Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Music artist awards $7,500 for mission trips

Published December 11, 2014

MARIETTA—Music artist Pip will award 14 young people $7,500 in mission scholarships so they can serve others, in this country and globally.

Youth in Mission is a nonprofit begun by Pip, a recording artist and president of the charity. Pip (Phillip Arnold) is from Marietta, attended Life Teen at St. Joseph Church, and is an Eagle Scout. He appeared on NBC’s “The Voice.”

Youth in Mission is funded solely by donations and the sale of wristbands. This fall Pip promoted these sales through Life Teen’s monthly XLT events and appealed through letters and local media for donations.

“I wanted to help teens and young adults who desire to serve Christ through the mission fields, but cannot afford to do so because of the expensive costs to get there. When I made it onto ‘The Voice’ I knew God was giving me an opportunity to do just that. So I designed and wore a wristband in honor of the late Stewart Hay, my mentor when I was a teen, whose passion was for youth in mission work,” said Pip.

The scholarship recipients are: Sydney Pepin and Morgan Sosebee from North Georgia College’s campus outreach in Dahlonega, who will serve in Brazil; Sara Correa from Prince of Peace Church, Flowery Branch, who will serve in Nicaragua; Katrina Siebels and Aidan Campolettano from Life Teen’s Covecrest, who will serve in Haiti; Lauren Worley with Launch Global, who will serve in Southeast Asia; Zahi Ikhwan from Sacred Heart Church, Milledgeville, who will serve in Mexico; and Cassie Helsel from St. Ann Church, Marietta, who will serve in Arkansas.

Also, six young teens from St. Joseph Church, Athens—Brenda Gavidia, Emma Whitesell, Gable Peacock, Jessica Balver, Ozzy Baez and Pedro Cortez—will receive funds for their group mission trip next summer.

The scholarships will be awarded Dec. 20 at MUST Ministries in Marietta by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.

To make a tax-deductible donation visit or send a check to Youth in Mission, 1021 Derby Run, Marietta 30064.