Community and Social Responsibility
At YISS our students learn the importance of practicing stewardship. This involves both acknowledging the fact that everything belongs to God, and embracing the idea that material possessions and life opportunities are gifts of grace. It is out of an overflow of the grace of God that we strive to make a difference in our world.
As a school community we provide opportunities where students can make a difference in their world. Initiatives such as Compassion Club, WALKaSOCKathon, and the annual Book Drive are just a few of the activities in which our students may become involved. High school students have opportunities to participate in mission and service trips during their Spring Break every year.
Every year the elementary school learns about an issue that affects children and participates in a fundraising challenge. Organized by our Elementary Chaplain, prior themes have included providing clean water for children and ending child labor.
As part of chapels and assemblies in the first quarter, students learn the stories of children affected by the theme issues. Throughout the campaign, students collect ₩100 coins and fill a sock with the coins. The campaign concludes with a Tally Rally and a walk through Namsan Park above the YISS campus, to "Walk a mile in other's socks."
Guardians with a Message (GWAM)
The GWAM program seeks to provide students with opportunities to serve and learn, in Korea and throughout Asia. More than a dozen mission and service trips are offered, including assisting NGOs in Hong Kong, serving orphans in the Phillipines, ministering to single mothers in Gunsan, teaching music in Taebaek, and learning about the global issues of human trafficking and the sex-trade.
GWAM's motto is "Explore. Experience. Engage." We believe that understanding and empathy grow naturally from face-to-face engagement with other cultures and peoples, and that the personal impact on students is far deeper than what can be gained in a classroom setting.
The program started small in 2001; a group of 4 staff and 22 students traveled to Vienna to assist a school with building renovations. In 2004, ICS partnered with Habit for Humanity in Korea, and took the first group of students to Gunsan, Korea. Now in its eleventh year, the Gunsan trip underscores our desire to have a lasting impact in every place we visit, to partner with reputable organizations which continue the work throughout the year. Approximately half of high school students and more than 50 faculty, choose to spend their vacation week learning and sharing Christ's love.