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I’m back from Y.E.S.

The 5 day Y.E.S. service retreat ended today with a Mass at noon. When I offered to help chaperone and videotape, I didn’t think I’d get much footage since I didn’t know the kids and some teens feel nervous being videotaped. Well I don’t know where those “shy” kids are, because these teens could be great candidate for a whole season of “Big Brother.” They were so photogenic, that I have over 5 hours of raw video footage. Since I just let the camera run at time (like football & evening recaps) hoping to get a few usable clips, it’ll probably get cut down to an hour and maybe a short music video and/or individual profiles (collage of clips for each teen). It’s gonna be a lot of work, but it’s gonna be fun. — But first, let me get some sleep. (–“Sleepy”)

Review YES Retreat 2007

YES pics by Francis

The Youth Enjoying Service (Y.E.S.) Retreat is a 5 day (June 6-10th) service project experience for high school teens from all over the archdiocese of Miami.  It’s is held at the Madonna Retreat House in Hallendale.  This year had a small (but very lively) group of 12 teens.

This blog post will be the master directory of all the events & pictures from the video in case the locations change.  You can find most of the events on PAGE 3PAGE 4 of my archives, but the link to each event is below:

——————–  Day #1 / June 6 / Wednesday  ——————–
(evening) Welcome + “Human BINGO” + “4 Winds Blow” + Dinner (11 pics)
(talk) “Catholic Social Teaching” (4 pics) — by Gloria Luna

——————–  Day #2 / June 7 / Thursday  ——————–
(morning) Breakfast + Prayer + Leaving by Bus (3 pics)
(project) St Elizabeth Gardens arrival + games + lunch + BINGO (27 pics)
(dinner) “Class” Dinner (5 pics)
(talk“Immigration” (2 pics) — by Sr. Ondina Cortes
(eveningEnd of day sharing + making lunch (6 pics)

——————–  Day #3 / June 8 / Friday  ——————–
(morning) Breakfast + Prayer (? pics)
(project) Providence Place (? pics) — women’s shelter
(free time) S.W.A.T. training (? pics)
(talk) Monica Santos (? pics)

——————–  Day #4 / June 9 / Saturday  ——————–
(morning) Breakfast + Prayer (? pics)
(project) Daily Bread Food Bank (? pics) — food pantry
(free time) Football (? pics)
(talk) Convenant House (? pics) — shelter for runaway teens
(talk) “Eucharist” by Bishop Estevez (? pics) — a great surprise visit
(dinner) Dinner (? pics)
(service) Commissioning (? pics)
(nightime) Dancing? + “Mission Impossible” (? pics & 1 video)

——————–  Day #5 / June 10 / Sunday  ——————–
(morning) Breakfast + Prayer (? pics)
(closing) Closing Mass (? pics)


——————— STATUS  of  VIDEO  EDITING  ———————-

July 18 — finished day #2 (35 minutes) – “Class” dinner, immigration,
sharing, & making lunch
July 17 — working on day #2 – finished aerobicsBINGO (10 minutes)
July 03 — working on day #2 – finished wheelchair races (14 minutes)
June 29 — finished editing day #1 (7 minutes). See pics on PAGE 4 (middle).
June 28 — I found a 2 minute video clip on my memorystick.  See it here.
June 27 — added blog posts of retreat events (without pictures, yet)
Francis also posted pictures of the retreat on the Office of Youth website.

Y.E.S. D5: Closing Mass

To close day #5 of the Y.E.S. Retreat, families were invited to celebrate Mass.

[pictures coming soon]

NOTE:  MASTER LIST of all Y.E.S. events & video status HERE.

Y.E.S. D5: Breakfast & Prayer

Day #5 of the Y.E.S. Retreat had breakfast & opening prayer.

[pictures coming soon]

NOTE:  MASTER LIST of all Y.E.S. events & video status HERE.