Youth Works was founded in 1994 and serves communities all over the United States, along with several foreign missions. As of 2010, each summer, Youth Works serves 45 communities for six weeks per location, drawing in more than 21,000 participants to mission work. Additionally, short term missions during fall and spring breaks are offered to middle school, high school, and college students.
In serving Puerto Rico, as well as other sites, Youth Works offers an immersive model that allows young people to meet those they are serving and learn about their culture, along with participating in impactful and meaningful service.
Service projects include light construction, painting, work with local service organizations such as food banks, and spending a day in an orphanage with children. Groups are generally split and paired with other churches.
In addition to service projects, young people participate in morning and evening worship, small groups, church time, and devotions throughout the week (all are given in a non-denominational manner). Each morning and afternoon they are taken off site to locations, such as the beach and town squares to enjoy fellowship and cultural immersion.