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.