justiceworX 2005 Leaders Guide Dear Friend in Ministry, Thank you for considering Justiceworx as part of your summer youth ministry program! Below you will find some helpful information that will allow you to “spread the word” on Justiceworx. As youth ministers ourselves, we know how incredibly important it is to have information readily available. If you do not find something you need here, please do not to hesitate to call or email with any questions. DVD’s of past programs ar available to review or show students and I am very willing to come to your school or parish to discuss the program with you and your students. You can also go to www.justiceworx.com after January 1st. Once again, please accept my thanks for your interest. Please feel free to contact my if you have any questions. Many blessings in your ministry! Peace, Seán Patrick Sanford Frequently Asked Questions: 1. WHAT IS JUSTICEWORX? One of the most important and exciting developments in Youth Ministry over the past few years has been the vibrant growth in summer programming being made available to young people. Youth ministers from across the country have seen their programs revitalized or strengthened by bringing students on service immersion (or mission) trips. Justiceworx is part of this wonderful movement: a fun filled week of service and justice, exciting activities, and fascinating learning opportunities in a retreat-like environment. Justiceworx is staffed by dynamic adults eager to share their faith and lives with students and youth ministers alike. Whereas there are a great many “summer service camps” out there, Justiceworx seeks to integrate justice education and awareness into daily service experiences. A sample day at Justiceworx consists of: 7:30 AM Rise & Shine 3:30 PM Depart for St. Joe’s 8:00 AM Breakfast 4:00 PM Free Time activities 8:30 AM Morning Prayer & Reflection 5:30 PM Dinner 9:00 AM Depart for service sites 6:30 PM Evening Program 9:30 AM Work at sites 10:30 PM Free Time Activities We believe that the method of integrating faith development with service, justice, 12:30 PM Lunch break and discussion 11:30 PM Bed Time worship and community building is absolutely essential if young people are to be 1:00 PM Work at sites empowered to life their faith in an increasingly complex world. 2. WHEN IS JUSTICEWORX BEING OFFERED? We are offering six week-long experiences during the summer of 2005 with space for forty two participants per week. Weeks run from 6:00 PM on Sunday evening to 1:00 PM on the following Saturday. Availability is based on a first registered, first reserved basis. Registration is considered complete upon submission of the registration form (enclosed) and a deposit of $50.00. This summer’s offerings include the weeks of: June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17, July 31, and August 7. 3. WHAT IS THE FEE? Good news! Due to the generous support of St. Joseph's Seminary and the Vincentian Community, the cost for the week is down to $300.00 per person. The fee includes: room, board (meals), program expenses, staff and facility usage. As of 2005 this fee WILL also include the cost of transportation. (There will be no additional fees for vehicle rental or usage). HOW TO REGISTER: All participants must register as part of a group with a group contact person. To reserve spaces, group contact should send the enclosed group registration form plus a deposit of $50.00 per participant with checks made payable to St. Joseph's Seminary. Final payments, individual registration and permission slip/waivers for each participant will be due as indicated upon your reservation notice. Deposits are refundable through March 1, 2005. Individual participants (without a group) and those seeking scholarships should contact Seán Sanford for more details. Participants are allowed and encouraged to attend more than one week per summer. 4. WHO CAN ATTEND? Participation is open to any student having completed the first year of high school through first year of college, or those young people who are 14 to 19 years of age. Separate offerings will be made available to junior high and college aged students as need arises. Youth ministers, ministry volunteers or other adult chaperones are encouraged to attend Justiceworx with their students, however it is NOT required. Participating adults will be integrated into a work and discussion group. Rates for adults and students are the same. Groups may bring up to 12 young people per week. There is no minimum number. If groups wish to bring more than 12 participants, please contact Sean Sanford to discuss arrangements. Justiceworx is a program growing from the Catholic experience. Catholic Social Teaching guides our understanding of social justice and informs our worship life, however it is designed to be an open and welcoming experience for anyone wishing to live a Gospel based life. Justiceworx welcomes participants from various Christian backgrounds and those outside the Christian tradition interested in learning more about it. 5. HOW WILL JUSTICEWORX HELP PARTICIPANTS GROW IN FAITH? The bishops of the world declared in 1971 that service and justice are a “constitutive element” of living our Christian faith. Unfortunately, Catholic Social Teaching, which helps Catholic Christians to live their faith to the fullest, is also called our “Best Kept Secret.” The NJSP seeks to share that secret! By integrating participants in a fun, exciting community of faith that strives to live their faith “out loud”, we empower students and adults alike to grow in faith and share it with others. We also place great importance on helping students to place the call to service and justice within the traditions of our Church and the Sacraments. 6. WHO MAKES UP THE JUSTICEWORX STAFF? Justiceworx is staffed by youth ministers and young adults at a ratio of 6:1 (participants to staff). All staff members are subject to application, interview, training and background checks prior to employment. Former staff members have included past participants, others are experienced teachers and youth ministers. Staff is overseen by the director and assistant director, Sean and Helen Sanford respectively. When hiring, we attempt to secure highly talented and dedicated people with a representative mix of gender, race and life-experiences. 7. WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE? JUSTICEWORX participants will stay at the Vincentian Youth Ministry Center at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Princeton, NJ. The seminary, owned and operated by the Vincentian Community, an order of Catholic priest dedicated to helping the poor, is a truly remarkable Gothic structure located along the beautiful D&R Canal State Park. The seminary consists of two retreat centers, gorgeous grounds, the stunning Miraculous Medal Chapel, a gymnasium, meeting rooms, cafeteria and dorm rooms. This beautiful facility will serve as their home for the week. All meals are provided by our on site caterer. Visit www.sjseminary.org for more details. Boys and girls are housed in separate dorms for the duration of the week. 8. HOW ARE WORKSITES SELECTED? WHAT KIND OF WORK WILL WE BE DOING? Students will be volunteering at service sites Monday through Friday from approximately 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM each day. Worksites are located in and around the Trenton, NJ area and are approximately 15 minutes from the seminary grounds. Students will be part of a work-group that serves at the same site all week. Though some consideration can be given, placements are made based on age, experience and making sure the groups are mixed by group. All service sites are managed by partner-agencies with whom we have developed a working relationship. During the past five years, service has been done in the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, Martin House (housing rehabilitation), Mount Carmel Guild Day Care/Nursery Schools, Isles Community Gardens, various elder-care facilities and work with the developmentally disabled via ARC and other agencies. Every organization is a well-respected not-for-profit organization with a long track record of commendable service to the Trenton area community. Participants need have had no previous service experience. 9. HOW WELL-SUPERVISED & SAFE ARE THE STUDENTS? Safety is a primary concern at Justiceworx. Students are under constant supervision at worksites, while at the Seminary and during any off-site excursions we may take. Students at work sites involving tools will be instructed in proper use and duly supervised. We work with all our partner agencies to guarantee that service site locations are safe and to see that our groups are integrated into the local community. Our onsite ration is never more than six students to one adult and we aim for a three to one ratio while on site. We also consider it vital that students are well rested and well nourished. As such our schedule includes a good night’s sleep and every student is expected to eat three meals daily! 10. WILL MY GROUP MEMBERS BE MIXED WITH OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE AT THE WORKSITES? Yes!!! One of the goals of Justiceworx is to build up the larger community of faith. We will integrate students from various groups together unless expressly asked to do otherwise and given reason to do so. Students will have ample opportunity to spend time with friends at the Seminary and countless students have thanked us for helping them make new friends that have lasted years 11. WHAT WILL THE NON-SERVICE COMPONENT OF JUSTICEWORX CONSIST OF? As indicated above, each day includes breakfast, prayer, service, lunch, afternoon and evening programs, dinner and free time. The afternoon program focuses on community building through games and fun, relaxing activities. The evening program features speakers, reflections, faith building activities, educational and group discussions, evening prayer, free time, more games, movies, music and more. Other worship experiences will be offered during the week. While the overall theme of the week is Faith-Justice, daily themes include: Self- Awareness, Faith, Community, and Service/Justice. We also have at least one social activity off site (weather permitting). Possibilities include: hikes, the beach and a baseball game. 12. WHAT WILL BE USED FOR TRANSPORTATION? Groups and individuals must arrange for transportation to the Seminary at the beginning of the week (Sunday) and pick up from the Seminary upon completion of the program on the last day (Saturday). We will assist out of town groups in need of transportation from the airport as possible. Groups are sent out to worksites using 7 or 10 passenger vehicles. All vehicles are leased and all drivers must be 21 years old or older, have a valid driver’s license and a safe driving record. All participants MUST wear seatbelts while being transported. 13. WHAT ABOUT LIABILITY AND INSURANCE? All participants are covered by St. Joseph’s Seminary and the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians). Further, the agencies with whom we work carry liability policies. In addition, all participating schools, churches and individuals must submit proof of insurance and completed waivers for every participant. 14. WHAT SHOULD PARTICIPANTS BRING? In keeping with the important themes of simplicity and solidarity with the poor, students are asked to keep their luggage to one mid-sized duffle bag/suitcase and bring no more than $25.00 spending money. We also suggest bringing the following items: Sleeping bag and/or linens and blanket with a pillow Free time stuff, such as games, a book, music, an instrument, etc.; Personal medications1 & toiletries; A Bible, journal (or notebook) and a pen or two; Towel; Bathing suit and sunscreen (just in case!); Work clothes, footwear and gloves – a note on work clothes: depending on your work site, you may need to wear pants/jeans. Please bring a pair in case you are placed at such a site and expect all work clothes to get dirty. Please make sure you bring a pair of closed-toe shoes (i.e. sneakers or boots). You are welcome to bring sandals or other open- toed shoes, but some of our service sites require closed-toe shoes. Casual clothes (for after work) Bug spray; 1 A note regarding medications or special diets. Anyone taking prescription medications or with dietary needs must inform the NJSP director in writing upon arrival. Camera (optional) 15. WHAT ELSE? Justiceworx was created by Sean and Helen Sanford co-founders of Faith-Justice/Salt & Light Ministries. Sean has been active in pastoral ministry since 1998 and as worked as pastoral assistant for Youth Ministry at St. Charles Borromeo in Skillman, NJ. He is currently Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at St. Joseph’s Seminary, pastoral assistant for Service and Justice at St. Charles and a graduate student in Religion at Temple University. Helen Sanford has over thirty years of ministry experience. She was the Director of Religious Education at St. Bernard Church in Bridgewater, NJ for eighteen years and is currently the Director of Campus Ministry at Immaculata High School in Somerville. Their ministries seek to support churches and schools by offering programming and consulting services that integrate the best practices of youth, service and justice ministries. Officially begun in January of 2004, Faith-Justice/Salt & Light grew out of long term collaboration by local and regional ministry leaders. Please Note: Individual registration forms, permission slips/waivers and final payment due dates will be forwarded to participants through the group leader. Thank you!