Monday, May 9, 2011

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to share with you all my reasoning for wanting to participate in the Young Adult Volunteer program through the Presbyterian Church (USA) in August. As some of you may know, I have been an active participant throughout my young adult life in various mission trips. I have really enjoyed being able to give back to various communities across the United States while getting to know other teenagers who share in my beliefs. The past 16 years of my life have really been about getting through school and the focus has been on myself. Now that I am done with my undergraduate degree, I really want to take a break from school and focus on serving others.

I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve alongside fellow Christians in Chicago, IL starting in the fall. Although I am still unaware of my exact site placement, I can explain a little of what I will be doing in Chicago. The Young Adult Volunteer program (YAV for short) focuses on bringing together open-minded individuals who want to intentionally live in a Christian community. The Presbyterian Church brings together 4 to 5 people to live in a house in Chicago and work in various churches and non-profit organizations in the Chicago area. I am hoping to be able to be placed with a youth group and possibly a women's shelter, but I am still working out the details with my site director. The YAV's (as the participants in this program are commonly referred to) usually have a weekly bible study and book club. We also meet with our site director, Krista, who helps us make the transition into our new lives. She also helps us get acquainted with the city of Chicago.

Once I have more information about what I am going to be doing, I will post it on here for everyone to follow along! My goal is also going to be to write a weekly post, but I know it will be difficult because I was bad about updating my blog when I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark last spring! If you are interested in finding out more information about the program, you can click here! You can help me next year by keeping me in your thoughts and prayers, and by educating yourself about my program. Word-of-mouth is one of the most effective forms of marketing/advertising (I should know! I have a marketing degree!) and the YAV program would really appreciate it! Additionally, as part of my placement, I have to raise $6500 to help fund my year of service. If you are able to help financially, just click here and then fill out the form. In the comments section just write down my name, Sarah Bennett- Chicago YAV. To stay updated on my progress before my program begins and to follow along with my adventures, either click on the "follow" icon on the top right-hand side of the page, or send me an email. My email address is and I intend on sending out a monthly email to anyone/everyone who asks to receive it!

Thank you so much, and God Bless.

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