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Engage trains students for a life of Kingdom Work through cross-cultural experiences that show them what God is doing in places all over the world.

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For Youth Leaders

Groups from churches, schools and college ministries attend our trips every year. Whether you are an adult leader bringing two kids or 20, we’ll work with you to train your students for a life of Kingdom Work through one of our Engage experiences. Engage takes away a lot of the stress of planning an international experience that group leaders normally deal with and provides groups with several tools to make the process of joining an Engage team simple. 

 

LOGISTICS

Youth leaders love bringing students on Engage trips because it’s easy! We continually hear feedback about how simple it is to have an Engage experience with your group. We ask youth leaders to focus on recruiting students and fundraising for the trip. Meanwhile, we’re taking care of dozens of logistical details you never have to worry about. These include:

  • Packing lists
  • Airfare
  • In-country transportation
  • Housing
  • Safety
  • Daily schedules
  • Meals
  • Devotional experiences
  • Training

TRAINING

Training is the heartbeat of Engage. It’s essential. Engage has developed a training resource with videos and intentional training exercises that will prepare your group before the trip, guide your group during the trip, and help your group continue to process and learn after the trip. This training includes both spiritual and cultural content and will train your group for international settings and for being Kingdom Workers wherever you are. Our training is facilitated through the CIY Engage app.

 

EXPERIENCE

Since Engage manages all of the logistics and training, you have the opportunity to be present in key moments with your students throughout the trip. Instead of making sure all the pieces are coming together during the trip, you get to be present and experience the trip with your students. It’s a great opportunity to see aspects of their hearts, passions and struggles that you might not otherwise get a chance to see. 

 

 

FUNDRAISING

One of the few things we ask group leaders to manage is fundraising for their group. Engage knows fundraising for a mission trip can be overwhelming, so we want to set you up the best we can. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Have each member of your team write a support letter. Engage will provide you with a sample letter. Your group can edit this letter and send it to family, friends, church members, coaches, etc. 
  • Set up an online fundraising page. Engage has an online template for you to be able to create your own fundraising page. Some groups set up one page for their entire team to share with family and friends or post to social media. This allows people to contribute directly to your group’s trip using a credit or debit card. 
  • Host a fundraising dinner. Invest in making a meal for the people in your church. At the dinner, explain to your guests what your group  is going to do and why they want to do it. Use this opportunity to ask for donations and for prayer supporters.
  • Plan a race. 5K, full marathon, color run, you name it. The entrance fee will go to support your group’s trip (other donations on top of the entrance fee may come in as well).
  • Organize an auction or yard sale. Ask for friends or families in your church to donate items to the sale and all the proceeds will go to your trip expenses.
  • Facilitate a Parent’s Night Out. Gather your group together to host a babysitting night. Parents can have a night out for a date and in return they can offer donations that will go directly toward your group’s trip.
  • Go epic and plan a food fight! Ask all participants (even adults) to pay an entry fee and bring their own food (pudding, flour, rice, etc.). 3…2…1…FOOD FIGHT!!