What is Summer Servants?
Summer Servants is an immersion service experience for local teenagers that happens in Syracuse, NY. This trip is run by Brady Faith Center. It is designed to empower teens to reach out to those who may be close in proximity, but who live in poverty or in the margins of our society.
Where we will stay?
Summer Servants is housed by DeWitt Community Church in DeWitt, NY. There will be separate sleeping arrangements, bathrooms and showers for males and females.
How will my group get there and be transported?
Each group's youth minister/group leader is responsible for the transportation of their group to Summer Servants and to the work sites during the program. They will need to secure a vehicle that can accommodate their group size.
What kind of work will we be doing?
Summer Servants will be doing a variety of work, such as working with children from low-income housing, working on urban farms and community gardens, helping at summer programs such as vacation Bible school, serving the hungry, creating community art, working with the elderly, and completing minor home repairs. Specific work sites will be known before groups arrive in order to make packing easier.
What will we do when not involved in service?
At our home site (DCC), there will be a variety of things to do during free time. There is a rec room, with games available to the group. Outside there is green space for outdoor games and sports. Structured group times are scheduled for every morning, afternoon, and evening, which are designed so that the group can learn and grow as a community.
Will our teens be safe?
Summer Servants does everything in its power to keep kids safe during the week. Teens will never be without an adult leader, and will never be put in known danger. We work with established organizations who are used to welcoming volunteers, or with families who are in the Brady network. Safety is our first priority
Why do I have to bring adult leaders?
The success of Summer Servants is dependent on the leadership of adults from registered churches/schools, who are actively involved with their youth. These adults will work beside the teens and lead them through the week. Then, after Summer Servants is over, these adults will be able to follow up with the teens, and integrate what they’ve learned into their daily lives. You must have both male and female adult leaders if you bring both male and female teens. Bring a minimum ratio of 1:8 and a max of 1:4.
To whom are payments made out to?
Each individual participant should make payment to your parish/organization. Each group will be invoiced and the final balance will be due by July 1st. Contact information for questions regarding payment and registration is firstname.lastname@example.org