Discipleship Year Program

Goal of Program

To provide then opportunity for members to work alongside people in need, to learn about the root causes of poverty and oppression while striving to find solutions to these injustices. We are committed to social change within a community and faith based framework.

Type of Placement

Discipleship Year provides placements in the field of Health Care, Affordable Housing, Immigrant Services, Early Childhood Development, Support for those with Intellectual Challenges and in General Social Services. These currently include Academy of Hope, Briya Public Charter School, Community of Hope, L'Arche, N Street Village, Potter's House Cafe and Bookstore and Joseph's House with more being added soon for our 2018-19 year.

Service Area

Washington, D.C.

Service Length

11 1/2 months. Begin August 27, 2018 and end July 31, 2019.

Program Size

Six persons; 21 years of age or older.


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 Arrangements

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. Parking in the back for two cars.


Volunteers receive orientation the last week of August, along with further orientation/training at their placement sites. Two Semesters of classes at Soteria Community School are provided and three community retreats during the year. In addition, a seminar is held once/week on Tues afternoons. This seminar focuses on strengthening intentional community, deepening our self awareness and spiritual practices, along with exploring issues related to justice and peace.

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 pick of placements they prefer. Contact office to receive application: Dawn Longenecker, Program Director [email protected] or 202-328-1102 or go on-line to: www.festivalcenter.org/programs/discipleshipyear

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Dawn Longenecker


1640 Columbia Road NW
Washington, 20009
Phone: 202 328-1102


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Discipleship Year is a one year internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. supported by The Festival Center. Check us out at www.festivalcenter.org/dy. Soteria Community School is a sister program to Discipleship Year, also based at the Festival Center. Interns (volunteers) take classes at the School, which is focused on the intersection of Faith and Justice. Participants serve 35 hours/week in non-profits dedicated to reducing poverty and injustice. All members live in Intentional Community, sharing their food $ in common. We are situated within a Christian context, while welcoming all - no matter what religious or non religious affiliation. We welcome all races, classes of people and ranges of sexual orientations. The program provides weekly seminars with a focus on building community, deepening self awareness/spiritual practices, along with exploring the root causes of poverty and oppression.

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