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What is LeaderworX?LeaderworX is a transformative summer program for young adults interested in living in community, sharing their faith, discussing social justice issues, and doing service.
The program consists of two components: Formation and WorX.
Formation Weeks: Community members spend time getting to know each other, participating in robust discussions, taking trips, doing service, praying together, and more! This past summer our LeaderworX community took a trip to Washington, D.C. to learn about immigration reform, served breakfast in Trenton, spent a day at a water park, and went to church together.
WorX Weeks: During these weeks LeaderworX members help to facilitate week long social justice service immersion trips for middle and high school students. These trips allow LeaderworX participants to share what they believe, mentor young people, and give back to the community. Some of our community partners include nursing homes, day cares, summer camps, soup kitchens, day programs for adults with developmental disabilities, and food pantries. These are truly life changing trips for the teenagers who participating in the program.
Who sponsors LeaderworX?LeaderworX is sponsored by the Center for FaithJustice, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing transformative experiences of faith in action through service learning and education for justice.
Who can participate in LeaderworX?In addition to the age requirements outlined below, applicants should:
- Be comfortable sharing their life and faith journey in public.
- Have an interest in learning more about the social teachings of the Catholic Church.
- Be willing to live in community with other young adults for the duration of their stay.
- Possess a strong work ethic; hours are long and the work demanding.
- Be eager to work with young people and to serve at-need populations.
- Have a good sense of humor.
- Have proven leadership skills.
We are looking for people of faith committed to social justice and community living. LeaderworX candidates recognize the essential element of community, are comfortable talking about their faith, and are passionate about issues of service and justice. Strong leadership skills, the capacity to take direction, and the ability to live and work with a diverse group of people are all essential.
The LeaderworX program accepts participants meeting the following criteria:
Senior LeaderworX: Individuals who are over 21 years of age and have a clean driving record for at least three years. Senior LeaderworX serve as the adult chaperones for the ServiceworX and JusticeworX participants and receive a stipend of $1,500 for the whole summer or $1,000 for two-thirds of the summer. Housing and meals (food stipend shared by the community) are provided.
Junior LeaderworX: Individuals who are 18-20 years old. While not able to function as adult chaperones, participants designated as Junior LeaderworX assist in facilitating small groups, assume various responsibilities at the volunteer service sites, and participate in all aspects of the LeaderworX formation and programming. Housing and meals (food stipend shared by the community) are provided. These junior positions are limited in number depending on program needs and at the discretion of the staff.
Details on Housing, Meals, and StipendsAll community members will be provided with housing and meals (a food stipend shared by the community) for the entirety of their time in the program. In addition, a stipend of $1,500 is provided for a full summer and $1,000 for two-thirds of the summer will be provided to each Senior LeaderworX participant (at least 21 years of age and who meets the driving eligibility requirements).
Junior and Senior LeaderworX who commit to the entire summer are also eligible for travel reimbursement.
Can I have visitors?Visitors are welcome, particularly during non-program periods. However, due to safety concerns and space limitations, prior permission for visitors should be secured from the program coordinator and/or executive director. While we will certainly attempt to accommodate out-of-town guests, any incurred expenses for additional meals, activity fees, etc. are the responsibility of the program participant and/or guest.
Can I have a job while I am at LeaderworX?No. In addition to the fact that you will be very busy for the duration of the summer, LeaderworX participants are expected to spend time with their community as much as possible. It is also very important that you take time to relax, reflect, and rest!
What does a typical day look like?LeaderworX consists of two types of weeks: Formation Weeks and WorX Weeks. During Formation Weeks the LeaderworX community is together at the Center for FaithJustice CASA participating in service, meals, liturgy/prayer, discussions about social justice issues, exploration of the surrounding area, sessions with guest speakers, group activities, and relaxation. During WorX weeks the LeaderworX participants are assisting with either JusticeworX or ServiceworX. Both programs are week-long, service and social justice experiences for teens. JusticeworX is an overnight program for high school teens in either West Virginia, Trenton, or Philadelphia. ServiceworX is a day program for middle school students and is held primarily in the Trenton area. Formation Week Sample Day
- 8:00-8:30am: Mass
- 9:00am-12:00pm: Split into volunteer service sites groups
- 12:30-1:30pm: Lunch
- 2:00-4:00pm: Speaker or other program
- 4:30-5:30pm: Emmaus Walks
- 6:30-8:30pm: BBQ with Bethany House
- 7:30am: Wake-up
- 8:00-8:30am: Breakfast
- 8:30-8:45am: Morning prayer
- 8:45am: Depart for service sites
- 3:30-4:30pm: Return to host site for community time (games, snack, socializing, and playing)
- 4:30-5:30pm: Showers and cell phone time
- 5:30-6:30pm: Dinner
- 6:30-10:00pm: Formation time (journaling, group discussions, large group presentations, activities, etc.)
- 10:00-10:30pm: Evening prayer
- 10:30-11:00pm: Staff meeting
- 11:00pm: Lights out
- 8:30am: Participants arrive
- 8:45am: Morning prayer
- 9:00am-12:00pm: Group is split at a variety of service sites
- 12:15-1:00pm: Lunch
- 1:00-1:30pm: Community time (games, socializing, and playing)
- 1:30-3:45pm: Formation time (journaling, small and large group discussions, activities, etc.)
- 3:45-4:00pm: Closing prayer
- 4:00pm: Participants depart
- 4:00-4:30pm: Staff meeting
- 4:30pm: Return to the CASA
What are the accommodations like?LeaderworX participants reside at The Center for FaithJustice’s facility - the CASA - in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. LeaderworX participants share rooms with other members and have common spaces at their disposal. There is a kitchen available for all food preparation. The CASA is located in a quiet neighborhood, ideal for talking walks or playing outdoor sports. However, restaurants, bars, live music, shopping, and more are all within easy driving distance.
Important Dates and How to Apply
How do I apply?Read through all of the information on this website. Make sure you understand the nature of this commitment and that you are excited about the possibility. LeaderworX applications should be submitted according to the deadlines outlined below. Personal interviews will be scheduled approximately one week after the application deadline. In addition to the application, please ensure that all references are submitted as well. We strongly recommend applying before the final deadline of May 1, 2017. Applications will be accepting on a rolling basis after that date, based on space available.
- November 30, 2016
- January 31, 2017
- March 31, 2017
- May 1, 2017If you are interested in applying for LeaderworX, please complete the online application.
What are the dates for LeaderworX?The following three LeaderworX options are available for summer 2017:
- Whole summer: June 4 - August 15
- First two-thirds of the summer: June 4 - July 26
- Last two-thirds of the summer: July 2 - August 15