Welcome to Sierra Service Project
Sierra Service Project's (SSP) mission is:
We are an independent, interdenominational Christian 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Explore Communities, Faith and Serve Others Next Summer: 2015 Registration Now Available
1,598 youth and adults from 115 groups are registered for Summer 2015! Registration is open where space is available; review the current availability. We have a few sessions that can accommodate large groups (40-60 participants). If you are interested, please contact Veronica Russell, SSP's Volunteer Coordinator.
Youth teams will be serving in six site locations. Two of the sites are located in Native American communities, two in rural communities, and two in urban communities.
Download the 2015 Summer Information Packet.
2015 Domestic Summer Programs:
We have allocated $40,000 towards our Scholarship Fund this year with the goal of making the SSP experience affordable to all. Our commitment is that no youth should be excluded from participating due to lack of money. Download the 2015 Group Scholarship Application Form which is due by January 15 to receive priority.
2015 Summer Program Schedule
This year we are offering three different types of programs, with varying costs and session lengths. Please call us if you have any questions about our program schedule!
Staff Applications for Summer 2015 Now Available
Young adult leadership is critical to SSP's mission to mentor and guide teenagers in their service work with communities. Every year we hire 42 young adult staff members to run all aspects of our programs.
Being a member of the SSP staff is an incredibly rewarding and challenging experience - unlike any other summer job you will ever have. Our staff live and work together for nine and a half intense weeks, running all aspects of six weeks of summer service for over three hundred youth. Learn more and download job descriptions.
Announcing the SSP Leadership Academy
The SSP Leadership Academy is an exciting and high-impact training program for experienced SSP staff members. All former employees who are planning to work for SSP in 2015 are invited and encouraged to apply for the SSP Leadership Academy. Eight participants will be accepted to participate in two all-expenses-paid, weekend sessions led by two professional, paid mentors.
Highlights of the program:
Download the information sheet for more details.
The Academy is a unique opportunity to develop insight into your strengths and increase your leadership skills. If you are prepared to reflect deeply on how your faith will shape your future and your role in the world, we strongly urge you to apply. If interested, complete the application and email it with the requested essays to email@example.com by January 9, 2015.
Those who apply (both accepted and those passed over) for the Academy still need to complete a summer staff application so we can gather information about your job choices, t-shirt size, address, etc. but do NOT need to complete the essay portion.
SSP has a ten-year history of sending teams to learn and serve with the poor in Central America. For the third year, we will be sending teams to serve in Nicaragua. We run this program in partnership with Seeds of Learning (SOL), a nonprofit organization with over twenty years of experience working in Nicaragua. In 2015, we plan to send two teams.
Seeds of Learning is dedicated to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for the poor in rural Nicaragua. A significant portion of the program fee charged by SOL supports their year-round school building, teacher training and scholarship programs. As a volunteer in this program, you will be working alongside members of the local community to build or expand a local school.
Learn more about SSP's program in Nicaragua.
Download the Nicaragua Information Packet.
Registration will be available in early November.
This school year marks Sierra Service Project’s fifth year offering Weekends of Service for local youth groups. Over the years we have added new locations and planned a variety of service projects for youth to be involved in their communities – every weekend is unique! From full group service projects planting trees in South LA, and harvesting fruit for the local food bank, to more traditional SSP repair work, each session has its own flavor.
This year we have year-round programs in Phoenix, South Los Angeles, Sacramento, Portland and Vernonia, Oregon!
We are also looking to hire a Regional Coordinator in Sacramento and South Los Angeles. If you are interested in a part time position working with SSP year-round, please email Rick Eaton for more information.
Download the 2015 Weekend Information Packet.
Register now where space is available - first come first served.
Young Adults are Vital to SSP
SSP offers challenging service opportunities for Campus Ministries throughout the year, serving communities in Nicaragua, Oregon and South Los Angeles. During the summer, teams of young adults learn about social justice and participate in service projects in Nicaragua. Learn more about our projects in Central America.
Campus Ministries also serve during alternative winter and spring breaks at our Oregon and South Los Angeles sites. These weeks include repair projects for the elderly and community centers in need, and social learning about the surrounding communities and city. Learn more about serving with your group on an Alternative Break.
Follow SSP Everyday on Social Media
SSP now has a presence on facebook, tumblr, twitter, pinterest and youtube. Following us through social media is a great way to see daily updates about the SSP world and connect with fellow SSP supporters.