About Charleston

The hustle and bustle of Charleston—West Virginia’s capital city—stands in contrast to other more rural towns nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. Charleston is the main corporate center of the state, but many people are also connected to the coal mines and are still greatly influenced by the coal culture of rural West Virginia. The city of Charleston is relatively diverse compared to the rest of West Virginia, making it a unique place within the state to experience the challenges and joys of bringing together people from different backgrounds. While the city itself has a more urban feel, the kindness and hospitality of the “locals” remind visitors that the true beauty of the community is in the rich natural resources and relaxed pace of life that characterizes all of West Virginia.

Serving in Charleston

  • Partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in the community.
  • During the week, students may serve all or part of the week at a food shelf, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, children’s program, or elderly care.
  • Plan and facilitate sports-based programming for community youth.
  • Most students will serve at each service site during part of the week. Those who serve with the sports program will remain all week.

Community Experience

During a week in Charleston, you and your youth will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the people, history and culture of this city. Serve and build relationships with a variety of people in Charleston through the Boys and Girls Club, Union Mission, Covenant House and local senior centers. You may also get to spend time with local children at Outrageous Sports Camp. During the evenings worship with a local congregation and feast with friends old and new at a community potluck — which always includes a nearly famous homemade cobbler!

YouthWorks Relationship

YouthWorks has been serving in Charleston since 2003, and we have partnered with many of our service partners consistently since then. They eagerly await the arrival of YouthWorks staff and participants each summer. Our host church goes out of their way to welcome and embrace YouthWorks groups, and to share the culture of Charleston with them.

  • 2017 Trips

    Registration is now open for Summer 2017 mission trips. Availability is limited, so reserve your spaces soon! Have questions? Chat online or give us a call at 800.968.8504

    Trip Type Type Dates Availability Avail Age Group Age Price Per Price Select
    Youth 06/11/17 - 06/16/17 June 11, 2017 - June 16, 2017 4 Mixed $289
    Youth 06/18/17 - 06/23/17 June 18, 2017 - June 23, 2017 14 Mixed $289
    Youth 06/25/17 - 06/30/17 June 25, 2017 - June 30, 2017 4 High School $289
    Youth 07/02/17 - 07/07/17 July 02, 2017 - July 07, 2017 14 Mixed $259
    Youth 07/09/17 - 07/14/17 July 09, 2017 - July 14, 2017 18 Mixed $289
    Youth 07/16/17 - 07/21/17 July 16, 2017 - July 21, 2017 5 Mixed $289
    Youth 07/23/17 - 07/28/17 July 23, 2017 - July 28, 2017 7 Mixed $289
    Youth 07/30/17 - 08/04/17 July 30, 2017 - August 04, 2017 23 Mixed $289