Harbor Churches

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Hudsonville, Michigan 49426

Youth Week




We regretfully announce that due to the COVID-19 pandemic,

Youth Week 2020 will not be held this June.

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What is Youth Week?

Youth Week is a movement of teenagers who are formed and sent into our city to be Jesus. It’s more than a mission trip… it’s the start of living a missional life. This year we are expecting over 350 teenagers to join us as we partner with 50+ organizations across West Michigan. The basic structure of Youth Week is quite simple. We spend half of the day with our workgroups serving the West Michigan area in partnership with local organizations. The other half of the day is spent eating, worshipping, and playing games together. It’s a time of intense friendship, fun, and serving. In the eight years that Youth Week has been happening, we have found that as students live, serve, and worship together they build bonds with each other and with God, which can lead to lasting life-change. Throughout the week students are encouraged to:

  • Listen – to who God says they are and how they can respond to the world around them.
  • Serve – in real and creative ways.
  • Celebrate – what God is up to in each other, those we serve, and in our community.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • +Who can attend Youth Week?


    Students currently in grades 6-12 may register for Youth Week.


  • +Where is Youth Week located?


    We are excited to announce that in 2020, Youth Week will be hosted on the campus of Cornerstone University! Cornerstone is located at 1001 E Beltline in Grand Rapids.



    The story of how this partnership came to be is exciting, inspiring, and connected to the vision of a former Youth Week volunteer who now serves in leadership at Cornerstone. Students will now be able to sleep, eat, play and be sent from this one location. As Youth Week continues to grow we believe that this new location will result in a better overall experience for students as well as place us in a great location to extend our worksite partners.


    With this change comes a new chapter of Youth Week. We are excited for the partnership with Cornerstone and for the ways God will continue to use this week to impact students and the larger community of West Michigan.

  • +Registration? Payment Deadlines? Refunds?

    Monday, April 20 | Updated Information

    We are making a full refund available to students that have already registered for Youth Week. We have also included an option to donate your registration to Harbor Churches benefiting the future of Youth Week. Please fill out this form by Thursday, April 30 to let us know how you would like your registration handled. Refunds will then be processed in May and issued back to the same credit/debit card that was used to register

    Early Registration: January 1 through April 30 | Cost: $300

    Registration: May 1 through May 24 | Cost: $330

    Register for Youth Week 2020 here!

    Refunds are as follows:

    Through May 1 | Full Refund

    May 2 through May 24 | $100 Refund

    No refunds after May 24

    Payments/Scholarships: Full payment is required at the time of registration. However, we do not want the cost of Youth Week to prohibit any student from participating. If you are experiencing financial challenges that make paying this fee unmanageable, or if you have multiple students in your household attending, we encourage you to request assistance here or speak with a student ministries staff member/volunteer. Please email youthweek@harborchurches.org for a paper application.

  • +What time does Youth Week start and finish?

    Check-in will begin on Sunday, June 21 at 3pm at the Hansen Athletic Center on the Campus of Cornerstone University. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for check-in (email us at youthweek@harborchurches.org if you need to make special arrangements). Students will line up in the appropriate line (by last name) to check-in. They will drop off any medications to the nurse, receive their Youth Week t-shirt and their dorm assignments all at the Hansen Center. Students will then be brought by our Youth Week Host Team, with their belongings, to find their room. Small group leaders will meet them in their dorm to help them get settled in.

    Students will be dismissed on Thursday evening, June 25 at 8pm. Parents are encouraged to attend our Closing Club Session in Christs Chapel at 7pm. Here we will give a glimpse of what students experienced at Youth Week. Please plan to park at the Hansen Center to students load out their gear after that closing session. Our YW Host Team will again be there to direct people to the Chapel and help with load-out.

  • +What is your volunteer policy?

    At the core of what we do is an incredible team of committed and enthusiastic volunteers. We care about the safety of your student. All of our volunteers having direct contact with students have been through a screening process which includes a written application and training from staff. A criminal background check is run on all volunteers over the age of 18.

  • +Can your student invite a friend?

    YES! Both friends must request each other when registering to ensure they will be be placed in the same workgroup, small group, and dorm room (if same gender). Only ONE friend request per student will be granted. If friends do not request each other, there is not a guarantee that they will be placed together.

    You may wonder if students need to be from one of the Harbor Churches campuses or even be a ‘church-goer’… the answer is no! We welcome anyone to attend; Youth Week is a great way to be in a community with others searching and following Him.

    One of our core values is to create spaces and relationships where students are known and belong. We connect students right away to a leader who is very intentional in helping students connect and build friendships, especially when a student comes alone. This is often done within workgroups, games, worship and meals together.

  • +Who will my student be with during the day?

    During the day students will be with their workgroups. Work groups are mixed age and gender groups of 10-12 students and are overseen by 1-2 adult work group leaders. These groups are sent each day to learn about and serve with partnering organizations all over West Michigan.

    Second, each student is lead in the evening by an adult volunteer that is their small group leader. Small groups are age and gender specific. Many small group leaders also will be staying at Cornerstone in the same dorm so students will always have an adult they can go to if they have questions or just want to talk. Dorms will be used this year to create groups for games and activities.

