HEFY In The News
My Story: Where vision and youth collide
January 25th, 2012
For years, my husband and I have pondered the possibility of finding ways to give each of our children valuable time abroad, ideally in a less- privileged area of the world. While we aren't affluent people, we have actively searched for an international service opportunity for our children to participate in, one at a time, at an appropriate age.
There are many great groups that provide similar services, some focusing on specific age groups and some taking any age, even younger children in family groups. They provide service in many different locations all over the world. Happily, we found the program that suits our family's goals in Humanitarian Experience for Youth.
October 1, 2010
Two high school students from the Quincy area learned lessons about helping others during separate mission trips to developing countries this past summer.
Sarah Arnold of Liberty High School and Tatiana Holdiman of Quincy High School participated in humanitarian "mini-service missions " sponsored by the Alliance for Youth Service, a nonprofit organization based in St. George, Utah.
Arnold spent about two weeks in Brazil, where her team of volunteers rebuilt homes destroyed by mudslides. The group -- consisting of five teenage boys, 12 girls and three adult leaders -- also painstakingly dug ditches by to help divert water from key housing sites.
October 22, 2009
It was no ordinary summer for Nick Anderson. In fact, returning to amenities like his car, friends and cell phone has been both bittersweet and surreal.
For Anderson, joining with the St. George, Utah-based Alliance for Youth Service (AYS) organization and embarking on a humanitarian summer suervice trip to Fiji, his perspective has been forever likely changed.
"Everything there was so simple," said the 18-year-old senior from Milford. Dedicating his summer helping build toilets for the local village, he said, was genuinely humbling.
October 13, 2009
It was no ordinary summer for Taylor and Windy Moikeha of Coppell. The mother-daughter duo was among more than 200 volunteers with Alliance for Youth Service who embarked on an international humanitarian service trip to Peru.
This was the second time this mother and daughter team has ventured out to perform service in third-world countries. Last summer they went to the Dominican Republic. Their experience was so positive they decided to go out again.