For adults and youth alike, immersion and work camp experiences can be transformative insofar as they take us into the reality of others in a personal way and provide opportunities for reflection, social analysis and ongoing action and commitment.
Called to Witness
Catholic Relief Services, in partnership with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and the National Association for Catholic Youth Ministry Leaders, announces the 2015 Called to Witness trip to El Salvador in May 2015. Through Called to Witness, CRS provides parish, diocesan and national youth ministers with a global experience to help them call and empower young people to an active commitment to working for solidarity, peace and justice.
The Called to Witness experience does not aim to be a direct service program, but rather an opportunity for meeting people, developing relationships, and learning about the work of the Church around the world with the hope of enhancing faith formation and youth ministries. Among the many situations and realities explored, this delegation will highlight CRS’ work in the areas of migration, peacebuilding, youth violence prevention programming, and integral human development. Potential collaboration between NFCYM / NACYML and CRS/El Salvador will be explored, particularly as it relates to youth on the margins, unaccompanied minors, immigration reform and healthy families.
Resources for Planning Immersion Experiences
Catholic Social Teaching Companion for Work Camp and Immersion Experiences Developed by Catholic Relief Services and Education for Justice. Learning through Service: A Guide to Immersion Trips and Extended Service Projects for Youth Guidelines developed by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Mission Office, Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Office of Evangelization and Catechesis.
Immersion and Work Camp Experiences
These solidarity programs are sponsored by CRS’ partners and are rooted in Catholic social teaching Young Neighbors in Action Sponsored by the Center for Ministry Development (CMD), Young Neighbors in Action is an exciting, integrated service-learning experience for parish and school teams of older youth and adults and provides the experiences, skills and learning needed to make change possible. Look for a special track called Young Neighbors in Solidarity, offered in partnership with CRS. Exploring global poverty through the lens of solidarity, this Young Neighbors thematic program offers participants three days of service in Baltimore, MD, along with a day-long advocacy-training at CRS headquarters and appointments with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill. Sign up for this week through the Young Neighbors in Action website. Just 5 Days Sponsored by the Center for Ministry Development, Just5Days is a five-day service learning experience for groups of middle school youth and their adult leaders from Catholic parishes and schools. Justice Walking JusticeWalking (J-Walking) is a 3-to 6-month “prophet-raising” process, from JustFaith Ministries, that forms small communities of adults and older teens committed to living the Gospel message. Borderlinks BorderLinks’ experiential educational programs focus on issues of immigration, community formation, development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico, the U.S and beyond. Rostro de Cristo Rostro de Cristo is a Catholic program whose mission is to provide spiritual and educational opportunities for young people from the United States with the people of Ecuador.