The Washington, DC YAV site offers an opportunity to experience service and community life while living in the nation’s capital. The DC site focuses most of its placements on the intersection of housing, poverty, and racial justice. Volunteers will serve beside poor and low-income residents of DC—and will have the unique opportunity to engage issues such as poverty, hunger, and homelessness on the community organizing and policy level. YAVs will seek and give witness to God’s activity in the city, and in their lives, as they learn practices to sustain a lifetime of justice-seeking.
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Intentional Community Living
Volunteers will be expected to live as a community and draft a covenant for their common life. Practices of simple living, prayer, and spiritual reflection will be explored weekly with the site coordinator. The YAVs will cook together, explore the city together, retreat together, and find emotional and spiritual support from placement mentors, local spiritual leaders, YAV alum, and the site coordinator.
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.
Below are the current opportunities where DC YAVs are placed. In each, there is a connection to a local congregation to make sure there are ministry/worship leadership opportunities.
(Full-Time) Everyone Home DC
This multi-level homeless advocacy & services work center provides an opportunity to work directly with those experiencing homelessness (food provision, shelter, and mental health care) while also exploring what it means to advocate in the local Capitol Hill community and at the DC council on the policy level. YAVs assist in training other volunteers in direct homeless outreach. Administrative responsibilities are expected. Key areas are: social work, non-profit administration, public policy, community organizing, volunteer training, digital communications.
(Full-Time) The Steinbruck Center at Luther Place Church
A hospitality program for groups that come into the city and participant in “urban plunges” that the YAV would organize. Also connected with a congregation to engage in community organizing and direct services for connected populations experiencing poverty and homelessness. Most of the work is around inviting groups to learn about the city from the perspective of communities who call DC home and those experiencing homelessness (homeless women in particular). Key areas are: social work, non-profit administration, congregational-based outreach ministry, hospitality, tourism, women empowerment.
(Part-Time) Service Never Sleeps
A training organization focusing on allyship and anti-racism work, Service Never Sleeps works with local businesses and congregations to create active allies. Work entails meeting with new clients, setting up and working at trainings, becoming a certified trainer alongside a supervisor, and being the point “Active Allyship YAV” to bring allyship and its commitments to other YAVs in the DC program. Key areas are: non-profit administration, anti-racism development and training, sociology, public speaking.
(Part-Time). Office of Public Witness
The advocacy branch of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). The Office of Public Witness represents the faith-based conscience of the church, based on the policies and decisions decided at the PC(USA)’s General Assembly and the Office of the General Assembly. YAVs write updates and action alerts to the broader church. There are opportunities to welcome and educate groups of Presbyterians and other denominational members coming to advocate. You will also intersect with community witness opportunities throughout the city with ecumenical partners. Administrative responsibilities are expected. Key areas are: public policy, community organizing, congregational development, non-profit administration, public speaking.
(Part-Time) Northminster Presbyterian Church
An African-American congregation in North DC, Northminster Presbyterian works in the community through engagement with youth and young adults. This placement provides strong leadership development opportunities in worship and Christian education, as well as exploring pastoral and church-member outreach within the community. Key areas are: entrepreneurial ministry, ministry development, Christian education, community organizing, sociology, outreach ministry.
(Full-Time) Shirley’s Place
A program from Everyone Home DC, this daytime hospitality center on Capitol Hill offers a space for up to 15 people every day. Shirley’s Place offers respite for the day and needed services including through laundry services, social services- and everything in between. An ideal work site for those interested in social work and non-profit development, you are the first contact for a person experiencing homelessness. Administrative Responsibilities are expected. Key areas are: social work, homelessness, public policy, community engagement, community organizing, hospitality, mental health care.
(Part-Time) Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church
A majority-white congregation within a transitioning and gentrifying community, Capitol Hill Presbyterian is committed to being a witness and learner through radical hospitality, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, community conversations and service. Possibility to participate in children and youth ministry focusing on a faith-and-action Sunday School curriculum. This will be an opportunity for community engagement and congregational leadership. Key areas are: urban ministry development, worship leadership, education, community engagement and outreach, social services.
(Full-Time) InterFaith Works
A full-service homeless emergency center and medical service, through congregational partnerships, Interfaith Works has welcomed volunteers into work that builds skills in direct social services, local advocacy, emergency care training, and living into a “ministry of presence” with those who rarely receive dignity and respect due to their economic status. Key areas are: social Work, leadership development, homelessness and advocacy, mental health care, and hospitality.
Volunteers will live together in a local and diverse neighborhood in DC. YAVs commute to their placements by bus, bike, walking, streetcar, or Metro.
Education: college desirable
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