Youth Initiative

Envisioning the Kingdom of God in Philadelphia

The Youth Initiative and Alternative Breaks at Broad Street Ministry is so much more than your average mission trip or service-learning experience! We provide opportunities for youth and young adults to engage their faith in educational, motivating, and provocative service experiences related to prevalent social justice issues. Our goal is to spark curiosity, to identify ways in which Holy Scripture calls for justice and love for all, and to stimulate conversations for lifelong service and discipleship.

Join the Youth Initiative & Beyond Fundraising Campaign!

We are envisioning and strategizing ways to involve more and more people, adults and youth alike, in our mission immersion and education offerings. To do so, we need your support! Join our fundraising campaign here and check out our handy fundraising guide here.

Are you a past participant of the Youth Initiative?? Whether you attended the Youth Initiative anytime in the past as a youth or as an adult, we’d love to hear from you and see how your time with us has had a lasting impact. Please consider completing and sending us a Testimonial, found here.

For the most recent updates on the Youth Initiative, check out our newsletters! 

December 2016

January 2016

September 2015

April 2015

If you do not currently receive emails with our newsletters, contact Devin to get on the list!

Summer Youth Initiative
Summer 2017 is in progress! We areblessed to welcome 370 youth and adult participants from across the country for our largest summer to date.

If you’re not joining us for Summer 2017, join us next summer! Registration for Summer 2018 will soon be open, so please visit our Summer page for information on what to expect during a summer experience with the Youth Initiative and for information on how to register!

Youth Initiative Day Immersions

Historically, the Youth Initiative has hosted weekend service retreats in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. We have officially discontinued our overnight weekend experiences, and have developed brand new Day Immersions! All groups of 20 or fewer people are welcome to schedule a Day Immersion in order to have a relational experience at BSM and then dig deeper into issues of deep poverty and justice. Visit our Day Immersions page for more information on what to expect and how to register!

Alternative Breaks

Alternative Breaks are a great opportunity for past and new Youth Initiative participants to be involved throughout the year, for campus ministry groups to engage in social justice service learning, or for social justice minded students of any age to obtain hands-on experience with poverty issues outside of the classroom. Visit our Alternative Breaks page for more information!

You can contact the Coordinator of the Youth Initiative and Alternative Breaks, Devin Johns, directly via email at or at (215) 735-4847 ext. 108. 




Checks are to be made payable to Broad Street Ministry and mailed to:

Devin Johns – Coordinator of the Youth Initiative and Alternative Breaks, 315 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA, 19107

*In the comment section please put your group’s name and indicate that this payment is for Youth Initiative.

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