Discipleship Year Program

General Info
The Festival Center
1640 Columbia Road NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-328-1102
Fax: 202-328-7483
Program Contacts
Washington DC
1640 Columbia Road NW
Washington 20009
Phone: 202-328-1102
Fax: 202-328-7483
Contact: 
Dawn Longenecker
Program Director
Affiliation: 
The Discipleship Year Program is a voluntary service program in Washington, D.C. supported by the Network of Church of the Saviour Faith Communities, which is Ecumenical. You can check out this network at www.inwardoutward.org We are also sponsored by our mother organization, The Festival Center. The Soteria Community School, which is also based in the Festival Center, is a sister program to Discipleship Year. Check us out at www.festivalcenter.org/programs/discipleshipyear. We partner with area non-profit ministries where our volunteers (interns) service. The volunteers live in Intentional Community together on Ontario Rd. NW DC 20009.
Goal of Program: 
To provide an opportunity for members to serve directly with people in need, to learn about the root causes of poverty and oppression while striving to find solutions to these challenges. We provide weekly seminars focused on community building, faith and personal growth development, along with sessions on Justice and Power. Additionally we support the volunteers with personal mentors, connect them to communities of faith and other justice seeking communities in the area.
Type of Placement: 
Discipleship Year is very similar to other voluntary service programs, however our program is ecumenical and draws from the wide array of denominations within the Christian Church. We also welcome non-Christians and people of other faith persuasions, respecting all religious orientations. We place an emphasis on both inward journey and outward journey development. Placements where our volunteers serve are directed at reducing poverty. They include an AIDS Hospice, Immigration Education Center, Adult and Child oriented Education programs, Health care placement sites, social service sites with homeless and low-income individuals, an Affordable Housing Program, an Environmental Education/Advocacy placement & an Alternative cafe and bookstore dedicated to social justice.
Service Area: 
Washington, D.C.
Service Length: 
11 1/2 months. Begin August 26, 2017 and serve through August 3, 2018.
Requirements: 
Commit to one year of service in Washington, D.C., to serve in a non-profit designed to your interests, live with others in community and take classes at the Soteria Community School. Must be 21 years of age or older (college education preferred but not required). We accept married or committed couples without children - U.S. or Canadian citizenship. International volunteers may apply but must arrange for their own visa.
Financial Arrangement: 
Volunteers receive room and board, and a personal stipend of $275/month is provided. Health Insurance provided. We'll help you defer your loans. The program also pays for each participant to take three classes per year at the Soteria Community School (www.festivalcenter.org) and sponsors three retreats for the volunteers annually.
Living Arrangements: 
Group house with five bedrooms, large common rooms, and several bathrooms. Address of home is in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC. One bedroom will be shared by two people. The rest have their own rooms.
Program Size: 
Six persons; 21 years of age or older.
Training: 
Volunteers receive orientation the last week of August, along with further orientation and training at their placement sites. Three trimesters of classes at the Soteria Community School are provided and three community retreats during the year. In addition, a seminar is held once/week during an afternoon (this is non-work time). The seminar focuses on strengthening intentional community, deepening participants inward journey's (through faith and personal growth practices) and explores our call as believers of justice and peace, in how to address the root causes of oppression in our world today.
Application Deadline: 
Applications accepted throughout winter, spring and summer. Official deadlines are March 1, April 1, May 1 and June 1. We process applicants in Rounds, so those who apply by the 1st deadline get 1st option for placements of their choice. Contact office to receive application: Dawn Longenecker, Program Director dlongenecker@slschool.org or 202-328-1102 or go on-line to: www.festivalcenter.org/programs/discipleshipyear
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