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The Summer Youth Initiative 2016 is in full swing!

July 11, 2016
In Week 2, we welcomed youth from Westminster Pres in West Hartford, CT; First Pres of Wilson, NC; Wayside Pres from Erie, PA; and Sewickley Pres from Sewickley, PA.
In Week 2, we welcomed youth from Westminster Pres in West Hartford, CT; First Pres of Wilson, NC; Wayside Pres from Erie, PA; and Sewickley Pres from Sewickley, PA.

Though it’s hard to believe, we are already mid-way through the summer! The Youth Initiative this summer has seen great improvements – we have cots, air conditioning, and a quirky and energetic team of summer staff! We’ll be welcoming about 300 youth from 23 different groups from churches all over the country throughout the summer, and for those who are returning from past summers, they may not even recognize the Youth Initiative!

Participants this summer are spending a lot of time here at BSM – volunteering for the Hospitality Collaborative and engaging with our guests over meals. But, while they’re not at BSM, our participants have farmed in North and West Philly, prepared meals for folks living with terminal illnesses, and spent time in a hospitable, loving community of recovery. Within all of these volunteer contexts, our youth have been considering the ways in which they can continue or begin similar models of mission and service upon their return home from BSM.

Each night, the youth add creations and ideas to our Shifting Gears board, so that by the end of the week they have a visual of all they've learned and done.
Each night, the youth add to our Shifting Gears board. By the end of the week they have a visual of all they’ve learned and done.

Our discussion theme for the summer is “Shifting Gears.” Again, thinking contextually about mission and justice, we’re considering what “gears” must be turning in order to make sustainable and lasting impact on our community and how to keep all those gears in motion. Throughout the week, youth discuss how to consider their motivation to work towards justice, the resources and talents they have available to them, the importance of resting and reflecting on the work we’ve done, and finally, how to use all of the former gears to inform more meaningful re-actions. We’re looking to Moses as our guide for these “gears,” following stories of his leadership of the Israelites out of oppression in Egypt. Our goal is to extend our reach beyond Philly and to prepare the youth to continue the mission for radical hospitality in each of their home communities.

We held our very own vigil for the tragedy in Orlando. Here, a youth prays for comfort, peace, and healing.
We held our very own vigil for the tragedy in Orlando. Here, a youth prays for comfort, peace, and healing.

 

 

 

If you’d like to hear more about how the summer is going or ways you can be involved, Devin would love to hear from you! Feel free to give her a call at (215)735-4847 x108 or email devin@broadstreetministry.org.

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