What is Young Adult Service Communities?
Young Adult Service Communities are unique opportunities for you to live in an intentional community with others who share your commitment to service and social justice. Young Adult Service Communities are 11-month leadership programs for young adults aged 21-35. Housing, food, a living stipend, health insurance are provided. Together, you will find the space to reflect on questions of meaning and to network for change. Young adult leaders are transforming communities through a faith-inspired pursuit of justice, collaborative action, and intentional living.
Service and Justice Internships:
The YASC network gives you the opportunity to grow professionally and change the world through intern placements with local nonprofit agencies, which are dedicated to justice advocacy and collaborative action.
Your placement will allow you the opportunity to grow spiritually and practice skills as you serve in a leadership position at a United Church congregation. Through this work, you can see the convergence of church and world.
YASC provides you a space to grow personally by living in community with other young leaders, exploring together your direction, calling and future action in the world.
2019-2020 Young Adult Service Communities Locations
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Named to the 2018 national class of Service Programs that Change the World
Certified by the Service Year Alliance
The United Church of Christ's Partners in Service program helps increase the service capacity of the partner host organizations and provides leadership development and the opportunity for volunteers to use gifts and skills. Volunteers serve full-time for periods of 1 – 12 months with a host and participate in networking activities with other Partners in Service volunteers. Open for adults of all ages.
Back Bay Mission, MS
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Heifer International Learning Center (Heifer Ranch), AR
Bethlehem Farm, WV
Alderson Hospitality House, WV
Social and Economic Justice
Direct Action & Research Training Network Faith & Action for Strength Together (FAST), FL
Direct Action & Research Training Network Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation, & Empowerment (ICARE), FL
Outdoor Ministries/Camp & Conference Settings
Outdoor Ministries - UCC
ECUMENICAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES
A Christian Ministry in the National Parks
Mission: places individuals in U.S. national parks to lead worship and fellowship activities in the parks.
Volunteer Position: Participants work with park concessionaires while leading worship and Bible study in the setting of the national park.
Contact: ACMNP - Phone: 207.865.6852 or 800.786.3450; Fax: 207. 865.6852; (www.acmnp.com)
Housing: Live with other summer national park employees in dormitory style housing
Age: 18-30 years
Prisoner Visitation and Support
Mission: nationwide visitation ministry to federal and military prisoners. The focus is on prisoners who do not ordinarily receive visits from family and friends, want or need supportive human contact, are in solitary confinement, or are serving long sentences. (www.prisonervisitation.org).
Volunteer: Trained PVS volunteer visitors offer friendship and a listening ear to help prisoners prepare to assume a useful place in society.
Contact: Eric Corson, PVS; 1501 Cherry St.; Philadelphia, PA 19102. Phone: 215.241.7117; e-mail: email@example.com.
Informational DVD: available to borrow. Call 866.822.8224 ext. 3214.
Baby boomers volunteer to serve in the world through the United Church of Christ to increase the capacity of direct service and advocacy organizations, to grow spiritually, and to experience a great adventure for God.
Apply now for the "Partners in Service" long-term volunteer program.
Qualified candidates are placed in available volunteer positions on a rolling basis as completed applications are received.
A completed application will remain on file with the UCC Volunteer Ministries office, if desired, to serve also for future placement opportunities.
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Join other baby boomer volunteers who have served through the UCC "Partners in Service" program in the United States for periods of 1-12 months. Be part of the reflection experiences of young adults from the USA and from global partner churches and organizations who are serving year-long placements in the United States at the mid-year retreat.
Mid-Year Retreat - February at Slumber Falls Camp and Retreat Center, New Braunfels, Texas
Send registration and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
$300 per person. Transportation costs on your own.
Check out retreat offerings at UCC Camp and Conference Centers in your area or another part of the country.
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An Ecumenical Opportunity
Did you watch the PBS Special directed by Ken Burns
The National Parks: American's Best Idea? (http://www.pbs.org/nationalparks/)
Did God's creation in the National Parks awe you? Did the people inspire you?
Want to Get Involved?
A Christian Ministry in the National Parks offers summer opportunities for Young Adults to lead interdenominational worship experiences in the natural sanctuaries of God's creation in the national parks. Summer participants are employed by park concessionaires. You live, work and witness with other summer staff and park visitors from many backgrounds and countries.
The ministry of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks is both formal and informal, involving leadership participation in Sunday worship services held in the park's amphitheaters and lodges, and calling participants to be a Christian witness in daily life and commitments. A blend of work, wilderness and worship mark the hallmark of the ACMNP experience.
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Welcome to UCC Mission Trip (USA) Opportunities
Work teams needed in U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hurricane Harvey - Port Arthur, TX, and Volusia County, Florida. - Hurricane Irma & Matthew Recovery
Mission Inns - Check out these churches providing hospitality spots for groups traveling for mission trips, justice rallies or all church events
UCC Mission Trip Opportunities
The United Church of Christ national setting recommends sites within the United States that host mission opportunities for groups. These host sites are rooted in local communities and utilize volunteer groups in their on-going service within those places. Volunteers experience God’s presence among new people and in new places. UCC Mission Trip Opportunities are short-term, lasting up to a week. Explore Disaster Recovery Mission Trips, Service Learning Mission Trips, and Justice Immersion Experiences.
