Each activity of UrbanPromise’s year-round program is grounded in the following values and themes:
Through their work in after-school and summer camps and intern-only activities, participants develop a foundation for ministry related to personal and spiritual growth. Interns are assigned to small discipleship groups in which they are held accountable for their responsibilities at UrbanPromise as well as supported and encouraged to overcome the challenges of urban youth ministry. They also participate in and lead group worship and devotions.
Although they receive a small stipend for basic living expenses, interns volunteer as staff in UrbanPromise’s after-school and summer camps. Their role is primarily focused on planning for and teaching camp classes that include arts and crafts, Bible study, homework help, recreation, and performing arts.
Interns work and live in diverse communities. The neighborhoods in which they work are culturally and ethnically diverse; the families of many camp youth are non-English speakers or recent immigrants to the United States. In relation to living space, interns are grouped based on their neighborhood camp and live with program participants from across the country and world.
Participants in the internship program utilize and develop leadership skills through their work in an often challenging environment, engagement in weekly classes and discussions, and responsibility to respond to the needs of others—the youth they serve as well as fellow interns. Classes relate to various aspects of ministry, leadership, poverty, and culture and include guest speakers, film viewings, and assigned readings.
9:00-10:30 a.m. – Class on urban ministry
10:45-11:30 a.m. – Group exercise
12:00 p.m. – Community lunch
1:30-3:00 p.m. – Prep for after-school camp
3:00-5:30 p.m. – Camp
5:30-6:00 p.m. – Take campers home
6:30-7:00 p.m. – Dinner
7:00-9:00 p.m. – Home visits/teen tutoring/drama and skits
Year-Round Dates to Remember
September 9, 2013
May 30, 2014