Each year more than 200 young adults volunteer as YOKE Folk to serve middle school kids in 27 communities across five East Tennessee counties. It’s a big task for our county coordinators to recruit all those volunteers, and we couldn’t do it without the help of local churches, collegiate student organizations, and our YOKE Folk. 

Our volunteers serve at club once a week, at a weekend of camp once each semester, and make time to spend with their kids on a regular basis. YOKE is a big commitment, but there are lots of benefits as well. Recently we asked several of our current YOKE Folk to share why they serve and why YOKE is so meaningful to them. Here are just a few of their responses:

  • “The joy that I get building relationships with kids at the most important transitional time of their lives is unexplainable.” 
  • “Watching these students come face-to-face with the gospel and letting it transform their lives.”
  • “There’s not a moment of YOKE – clubs, kid time, camps or team meetings –  that doesn’t somehow change the life of someone there.”
  • “The opportunity to give back to middle school students all the things that I received from YOKE as a kid.”
  • “I can’t imagine life without YOKE. To me #YOKEis a fun, loving, crazy, and sarcastic group of people I never knew I needed in life that I now call family.”

Serving with YOKE is more than fulfilling a community service obligation. It’s an opportunity to be a part of a community of leaders that are making a profound impact on the lives of middle school students and the schools that they attend. Do you know someone who would make a great YOKE leader? Please have them send their information to us. Interested individuals should apply here. Contact Eli Cockrum at (865) 522-6907 or eli@yokeyouth.com for more information.