Habitat for Humanity Summer Youth Blitz

  • Website: http://www.habitat.org
  • What Is It? Habitat for Humanity's summer programs for teens. 15-20 participants and adult leaders "blitz build" a Habitat house in two weeks. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that builds affordable houses in cooperation with people who need housing.
  • Who Goes? Teens between the ages of 16 and 18 from across the U.S. Habitat for Humanity also offers projects for campus groups.
  • Registration Fill out this form to request an application. Registration for 2005 is closed, but you can plan ahead and get on the list for 2006.
  • Cost Participants are responsible for their transportation to and from the city of their "blitz build," plus a $450 program fee, which covers room, board and supplemental medical insurance during the program. There are a limited number of scholarships available.
  • Appalachia Service Project

  • Website: http://www.asphome.org
  • What Is It? An emergency home repair ministry program. Youth groups and their accompanying adult leaders from across the country come to Central Appalachia to provide free home repairs for families in need. You'll spend one week repairing homes, studying Appalachian issues, and learning about Christian service.
  • Who's Going? Youth aged 14 and up, and their accompanying adult leaders. Volunteers come from across North America. ASP is a Christian ministry, open to all people.
  • Registration Sign up with your group. Applications for Summer 2006 will be due by November 1, 2005. Please register early to secure your group's spot.
  • Cost About $275 per person (includes room and board)
  • Happy Camper Comment 1997 Youth Volunteer: "I went for the first time in 1997 and it honestly blew me away... Before ASP, my youth leaders stressed the importance of humility and `doing it for God.' I think keeping that in my mind helped make ASP such an awesome experience for me and the family served."
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