Each summer 1,500 youth and adults from over 125 groups participate in our Summer Programs. For the summer of 2019, we have five site locations throughout Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona. We offer week-long sessions beginning June 23, 2019. Last summer, teenagers completed over 80 projects on homes and community centers. Outside of work projects, youth share in worship and explore the culture of the communities where they are serving. Two of the sites are located in Native American communities, two in rural communities, and one in an urban community.
Our mission is to enable youth to:
Build faith and strengthen communities through service to others.
Common to all SSP programs is service to the elderly, poor and marginalized. Our service is offered without strings attached and is done with an attitude of respect and humility.
Download and review the 2019 Summer Information Packet.
Each summer, volunteers from United Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian, Lutheran, United Church of Christ, Catholic, and other denominations are a part of SSP’s mission work. While our program has its roots in the United Methodist church, we are open to anyone who wants to attend.
Groups are encouraged to invite youth who are not already part of the church to participate in SSP with your youth group. This is a great way to grow your local youth ministry program and do outreach in the community. Groups of any size can attend (within the maximum size set for that session). Some churches send multiple groups to different SSP sessions due to their schedule limitations.
Groups of youth and adults from schools or families are also invited to volunteer with Sierra Service Project. No group is too small, one youth and one adult make a group!
Youth entering 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade in the fall of 2019, as well as 2018 high school graduates, are welcome to participate in our High School program.
This program is open to youth entering the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades in the Fall of 2019.
This program is designed for incoming 6th graders in fall 2019 through 2019 high school graduates. Mature youth will be given opportunities to lead and mentor younger youth throughout the week. Groups that comprise of only middle or high school youth are also welcome to attend Combined sessions, with the understanding that there will be youth of many ages present, as well as a mixed level of SSP experience.
Most youth who participate in SSP are part of a youth group, but we want the SSP experience to be accessible to all youth! High schoolers who are not part of a youth group can also participate in SSP, by signing up as an Individual youth.
This program works especially well for:
- Youth unconnected with a church or youth group
- Youth whose churches do not have youth groups
- Youth who are unable to attend with their group due to scheduling conflicts
- Youth who want to attend more SSP than once during the summer
Anyone age 12 and up may attend the Intergenerational session. Adult groups, college groups, staff alumni, families, youth groups, and groups with a mix in ages are all welcome to participate. We ask that anyone attending this program keep an open mind – it will not be a traditional SSP week! There will be volunteers of all ages present, as well as a mixed level of SSP experience.
2019 Program & Fee Schedule
This year we are offering many different types of programs, with varying costs and session lengths. Middle School and High School only groups can also attended Combined and Intergenerational sessions. Please call us if you have any questions about our program schedule!
Priority Registration Process: Summer 2019
SSP is transitioning back to a priority registration model this year, which will take place over the month of October!
What does this mean? When you register during the priority period, you’ll select your top choices of dates and locations, then reserve your group’s spots with a $60 per person deposit. Once the priority period has ended, SSP will send your group’s placement details. After all priority-registered groups are placed, sign-ups will open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis as space is available.
Having a priority registration period has historically meant that SSP can typically offer 97% of groups either their first or second choice of session. It also means we can ensure consistent volunteer numbers across weeks, helping SSP plan project completion timelines as well as improving your experience on site!
If you have extenuating scheduling circumstances that truly limit you to only one location and week, you can indicate this when signing up during the priority period. Contact Veronica with further questions.