Video Highlights Alum's Work with YES

Virginia Nieuwsma

A new video features the unique ministry of Youth Equipped to Serve (YES) with Director Katrina Bitar, St. Vladimir's graduate of the Class of 2009. YES is a program under the auspices of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve (FOCUS); its central purpose is to engage youth in formative weekends of service in needy neighborhoods throughout the United States. 

Katrina was involved for many years in camping and youth ministry in California, Pennsylvania, and Arizona. A graduate of Rutgers University, she earned her Master of Theology at St. Vladimir's and accepted the position with YES after receiving her SVOTS degree. In a profile of Katrina published in the 2013 St. Vladimir's Annual Report, she notes that the ultimate goal of YES is "to raise up a generation of service leaders in the Church."