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					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!

				
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