Youth Migrant Project

The History of the Youth Migrant Project


The History of the Youth Migrant Project  

This project began in 1985 when a parishioner from St. Joseph Church in Lynden noticed that migrant infants and pre-schoolers were left alone in vehicles in the hot sun while their parents worked in the fields.  Through the collaboration of interested youth ministers and the support of Catholic Community Services, the Lynden Migrant La Paloma Day Care began in the basement of St. Joseph Parish.  During 1986-1992, 200+ youth per summer spent a week in Lynden caring for the migrant children.

Due to the decreasing number of migrant workers and the creation of the Washington Migrant Council Day Care Facility (in Lynden), the daycare at St. Joseph was no longer needed.  As a result, the youth service program was discontinued after the summer of 1992.  In 1993, the Youth Migrant Project relocated in the Skagit Valley.  Participants assisted in the four Washington State Migrant Council daycare centers.

At the present time, this program runs from mid-June until early-September.  The youth continue to serve in the day care centers, as well as working at the food bank at St. Charles, visiting the migrant camps and providing donations.  In order to make this experience available to more parishes, the Lynden program was restarted in 1998.

YMP Goals

The goals of the Youth Migrant Project are:

  1.  Discovering and living Jesus’ call to a life of loving service
  2.  Understanding the importance of respecting the rights and responsibilities of all people
  3.  Learning the one does not have to travel to a third-world country to work for justice and against           poverty
  4. Experiencing the richness of the Hispanic culture
  5. Gaining valuable experience in a controlled setting to prepare youth for future mission experiences
  6. Making new friends, developing and deepening an awareness of their faith, and experiencing the universality of the Catholic Church


                   High School Youth Migrant Mission                      July 9, 2017. 

Teens entering grades 9 through 12 in the fall of 2017 may apply for this service immersion.  We serve the children of migrant farmworkers in the Skagit Valley, one hour north of Seattle.  Youth from OLL and St. Madeline Sophie, combine forces to provide lunches, snacks, and creative activities to children of farmworkers.  We also prepare for and staff a Tri-Parish Wednesday Food Bank that serves hundreds.  There is plenty of laughter and joy, friendship building and community life as we share this week together, playing, learning, and serving those in need.  Participant fees of $285 cover all our group expenses for food and housing, and help to fund the food bank and summer lunch program.  Scholarships are available – simply ask.  Adult drivers/chaperones are needed.  Applications and permission forms are available on the links below or by emailing Mary at

Youth Migrant Project 2016 Application

Youth Migrant Project Permission Slip

2016 Informative Brochure

Youth Service Trip to Skagit Valley Food Bank; Nov 6, 2016

PLease click HERE to access the permission slip for the trip to Skagit Valley on Nov 6, 2016.


Youth Migrant Project 

Grades 9 - 12


General Information

Through fun and simple community service of daycare and food bank staffing and distribution we will have a chance to learn more about poverty, in the context of the Gospel call to do justice, and walk humbly with our God. This is an invitation for you to build a relationship with the people who pick our food and to become immersed in the world of migrant farm workers.
We will carpool on Sunday afternoon and return on Friday afternoon. Parent drivers and chaperones are needed. We will be staying overnight at a parish center. Through teamwork during the daytime we will participate in real assistance to those in need.

Click HERE to view the informational brochure.


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