Youth Making a Difference (YMAD), a Utah non-profit organization, is preparing for service expeditions in the Fall of 2015 and the Spring of 2016. YMAD is assembling a team of high school aged students (entering their Senior Year the fall of 2015) from the Wasatch Front to participate in expeditions to India. They will be trained in leadership skills, fundraising, community service and humanitarian work. Students will be participating in gathering educational and medical supplies, charitable donations, and other items. Participants will then travel to India to distribute the collected items and perform service-related tasks and interact with children at the various orphanages and government schools in India. For questions regarding these expeditions please contact Eden
***IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to recent changes in the India Visa Application, all minors are required to have BOTH Parents or Legal Guardian’s signatures, along with copies of both of their passports when applying for an Indian Visa. This is non-negotiable. You will need legal documentation to prove sole custody. You will also need to provide a Death Certificate for deceased parents. We want you to be aware of this situation now to avoid risking your ability to travel abroad.
Applications for the Fall 2015 are due January 24th. Spring Applications for 2016 will be available January 1st. The application and $25 non-refundable deposit should be presented or mailed to Youth Making a Difference. All applications will be reviewed by the Program Director and an interview will be scheduled. Applicants will be notified by email of their acceptance to the program.
Download both the Application and the Instructions
Teens must raise $3900 to participate in the expedition. Because YMAD is a 501c(3) all the funds raised are tax deductible.
INCLUDES: Year long leadership training courses, flight, all transportation, evacuation insurance, lodging and meals.
DOES NOT INCLUDE: Passport ($100), Visa ($95), Spending Money ($200) and personal travel supplies.
Participants will be housed in facilities located on the project site. Local transportation will be used to get to and from these locations.
A series of leadership training courses will be held through out the year. Adult leaders will help in the leadership training of the teens in the 7 Values of Leadership, as well as information regarding the expedition.
Meetings are held in different locations in the Salt Lake Valley. Teens are expected to be at ALL the scheduled meetings throughout the year. If you miss more then three meetings you will no longer be permitted in the program. The dates with the (*) are meetings or retreats that are non negotiable; teens who can make these meetings will be selected over teens who cannot. Locations and times will vary.