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Wednesday, April 26 • 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Service Or Selfies: Impact And Motivation Of Youth Group Missions Trips

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Citizens of the United States have a long history of leaving the country in an effort to help those they deem less fortunate than ourselves. While well intentioned youth spend large sums of money to travel to foreign countries, the communities they seek to improve, are at times abandoned completely when students are busy with school, returning these groups to their isolated struggles. Research shows the positive and negative outcomes of this short term work on the participating youth and the visited communities, however there is little focus upon the perspectives of the continuously returning leaders of these trips. This research analyses the observed impact of short term, international service work, completed by young participants. Through interviews with several youth directors who have spent many years of their careers leading service trips, this research examines the observed impact and motivations of the participating youth on short term international service trips. This research lead to a better understanding of what youth leaders value about these trips, and what they see as being either beneficial or harmful to the overall experience of short term missions.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 1:00pm - 1:20pm
236 Zageir Hall