The summer service program is a ten-week program for young adults of color in the U.S. that runs from June to August. The program encourages and strengthens leadership capabilities within young adults while nurturing a commitment to community engagement.
- The program seeks to:
- affirm the resources, wisdom and strengths of churches and communities of color,
- inspire young adults of color in their development of leadership skills while cultivating a commitment toward Christian service and community engagement,
- foster opportunities for spiritual growth and appreciation of Anabaptist values,
- promote a theology of service that is connected to social justice and peacebuilding in one's local community.
- We are guided by these principles:
- We are a leadership development and capacity-building program for young adults of color.
- We believe in churches and community building.
- We believe in the resources, wisdom, and strength of churches and communities of color.
- We work with churches and agencies that have a holistic approach to community building within communities of color.
- We prioritize Summer Service projects as they relate to peace, social justice and community development.
- We approach all of our work through an anti-racist and anti-oppression lens.
- We affirm adult mentoring through program supervision.
- Program Eligibility
MCC Summer Service Program partners with constituent Churches or Organizations that:
- are churches/organizations of color with the capacity to supervise and invest in a young adult from their community either 20 or 40 hours per week
- show a commitment to peacebuilding, social justice, and nonviolence in their proposals
- approach their work through an anti-racist and anti-oppression lens
- have creative proposals that encourage strengthening leadership capabilities in young adults
- focus on community engagement and community building
MCC Summer Service Program works with young adults of color who:
- are between the ages of 18-30 (Non-Pastors)
- are participants in a Christian church and are committed to Christian faith
- show commitment to peacebuilding, social justice, and nonviolence
- have not already participated in the program 2 years
During this 10-week program, young adults will serve their local church or community filling a variety of positions. This could include working at a summer peace camp or an urban garden, to serving as a pastoral intern or a refugee and immigration educator—whatever fits with the vision of the local church, community, or organization.
The participants will attend a five-day National Leadership Conference at the beginning of the term, and a three-day regional End of Term gathering.
Interested in the summer service program? Apply today.