Staff COVID-Proofing Initiative FAQs

Our Safety Philosophy

YouthWorks has been working on “COVID-proofing” our summer and are looking at every aspect of our programming to make sure they’re safe. COVID-proofing is an action that we all take together as staff, participants and community members to make YouthWorks trips safe.

YouthWorks has been creating summer COVID-19 safety policies by looking at CDC guidelines, state recommendations and resources from the American Camp Association. These safety policies are ways we can care for each other and communities.

Below are some of the safety plans YouthWorks intends to use for 2022, and we will likely revise them as we move towards the summer. These plans are based on the current climate of COVID-19 requirements and additional standards may be added or removed pending guidance from the CDC and American Camp Association. Note that some communities or housing locations may also have stricter requirements than what we have planned. In those cases, we will default to their policies.

Arrive Healthy

Staff should be prepared to bring a negative COVID-19 test result to YouthWorks immediately before they arrive to RAMP training. This test should be taken 24hrs before arrival and is required regardless of vaccination status. All staff are encouraged to limit their risk exposure prior to their start date.  Let us know if you have a COVID exposure in the 10 days leading up to RAMP, and we can walk you through next steps.

Participants and Adult Leaders attending YouthWorks mission trips will need to be symptom free immediately prior to and upon arrival to site. If they experience symptoms, they must get a negative COVID test before arrival. If they have a COVID exposure leading up to the trip, they must follow CDC guidelines, which may either prohibit them from coming or require them to wear a mask and monitor symptoms.

Service

YouthWorks Mission Trip Associates are working closely with community partners to determine the safest and most respectful ways to serve. This may mean that in some communities we will be unable to serve with more vulnerable individuals directly. 

Summer Lodging, Dining and Showers

This year, we considering all participants at a YouthWorks site to be a “bubble” together. Because of this, groups can intermix both in crews during the service day, as well as during meals, free time and The Gathering. We will require COVID-19 safety precautions when groups leave this “bubble.”

During meals and large group gatherings (such as The Gathering and devotion introductions), groups will intermix on site (unless a group prefers to sit separately). 

As well, our staff do not sleep in the same room as participants throughout the summer. They will share a staff sleeping room with another staff member of their same gender on site.  They will also be provided separate shower times from participants each day.

Frequently Asked Covid-Proofing Questions

This year, we considering all participants at a YouthWorks site to be a “bubble” together. Because of this, groups can intermix both in crews during the service day, as well as during meals, free time and The Gathering. Masks are optional during these times.

Because we want to keep our “bubble” of YouthWorks participants safe, as well as our staff and communities, masks will be required at the following times:

  • Serving at an indoor service site
  • Evening Activities or other community activities that occur indoors
  • In the kitchen for meal prep and cleanup.

YouthWorks will always honor the requests/desires of communities and service partners related to masking. Some communities or housing locations may have stricter requirements than what we have planned. In those cases, we will default to their policies.

Contact the Recruiting Team for more specific information regarding the community you’ll be serving: recruiting@youthworks.com.  

Social distancing is no longer required at the housing sites, service sites, and during any other times when groups gather. However, those who prefer to socially distance are encouraged to do so. Contact the Recruiting Team for more specific information regarding the community you’ll be serving: recruiting@youthworks.com.

At this time, YouthWorks will not require our staff to be vaccinated for the summer, though we highly encourage it. 

If any participant tests positive for COVID-19 while on the YouthWorks site, they will immediately be isolated until their parent or guardian can pick them up. Any close contacts within their crew, church or otherwise would need to wear a well-fitting mask for the duration of the trip and would be kept somewhat separate from other groups on site during meals and large group times.

If a staff member experiences COVID-19 symptoms, we would work with you and your team while following public health guidance to determine a plan, which would likely include isolation, testing and quarantining. Know that we also intentionally hire Utility staff to fill in any position in the event staff members need to temporarily be quarantined or leave site.

While we are doing everything to COVID-proof trips, the reality is that participants and/or staff could be exposed to COVID-19 at some point in the community. Your safety is paramount, and if anyone on site happens to be exposed to an individual with COVID-19, we would work with you while following public health guidance to determine a plan. Any close contacts of a COVID-19 positive person would need to wear a well-fitting mask for the duration of the trip and would be kept somewhat separate from other groups on site during meals and large group times.

At the beginning of the summer, all staff attend a training called RAMP (Regional and Area Mission Preparation). There will be a variety of both virtual and hands-on training sessions throughout RAMP.

We are regularly considering how COVID-19 will impact RAMP, keeping your safety at the center of our decision-making. You’ll get consistent updates on our training plans throughout the year.

YouthWorks intends to incorporate periodic COVID-19 testing during the summer, though it’s unlikely it will be a weekly testing regimen. This would impact all staff, regardless of vaccination status. All staff will continue to monitor symptoms all summer as well. 

We appreciate your honesty throughout your decision process. We understand that these are unprecedented times. Know what submitting an application for summer 2022 does not commit you to serving on staff with us this summer, so we would still encourage you to apply.

If you are in the process of accepting an offer from YouthWorks, we understand that this could be a difficult decision for you to make. As a Recruiting team, we are committed to supporting you as you make your decision. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any concerns or questions.

We have many churches who are already registered for summer 2022. We also have been in communication with our churches through a survey and other means to help determine where they are in their summer planning process and what their factors for consideration before committing to a summer mission trip.

Travel to RAMP and to your assigned community for the summer will be required. If travel is a concern for you, talk to us through the hiring process about what you would be comfortable with and we can explore potential ways to accommodate.

During the interview process, we will talk with you about the community placement process. As YouthWorks continues to assess covid-proofing safety measures for staff, we may consider new options of community placement. If you have specific concerns, feel free to bring them up during the interview process and we can discuss options further.

YouthWorks has been working on “COVID-proofing” our summer and are looking at every aspect of our programming to make sure they’re safe. COVID-proofing is an action that we all take together as staff, participants and community members to make YouthWorks trips safe. While this FAQ is specifically for staff, know that we’ve done our best to set expectations for churches via this page as well and will continue to add FAQs as they arise.

If answers cannot be found here, questions can be e-mailed to recruiting@youthworks.com (with the subject “Summer Staff Parent Questions”), and someone will respond within 72 hours. If you’re a hired 2022 summer staff, you can find additional answers to their questions on the Training Tab of their Dashboard or email us as well.

If answers cannot be found here, questions can be emailed to recruiting@youthworks.com with the subject line “Summer Staff COVID Questions”, and someone will respond within 72 hours. If you’re a hired 2022 summer staff, you can find additional answers to their questions on the Training Tab of their Dashboard or email us as well.