Participants need to be current on all vaccinations that are required for high school, and they need to have had a tetanus shot in the last 5-8 years.
WHAT DO THEY DO WHILE THEY ARE IN INDIA?
It takes about 48 hours to get to the village where they will work. For 7-8 days they will be teaching English, giving medical exams to the children, playing games, and doing large service projects, such as building bridges or painting schools. They will also have a cultural exchange with the local school. The last 2-3 days, if they have time, they may visit some cultural or tourist sites. Then it takes 48 hours to get home.
CAN PARENTS PARTICIPATE WITH THEIR TEEN ON THE SAME EXPEDITION?
For the sake of the teens, we ask that parents not participate on the same expedition as their teen.