MYM FAQs

Q.  What is the history of MYM?
Memphis Youth Mission (MYM) began in 2016.  It was developed as an expansion of Asheville Youth Mission, which was founded by Aimee and Bill Buchanan, Christian educators and ordained PC(USA) ministers.  It is a ministry location of Youth Mission Co.

Q. Who is MYM Staff?
Bill Buchanan is the Executive Director of MYM. It is run throughout the year by a Mission Immersion Director who lives in Memphis. MYM employs college interns for the summer season. MYM also relies on many volunteers, adjunct staff, and a support team to keep us up and running.

Q. How do I register?
Registration is a two-step process.  First, complete the on-line registration form.  Payment of the non-refundable deposit is required to finalize and confirm your registration.

Q. What is the cost to participate in MYM?

  • For a week-long experience (Sunday evening through Friday morning), it is $320 per person.
  • For a weekend experience (Friday evening through Sunday morning), it is $120 per person.

Q. When and how is the money due?
Once your registration has been received and you have been notified that your date is penciled-in, please send a non-refundable deposit of $160 per participant (for a week) or $60 (for a weekend). This deposit is due within fourteen (14) days of the email notification from MYM. Please make all checks payable to “Memphis Youth Mission” and mail them to the following address: P.O. Box 2988 Asheville, NC 28802.  (All registrations and payments for YMCo locations are processed at our YMCo office in Asheville.)

Upon receipt of your check, MYM will send a confirmation email that we have received payment and that your spots are reserved. Final numbers and payment in full (the balance due) are due thirty (30) days prior to your scheduled arrival.  Click here to see the full Financial Policy.

Q. What if we have to cancel?
MYM’s cancellation policy is as follows:
30 days and more: If your group or any registrant in your group must cancel 30 days or more prior to your arrival date, the payments paid prior to cancellation will not be refunded. Any registrant deposit is transferable to a replacement registrant for the original and currently reserved week.

29 days and less: If your group or any registrant in your group must cancel 29 days or less prior to your arrival date, the payments paid prior to cancellation will not be refunded AND payment in full is due for each registrant cancellation.

The deposit and payments that are held for an MYM experience by any group are only good for the original and currently reserved week for that group. If you must reschedule your MYM experience, a new deposit and payments are required. Please contact us ASAP to make arrangements.

Deposits from cancelled participants cannot be used to pay the balance due on remaining participants.

Q.  Can we arrange for our group be the one and only group staying at MYM when we come?
MYM has a wide variety of groups, from very small to very large.  If you have a large group, you may end up being the only group staying with us at that time.  However, as long as slots remain for that time, we cannot promise that you will be the only group here during your week or weekend.

Q. Where will we be staying?
You will be staying at First Presbyterian Church of Memphis, TN (166 Poplar Ave.) in the heart of downtown. There are rooms designated in the upper floor for MYM.

Q. When should we arrive?
If you are a summer week-long group, we will be ready to receive your group at 7:00 pm on Sunday. Please have dinner prior to your arrival.  Orientation will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.

Q. What if we’re running late on arrival day?
Please contact the MYM Mission Immersion Director by call or text.

Q. What are sleeping arrangements?
In our designated (and gender specific) sleeping rooms there is plenty of floor space. PLEASE BRING SINGLE SIZE AIR MATTRESSES (not a camping pad) as well as sleeping bags and pillows. First Presbyterian Church has air conditioning (and heat).

Q. Where should we park while at First Presbyterian Church?
MYM related vehicles will be parking in the main parking lot, located in the center of the church campus.  There will be a parking fee for the week per vehicle that goes to the hosting church as a means of supporting their outreach ministries downtown.

Q. What do meals look like? How do we request special diets?
MYM provides a fully stocked kitchen for breakfasts, lunches and dinners (with the exception of dinner on Thursday, which is free afternoon). Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday dinners will be prepared by a MYM kitchen staff.  You’ll be on your own for Thursday dinner and Friday lunch after closing worship. There is also an option to opt out of Thursday’s lunch (a bagged lunch), if you so choose. As for special diet requests, please let us know at least a week in advance so that we can have it ready for you. You will not go hungry at MYM; however, if your group likes to have particular snacks and/or gets hungry in between or after meal times, feel free to bring snack food.

Q. Where do we shower?
Showers are located at the downtown YMCA,  just a few blocks away from MYM.

Q. Is there a kitchen available?
Yes. There is a church kitchen, where we will have designated cabinet, refrigerator, and freezer space. If you need to bring something refrigerated, please let us know, as we’ll try to make room in our limited fridge space.

Q. What does MYM provide?
An orientation upon arrival as well as facilitation and activities for debriefing during the week. MYM provides evening programs Monday-Wednesday as well as a closing worship on Friday morning.

Q. What do we need to bring?
Please bring the following:
• Flexibility and humility (most important as they’re keys to a fantastic mission experience)
• Work clothes (knee-length shorts are okay but no “short” shorts- that means do not wear the popular dual-colored Nike shorts for girls at worksites.)
• One pair of long pants (as some sites require pants). No tight yoga pants, leggings or spandex, please.
• Closed-toe shoes or work boots (socks, please)
• Work gloves
• Casual clothes/shoes for non-work times (bring layers, as the weather is unpredictable)
• Shower shoes, toiletries, towel, small bag or caddy for toiletries
• Prescription meds (inhalers, insulin, allergy meds, etc.)
• Sunscreen
• Sleeping bag/sheets, twin air mattress/pad, pillow
• Bible
• Reusable water bottle (MYM has 25 oz. water bottles available to purchase for $15)
• Bathing suit (if your group is doing something water-related on your free day)

Q. What is the dress code for MYM (adults and youth participants at work sites)?
We have a fairly strict dress code for work sites. Any MYM participant not adhering to this dress code will be asked to change immediately or not work at the site.

Dress code for work sites:

  • Long shorts (must touch the knees when standing)
  • closed-toe shoes
  • T-shirts (shirts have to have sleeves–no tanks, spaghetti straps, or low cut shirts),
  • underwear (please wear it but no one should be able to see it – no bra straps revealed).
  • It is also helpful to bring a pair of long pants.

These dress code requirements are only for worksites, not for the other elements of Mission Immersion programming or free time.

Q. What things won’t we need?
Please leave all valuables (jewelry, bags, electronics, clothing, etc.) at home. Don’t bring anything you wouldn’t want to lose, as MYM will not be held responsible for lost or stolen personal items. Do not bring lots of money. Leave clothes/shoes that you don’t want to get dirty/sweaty at home.

Q. What are some suggestions of things to do on our free day?
Group Leaders will receive a “Fun in Memphis” resource provided by MYM as a part of the Leader Packet.

Q. Where is MYM located?
The MYM offices and programming are located at First Presbyterian Church in Memphis.

Q. What age groups does MYM host?
We welcome rising 6th graders through graduated seniors during our summer mission immersion. However, in the fall and spring we also welcome college-aged groups.

Q. What can we expect in our time with MYM?
The MYM Staff will accompany your group to all service sites. We will serve as the liaisons between your group and the work sites and will coordinate with the sites to ensure things are running smoothly. You will be doing all kinds of work from physical labor to visitation to playing games with kids or simply sharing a meal with the homeless. We will all be experiencing what it means to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. In the evenings, we will reconvene after showers and dinner for a program where we’ll explore and debrief our daily experiences. We will close our time together with worship, lead by MYM.