What is Voices of YOUth?
A youth mission program of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, we are a group of both youth and adults who have a passion for music and combine it with mission to Connect the World through Christ.
Frequently asked questions:
How long has VOY been in operation?
Voices of YOUth began in 1986 and has provided unique opportunities for missions and music ever since.
How long are we gone during the summer?
Because our missions involve
construction, cultural exchange, and music, the total length is about two and a half to three weeks. This allows time for training on: tools & technology;
language and cultural norms; music and
worship arts. We spend at least one full
week in mission and one full week of
worship. Travel time and
adventures are also a part of the 2 1/2-
3 week journey.
What are the age requirements for the youth?
Minimum age of 14 before June 15th,
2019 or enrolled as a Freshman in high
school for the 2019-2020 year.
Maximum age of youth - 21 or completion
of college. After 21 you may travel with
us as an adult.
How do I raise money for the trip?
There are a variety of successful
fundraisers that you can do at your
church or in your community. Also, the
more people we have, the less the
journey costs. Please email us for
financial concerns or suggestions for
Do I have to sing?
Well, at some point - yes.
All youth are expected to lend their
voices during our worship services
during our travel week in Virginia. This
looks different for everyone. Not
everyone is a soloist, some help out
more with tech/media... all are
appreciated for what they can do.
What if I don't know how to sing?
No experience is necessary - we have a
terrific director who can work with
ANYONE. Everyone's strengths are utilized to enhance the overall sound of the group.
What if I play guitar or other instrument?
GREAT!! In April/May we make our
accompaniment tracks, so maybe
you can help with this. Also we may
be able to use instruments for worship
How do we practice during the year?
We meet for a weekend "retreat" during
the early Spring where we work
together on a service project, begin
learning our music and record
practice tracks for everyone to take home and learn their part from.
There is NO CHARGE for the retreat.
I'm an adult, can I be a chaperone?
YES! We need assistance with a variety
of things including devotion planning,
construction training, driving, logistics,
photography, sound set-up,
slide-shows/power-points, etc. We
need both male and female chaperones.
When should I apply?
As soon as possible.
The initial deposit reserves your plane ticket. This has to be done as quickly as possible.