JOY is a non-profit organization that facilitates purposeful travel to reach at-risk and orphaned youth in developing nations. Young people are using their classes, campuses, and passions to serve these children.
Our work is possible through grants and the generosity of private donors. You may choose how and where to give.
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Thank you for helping to #spreadjoynow!
Who We Are
JOY is a non-profit organization dedicated to combatting the cycle of poverty that children face in developing countries by connecting young people in powerful ways. We foster confident and compassionate leaders who serve abroad and on campuses across the country. These young leaders serve children in need by running campus child sponsorship programs, supporting ministries through travel and service, and fundraising on campus.
Most importantly, JOY campuses encourage lasting and meaningful friendships between college students and children in need. When college students utilize their passions for purpose, they flourish. When at-risk and orphaned youth know they are loved and respected, they flourish too. And when young people from different places come together in friendship, justice and joy unite.
"I came to the DR ready to pour out. I came ready to serve. Then before I knew it, Jesus was teaching me all about His crazy boundless love for me through a 13 year old named Diego* and the rest of the kids in Santo Domingo. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I won’t lie. Being in the DR was hard. Leaving the DR was hard. Suffering wasn’t a distant relative during the last two weeks, but a close and intimate friend that I got to know well. Leaving kids like Diego* that I love with my whole heart was uncomfortable and painful and all I wanted to do was snatch him up and bring him with me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The best part is that there is incredible joy in all of it. Because joy isn’t rooted in comfort, but in knowing that true joy is not dependent on your circumstances."
-Emily Yates⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
*Name changed for privacy
Santo Domingo is our partner site for JOY at Miami University! From JOY’s first service trip to the Dominican Republic to our past spring break trip in 2017, we have been able to see the site in Santo Domingo expand and grow. From a small house in a neighborhood, to a care center, to being able to help build a new school for SO many kids to be clothed, educated, and fed, we are so thankful for our relationship with Santo Domingo.