Social Engagement: Summer Youth Initiative

The Youth Initiative goes beyond mission trip mentality and temporary service-learning projects. We provide opportunities for youth to engage their faith in educational, motivating, and provocative service experiences related to prevalent social justice issues. For eight weeks of the summer, the Youth Initiative immerses youth and adult leaders from around the country into the diverse neighborhoods and communities of Philadelphia with BSM serving as their home base. We aim to identify and confront stereotypes of the city, of urban poverty, and of marginalized communities.

Each day, participants engage in relational service work in different parts of the city. Work sites give context to the intersections of race, food and housing insecurity, gender identity, incarceration, and addiction.Throughout daily dialogue and during our evening discussion groups, participants reflect on scripture to learn what it means to put our faith into action.

The goal is to spark curiosity, to identify ways in which Holy Scripture calls for justice and love for all, and to stimulate conversations leading to lifelong service and discipleship. Overall, the Youth Initiative is committed to forming compelling leaders who are founded in rich theological, social, and academic understandings of justice and who possess the ability to ask and answer questions of the good society and to assemble its future.


Available weeks:

Week 1(high school): Sunday, June 17 – Saturday, June 23

Week 2 (high school): Sunday, June 24 – Saturday, June 30

Week 3 (high school): Sunday, July 1 – Saturday, July 7

Week 4 (high school): Sunday, July 8 – Saturday, July 14

Week 5 (middle school): Sunday, July 15 – Thursday, July 19

Week 6 (high school): Sunday, July 22 – Saturday, July 28

Week 7 (high school): Sunday, July 29 – Saturday, August 4

Week 8 (middle school): Sunday, August 5 – Thursday, August 9

Read our Information Packet here and learn how to register!

And, check out some information below of what #BSMYI17 accomplished this past summer!

Lunches are prepared each morning and eaten on-site each day

Lunches are prepared each morning and eaten on-site each day


Social Engagement Initiative Staff:

General Inquiries:

Devin Johns, Social Engagement Manager,, 215-735-4847 x108

Rev. Michele Ward, Social Engagement Minister & Coordinator,, 215-735-4847 x107

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