The Year Out is for anyone between the ages of 17 and 25 who have a heart to share Jesus with young people in the UK. It’s for those of you who want to give a year of your life to serve God, to explore the gifts God has given you and to go deeper in your relationship with God.
This is an 11-month programme running from September to July.
You will be placed with one of our Youth for Christ centres in the UK. You will work alongside an experienced youth work team and be connected to a church where you can get involved in all they do. All our centres are varied in their youth work and so we allow you to be part of choosing the centre you feel you will get the most experience from in the area you are passionate about.
All our touring teams are based in Birmingham. From there, you will travel around the UK carrying out missions in schools, churches and with our local centres. When you are not on mission you will get involved with the youth work at a local church alongside ongoing training and rehearsals.
During the year we make sure that you have time off to relax, make visits home to see family and keep in touch with those supporting you. This consists of time off at Christmas, Easter and throughout the year.
Evangelism Training Conference – We begin the year with 10 days together training and equipping you for your year ahead. We work with you to set the foundations for your discipleship journey as well as deliver practical training in areas you may have not looked at before. It is such a great time away to get to know everyone on your year out, and of course there is lots of food and games.
Hubs – This is ongoing training which happens throughout the year when we all meet together to learn, worship, pray and of course once again there is food involved!
Conference – This is our national YFC Gathering, where you join with 400 others to worship, pray, receive amazing teaching and learn about what the rest of the YFC Family get up to.
Mid-year retreat – This retreat comes in the middle of the year and is a great time of refreshment and reflection. It will give you time and space to look back on all you have learnt and achieved during your time so far with YFC One, and then look forward to what is still to come!
End of year Bash – This is where we celebrate all that God has done over the year. We take you away to a city within the UK to worship, pray, party and praise God for all He has done. We as a team, love hearing everyone’s testimony and thanking you for all you have done over the year.
Our Hub Training is held in Birmingham, Evangelism Training Conference is in the Midlands and our Youth for Christ Conference is held in Manchester. Please speak to The Year Out team for more details on these as the training can often change location each year.
Each of our placements can vary in the types of youth ministry they do, from schools work, assemblies and lessons, to mentoring, drop in cafes, and detached youth work. Some of our centres also do youth events, residentials and work with a variety of different ages.
Due to the nature of youth work, this is not a normal 9 to 5 placement. You would normally be expected to work 2 sessions of a working day (i.e. morning, afternoon, evening). You will also have a minimum of one day off per week. A minimum of 75% of your time will be based doing youth work and the rest of the time will be admin, planning and team time together.
All your training, teaching, accommodation and food will be from only £1495-£3100 for the year depending on what you choose to specialise in. We understand that this is a large amount of money and we do everything we can to keep the costs down. Funding is also available! Please contact our team for more information.
When we say it costs £1495 to be a part of The Year Out programme, we aren’t expecting you or even your parents to pay the money out of your own pocket. At Youth for Christ all volunteers and staff fundraise. We talk about what we’re doing to our local churches and family and friends and anyone who will listen! We throw parties and events, we write newsletters, we have conversations and we get other people as excited as we are that God is using us to show His love and grace to every young person in Britain. And when we do, people want to be a part of it, they want to stand with us on our journey; in prayer, in friendship and in finance. And all of a sudden £1495 isn’t £1495 anymore. It’s 10 supporters giving £14.95 a month, or 15 giving £10. It’s a group of people so invested in what you’re doing that they are praying for you every week. Now you’re not just doing the thing that God has called you to, you’re doing it with an army of supporters, and covered in prayer!
We do not want the cost to be an issue to anyone joining us so if you are worried, please to get in touch and we can talk about how we can help. Bursaries are available. Please contact our team for more information on this.
We don’t leave you to do this alone so throughout the year we will give you specific training on personal support, right down to practical tips of how to write letters, how to approach potential supporters over the phone and keeping supporters up to date.
It is also a good idea to do fundraisers yourself. Being proactive and using your own efforts to support your gap year programme demonstrates your commitment and will encourage others to stand with you. This could mean doing a sponsored event, getting a summer job or taking on some odd-jobs. Why not try jumping on a bouncy castle for 24 hours or even a bungee jump! Dream big and try to think outside the box.
The total cost for you is £1495 and we ask for a contribution of £500 from the church you will be working with. These funds pay for all the training and events with The Year Out. They do not include travel costs and an optional extra cost of £200 to attend our Youth for Christ Conference in January. We would suggest you or your church pay for the travel as well as food and accommodation in your local area if you are not staying at home.
Simply start by filling out the application online, we will then invite you for an interview at our head office, where you can meet the team and find out more about The Year Out. Please don’t be nervous about the interview stage as it is a time for us to get to know each other and see if The Year Out is the best fit for you.
After the interview, the team prayerfully considers if The Year Out is right for you and will offer you a place subject to DBS Checks and placement availability.
It is then over to you so start fundraising. We will send you a welcome pack with all the resources you need to get started. A few months before you start, we will be in contact about where you will be placed and with all the details about joining us in September
All the streams have a limited number of spaces and, although we will endeavour to place people where they want to be, we cannot guarantee we will place you on the stream you apply for. There will be an audition as part of the interview process for our dance, media, worship and music, and evangelism options.
HomeGrown is our exciting local option for those of you who would like to stay at home. Living at home will bring the cost down. You’ll be able to work within your home church and build relationships in your own community. You will also be part of our Year Out training, including our national events and hub training. This is an amazing opportunity for those who don’t want to move away from home but want to have relevant training and be part of a young adult community with people who have the same heart and passions.
If you visit our applications page, you will find an option to tick HomeGrown and a few questions to answer. You will also need to discuss with your placement/home church whether this option could work in your case. Once you’ve done this, we recommend that your church contacts The Year Out team to discuss how it would work.
Unfortunately, at this stage we cannot offer the Homegrown option if you live overseas as you need to be at all our training and National events in Britain throughout the year. However, you can come to Britain and be placed with one of our Youth for Christ centres for the year.
This option can only work if you have a church/placement to work with. If you are not able to do the work with your home church, you will need to contact local churches and charities that you know in your area to see if they would be interested in working alongside you for the year. If Homegrown doesn’t work for you, then you could consider moving away and working with one of our Youth for Christ Centres as part of the youth work stream.
The total cost for you is £1495 and we ask for a contribution of £500 from the church/placement you will be working with. These funds pay for all the training and events with The Year Out. They do not include travel costs and an optional extra cost of £200 to attend our Youth for Christ Conference in January. We would suggest you or your church pay for the travel as well as food and accommodation in your local area if you are not staying at home.
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