Simply stated, the purpose and goal of Humanitarian Experience for Youth (H.E.F.Y.) is “Changing lives through service.” We believe that service draws us closer to Christ. There is a great need for service in the world, and there are many youth who want to fill that need. Our mission is to provide opportunities for teens to serve in areas of the world where they can be of assistance to our less-fortunate brothers and sisters and grow their testimonies of the Gospel in an atmosphere that is safe, fun, and conducive to the standards of followers of Jesus Christ.
With headquarters in Provo, Utah, H.E.F.Y. is an LDS-oriented service group dedicated to engaging youth in global and interpersonal growth. H.E.F.Y. strives to provide a threefold experience for each youth: 1) to complete a character-building service project for those living in extreme poverty; 2) to embrace the culture and learn to love the people of the country in which we serve; and 3) to create opportunities to build lasting friendships with members of the Church where H.E.F.Y. groups are serving and with peer volunteers and trip leaders. Ultimately, H.E.F.Y. aims to develop and nurture a perpetual and long-lasting desire for participants and alumni to engage in humanitarian service that edifies both the giver and the receiver.
When Glenn and Elisabeth Bingham's oldest son was a teenager, he wanted to spend time volunteering on a service expedition. However, the Binghams were concerned that many of the established youth humanitarian programs would put their son in a situation that would test rather that strengthen his LDS standards.
This made the Binghams think..."Wouldn't it be great if there was a group for LDS youth?" Talking with friends, they found several other parents who felt the same way and were looking for the same type of experience. The Binghams began contacting friends throughout the U.S. in an effort to form their own excursion – one based on values they all shared as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They formed an organization called Alliance for Youth Service and in 1999 led their first expedition to Brazil, with just 10 participants.
Every year that followed, AYS expanded to take more youth participants into more international locations. In 2011 AYS became Humanitarian Experience for Youth (H.E.F.Y.), and continues to be a thriving organization for teens ages 16-19 who are willing to abide the LDS Code of Conduct. Annual summer service expeditions have grown to include over 600 participants who choose between a variety of international locations. Throughout the years, countries served by H.E.F.Y. have included Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Tonga, and the United States.
"Our challenge is to provide an opportunity for everyone who wants to participate,” says Glenn Bingham. “Over the years, we’ve had many participants come home and get right back in line to go again the following summer. If we can provide this type of experience, one that is really life-changing, we want to make it accessible to everyone.” With plans for 33 expeditions in 2014, H.E.F.Y. continues to expand its reach of service into new countries.
The following parents, former trip leaders and college professors have volunteered to serve as members of the H.E.F.Y Advisory Council. They provide guidance for H.E.F.Y programs and serve as knowledgeable references for both prospective participants and their parents. Please feel free to contact individuals below if you would like to talk with someone who has experienced an H.E.F.Y program.
Executive Director Sally Clayton
Sally graduated from Harvard University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Government and a citation in the Spanish language. As a competitive pole vaulter, she was captain of her college track and field team for two years, and still loves the sport. During her time as Executive Director of HEFY she has overseen the growth of HEFY and its programs by over 250%. She has opened HEFY expeditions in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Brazil, and Cape Verde. Her professional experience includes working in the non-profit sector as well as the corporate world, and she has traveled across the world from Africa, to the Arctic North, to South America. Sally served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Independence, MO. In 2012 she married her husband, Samuel Clayton.
Program Manager Crystal Trejo
Crystal recently graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in Government and a Secondary and Citation in Spanish. Outside of the classroom she ventured to Argentina and Spain for studies abroad, and to Ecuador as a Trip Leader for HEFY. She has always had a special interest in Latin America, inspired by two loving parents who reminisced about their time spent in Argentina and Brazil, and her own experience growing up in Tucson, AZ. Crystal also has experience planning programs as a member of the Harvard student government (UC), and serving as the Service and Activities Committee Co-Chair in her YSA ward in New England. Her professional experience includes working as a social sciences research assistant, college recruiter, and legal intern, providing services to needy individuals in the Cambridge area. She is excited to apply her many experiences to planning trips that build friendships, strengthen testimonies, and bless lives around the world.
Program Manager Alisa Baumgartner
Alisa graduated from Harvard University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. A Division 1 athlete, she captained the nationally ranked Women’s Ice Hockey team her senior year. She was voted President of the Harvard LDSSA and served as a board member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Following graduation she served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Phoenix, Arizona, Spanish speaking. Her professional experience includes interning with a professional player agency, organizing community sports camps, and teaching leadership classes to visiting students from across Asia. She has seen the far reaching effects of the gospel through service after leading expeditions in Latin America and the islands of the South Pacific.
Office Manager Casey Gause
Casey graduated from the University of Utah in 2011 with a B.A in Communication Disorders. Her professional experience includes working in education and retail management. She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in McAllen, Texas, where she fulfilled a lifelong dream of learning Spanish. Casey loves being in new places and learning new things. She is also fond of music, playing garden sports, reading, and biking.
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