MISSION TRIP LEADERS:
INDEX OF MISSION TRIP SITES:
Additional Opportunities for Service and Justice Immersion: Through the Partners in Service Program, UCC Volunteer Ministries partners with local agencies to place individual volunteers for opportunity for individuals to share and receive skills and gifts and capacity building for the organization. Young Adult Leadership development placements available Summer Communities of Service and year-long UCC Young Adult Service Communities.
UCC Mission Trip Opportunities, is your OCWM (Our Church's Wider Mission) at work. Through your contributions to OCWM basic support, you are maintaining the infrastructure to make possible the networks and partnerships that provide these service opportunities and long-term relationships in local communities. OCWM - Changing Lives!
Eighty-eight teens and 16 adults from First Congregational UCC in Guilford, Conn., built a home, among other tasks, during their spring mission trip to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss. First Congregational UCC, Guilford, Conn., photo.
Mission is a funny thing. Some receive a call without reason, others see reason but are still unclear about what they are called to do.
That isn't the case in Mississippi. Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss., hosted the Pilgrim Fellowship youth group from First Congregational UCC in Guilford, Conn., this past spring in a life-changing mission to raise a house from scratch.
During the year, Guilford's youth group does local mission work in its own community. It then picks an impoverished region for a large springtime mission. Merrilyn Garcia, director of the church's youth ministry, is very clear about the calling of her group. Pilgrim Fellowship is committed to doing God's work, she says. And in hooking up with Back Bay Mission, most would agree it's a good match.
Compassionate service and social justice
Since Back Bay Mission began in 1922, its mission has been to serve "the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the wider church community by faithful witness for social justice and compassionate service to the poor and marginalized." A tall order to be sure, but why Back Bay Mission does this work is very clear to those who work there.
"The 'why' of what we do at Back Bay Mission has long been anchored in the prophetic mandate of Micah," says the Rev. Shari Prestemon, Back Bay's executive director. "It tells us that the Lord requires that we 'do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.' The example of Jesus instructs us further that love for neighbor is a mandate of our faith, and that such love must be made real by our daily acts of compassion, mercy and peace-making."
"Back Bay Mission strives to be a sign of love incarnate," she says, "offering a faithful presence among the poor and suffering in our community, and providing a faithful witness to the Church."
The goal, says Prestemon, is to provide a transforming experience that makes a lasting imprint on participants' hearts and minds, by putting a face on the issue of poverty and by offering an example of the church working with joy to seek justice in the world.
88 teens, 16 adults
Garcia and Prestemon met in the fall of 2001, and Garcia inquired about bringing her group to Biloxi. When suitable projects arose, Garcia packed up 88 teens and 16 adults from her Pilgrim Fellowship group and set out for Mississippi. The projects? There were six, including rehabbing a recreation center and building a new home for a couple whose home had been lost.
Megan Yuhas was one of the teens that undertook this feat. She has been on a lot of mission trips throughout high school, but Back Bay is her favorite. "I was part of a group that was building the house," she says, "and it was a truly amazing experience. It was hard work and everyone, including myself, often got tired."
Yuhas' group worked from 9 to 5 with an hour for lunch. The sun beat down on them, and there was nary a breeze in the air. But that hardly mattered, says Megan, as everyone was part of the team and everyone played their part. "It didn't matter what the work was," she says. "If people knew it had to get done, they did it. It was so unbelievably satisfying to see teenagers, girls and boys, giving it their all to build a house for an elderly couple. It really made me proud."
Going to Mississippi really gave her a new appreciation for her life, says Yuhas. "I've seen a lot of poverty, and a lot of homelessness," she says. "However, Biloxi was the one place where I had interaction with some of the people, and really heard their stories. It's interesting how you go on a mission trip hoping to change someone's life and, although you do, they change your life so much more. They give you a new perspective on life, and give you a whole new reason to be happy. Seeing people who have so little makes you really value the life you have. It also makes you want to travel more places and spread more love."
Nicholas Catino concurs with Yuhas. Back Bay Mission had a profound effect on his spiritual growth.
"The Back Bay Mission allowed me and my peers to experience a whole new society and to fully understand different cultures," says Cantino. "The people of Biloxi were the kindest I have ever met in my life. Their help, support and this mission trip were unbelievable in that every person was touched by this amazing community in one way or another. Friendships were made and it really did change our whole outlook on life."
Within five days, the group had framed up a new house, put the majority of siding on it, and completed the roof on the new home. They tackled a number of other major projects throughout Biloxi, benefiting countless low-income families. "The group was focused and enthusiastic," says Prestemon, "filled with a deep understanding of the value of service and mission."