The most Multi-cultural site in the YAV community, Miami’s Dwellers serve, learn and work for mutual mission amidst intense diversity of positions, faith communities, people, and neighborhoods in the capitol of the Caribbean and South America.
This site seeks young adults to engage in the adventure of service and learning with the people of Miami, to engage in intentional Christian community and personal discipleship, to work with local ministries and agencies and to explore urban, multicultural ministry as a vocation and calling.
Volunteers will spend one day per week with their house community in book discussions, service projects or issue education. In addition, they will participate in a weekly evening community meal and other various activities, worship together once a week and attend retreats. One day a week is set aside for a personal day. Some work sites prefer or require Spanish, Haitian Creole or French, but it is not required to participate in the Miami program. All volunteers are asked to raise financial support and write reflections.
Young Adult Volunteers (YAV) is a service and leadership development program through the World Mission division of the PC(USA). Young adults serve for one year in the U.S. or internationally, in areas such as fair trade or environmental issues, and have the opportunity to experience Christianity in a new culture. YAVs are between ages 19 and 30. Check out the YAV program blog here.
Miami offers an incredible range of partner agencies and potential work placement. All sites involve multi-cultural settings, clients, and/or supervisors. Sites include service in the areas of:
Gun violence intervention
Interfaith social justice
Business within non-profits
Immigrant and refugee services
Health – public and clinical
Volunteers will serve their work placements approximately 32-35 hours a week (four days.) Sunday is set aside for church attendance. YAVs select the church they will attend and involvement is seen as a part of the year of service. One day is a personal day of rest and one day is set aside for YAV/Dwell team to be together in joint service projects, book discussions, skill building and/or community engagement.
Volunteers live together in any of the neighborhoods around the Downtown Miami area. In past years YAVs have lived in places like Little Havana, Little Haiti, Wynwood and also Homestead, about an hour from Miami.
The community of volunteers will create their own covenant, which will govern such things as house rules and spiritual accountability as well as setting goals and aims of their year together. Community covenants are considered living documents and are reviewed regularly. In addition to serving in a social service agency, the volunteers will be part of a local church and active community members in their neighborhood.
Education: some college desirable
Additional language a plus
Advent Calendar for 2016
A Journey of Memories—new devotional from Presbyterians Today. Join in the many sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the Advent season as we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ at Christmas. The 2016 Advent calendar is a wonderful collection of daily reflections, Scripture readings and prayers. Perfect for congregations, families and individuals.
World Mission announces Match Gift Challenge A group of our committed donors has pledged to match all gifts, up to $56,000, sent for mission personnel support through December 31, 2016. This means your gift of $50 today will leverage another $50 to support of all mission co-workers. Or perhaps you can give $500, which will become $1,000 when matched.
Read the latest paper in the Theological Conversations series, in which the Rev. Wes Avram offers a way for Presbyterians to engage the issues in the current election cycle. Theological Conversations invite congregational leaders in the PC(USA) into theological conversation. Each paper is a study resource with accompanying conversation questions.