    The community that is built with students and leaders as they work, eat, play and discuss what God is doing in each person’s life is often cited as one of the many highlights for students at Youth Week.

  • +Can students leave Youth Week for sports, appointments, and family events?

    We would love your students to be fully engaged in Youth Week and for that reason, we recommend you make every effort to keep students present for the entire week (reschedule appointments ahead of time, talk to coaches, etc). We feel that every time a student leaves the experience they lose the momentum of what God may be trying to do in and through them during this focused week. Our experience is that once students are at Youth Week, they often don’t want to leave! Please make every effort for your student to stay.

    We also realize that there are special circumstances. The safety of all of our students is a priority. For this reason, we ask that you let us know, in advance, who has permission to check your student in/out from Cornerstone and the time they will be gone. An ID will be required for all persons picking up students.

    We are in different locations and keep students busy throughout the day, for this reason, we have set times when students may be checking in and out. Please see the student absence form for details. (One form is required for each day that your student is leaving). This form must be filled out and turned in at check-in on June 21.

  • +What will my student eat? What about special dietary needs?

    We are excited to have Cornerstone providing our food onsite this year! There will be extensive options including a salad bar, sandwich station, pizza and several entrees for each meal. Vegetarian options are also offered. Cooler lunches will be prepared for the worksites each day by our amazing Youth Week Volunteers. We go through well over 1500 bottles of Gatorade on the worksites during the day and water is always available. Students bring a water bottle for refilling. We will provide plenty of snacks in between meals so there is no need to pack any food.

    If a student has dietary restrictions, please include their specific dietary needs on the registration form. We host students with a variety of dietary concerns and we do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs. If you have a specific question or need to make special arrangements we would be happy to work with you. Please contact us at youthweek@harborchurches.org by June 2 about these needs.

  • +What about medications?

    Medications must come in original bottles with the name of the medication, dosage and student’s name clearly labeled. Students will not be allowed to keep any medications on their person. This includes any and all over-the-counter medications including Tylenol and Motrin. This is for the safety and security of all students and is non-negotiable. The Youth Week nurse will have Motrin, Tylenol, antacids and other miscellaneous medications available. A Registered Nurse will be at each meal and bedtime to dispense meds. If a student needs medication while on the worksite, they can come to see the nurse at breakfast. Please reach out to our Youth Week Nurse, Kristi Diephouse at kristidiephouse@gmail.com with any questions or concerns you may have.  This medication form must be filled out and turned in at the time of student drop-off on Sunday, June 21.

  • +Why immunization information?

    The health and safety of students is a priority for us at Youth Week. Due to the recent outbreak of measles and the nature of the work that some workgroups may be doing, we now are requiring immunization information to be on file for all students. If your student has not been immunized for tetanus and MMR, parents/guardians will be required to sign a form that states that they understand the risks of participating in Youth Week and waiver of liability in case of an incident. This form will be mailed to all students in June or can be found here.

  • +Where will my student sleep and shower?

    Students will be sleeping and showering in one of Cornerstone University’s dorms. Dorm rooms typically house 2 students per room and either have community style bathrooms or adjoining bathrooms between two rooms. Theses rooms include a bed, dresser, desk and a closet. Beds do not have sheets or blankets so students should plan to pack a twin sheet or blanket to sleep on and another blanket or sleeping bag to sleep in/under. And, of course, a pillow! Dorm rooms do not have air conditioning so if it looks like a hot week, students may want to pack a small fan as well (optional).


  • +What if it rains?

    We have both indoor and outdoor events planned throughout the week, so in the case of rain we will move to other projects or activities.

  • +Can I send an encouraging note to my student during the week?

    Yes! You can email a note to your student. Mail received by noon Monday through Thursday will be delivered to students in the evening. Just email us at youthweek@harborchurches.org and be sure to include your child’s full name in the subject line.


    – Do your best to encourage them.
    – Share a verse or remind them you’re praying for them. Let them know you’re proud of them for serving others for the week.
    – Try to avoid talking too much about home and how terribly you miss them, as this may create homesickness.

  • +What are some of the partnering organizations students will serve at?

    Last year, we served at the following organizations:

    Roosevelt Park Neighbors | Presidential Estates | Degage | Harbor House | Clara’s Cookies | Ele’s Place | Bethesda Farm | In The Image | Hope Unexpected | Starlight Ministries | UCOM | YWCA | GRIF | Westown Jubilee | Buist Community Center | Hand2Hand | Holiday Estates | Renew Therapeutic | Land Conservancy | Wyoming Public Schools | Meals on Wheels | Wyoming Parks and Rec | 8th Day Farm | Hugs Ranch | Twice Treasured | DA Blodgett | New Development Corp | The Other Way | Godwin Elementary | Camp Blodgett | Community Rebuilders | Coopersville Parks and Rec | City on a Hill | Pilgrim Manor | Love Inc | Sunset Manor | Holland Rescue Mission | Senior Neighbors | New City Kids | Revive | Gilda’s Club | Women at Risk | Matthew’s House | Benjamin’s Hope | Family Promise

  • +Other Questions?

    Please email us at youthweek@harborchurches.org with any additional questions you may have.