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Summer Service Worker Program

We are convinced that you don't have to go halfway around the world to make a difference.

The need is right here and right now.

We believe you have the gifts, talents and passions to change your world, to change your community.

Learn more about Summer Service

What is the Summer Service Program?

The Summer Service Program is a 6-10 week leadership development program that allows young adults to serve in their home communities. Participants spend their summer working with local churches or non-profits. 

Who decides what kind of service I will be doing over the summer?

You do! With the help of your local Mennonite congregation or agency, you will craft a service proposal that details what kinds of activities, events, and work you will be doing for the summer.  Proposals which reflect a strong commitment to peace, social justice, and community will be prioritized. 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.

Who can apply?

To participate in the program you must be an African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino or Native American between the ages of 18-30, have a high school diploma or GED, and be committed to making a difference in your community.

Why should I apply?

- Earn a summer stipend of $2,500.

- Sharpen your leadership skills and learn about yourself.

- Meet other young adults who are equally passionate about their community.

- Learn how faith and action go hand in hand

How do I apply?

Download the Summer Service Application (located on the right side of your web browser) and fill it out with your pastor or young adult leader. Once it is completed, email the application to the following  email address:   

Who can I talk to if I have any questions about the program?

You may email or call: Leia Lawrence at or 316-251-1698.

After I submit the application, what can I expect?

Once we receive your application, your proposal will be reviewed and we will contact your references. Shortly thereafter, we will contact you to set up a brief interview. Final selections will be made in April.

Is there an orientation for those selected to participate in the SSW Program?

Yes, there will be an orientation for Summer Service Workers. More information will be available later in the year.