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East Coast Summer Service Program
The Mennonite Central Committee East Coast Summer Service Program is a short term leadership development program for young adult constituents between the ages of 18-30 who are from diverse ethnic backgrounds, such as African/African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic and Native American. Constituent churches and related organizations create and submit proposals to MCC about the kind of leadership engagement they foresee a young adult from their home church/community completing in that church/community during a period of six to ten weeks between the summer months of June-August.
Constituent churches and related organizations are encouraged to submit proposals to MCC that detail the plans and visions they have for a young adult from their church/community to further develop their leadership capabilities under the direction and supervision of church leaders. The vision of MCC is that churches/organizations will create three person advisory teams in these work/service settings to provide ongoing support and mentoring for their young adults as they work in their summer assignments.
In terms of submitted proposals, these proposals span the gamete of creativity. Proposals range anywhere from the young adult and church community hosting various community educational forums to that of running summer peace camps, health and wellness fairs and offering immigration support services. Others include but are not limited to theatre arts and creative music and dance programming, education and awareness of conscientious objection status to that of conducting a community census for the church to better understand regional demographics in order to provide appropriate church/community support services.
The Summer Service Program begins in January of each year when pastors and supervisors of related organizations are invited to attend one of several East Coast information sessions held via conference call. These required sessions offered in both Spanish and English language provide opportunity for MCC East Coast to explain program goals and expectations and give space for churches/organizations to ask questions and network together before submitting proposals.