2016 youth service opportunities from Sierra Service Project

2016 youth service opportunities from Sierra Service Project


Sierra Service Project, or SSP, provides service opportunities during the summer and school year for middle and high school youth groups. SSP is:

  • Challenging service. Youth take on complex projects, learn to safely use power tools, and cultivate teamwork and problem-solving skills.
  • Fun! The SSP experience includes a tradition of games, songs, and lasting friendships.
  • Safe & Dependable. SSP has 40 years of youth service, leadership, and home repair knowledge, is dedicated to physical and emotional safety, and provides nutritious meals and spiritual support to all volunteers.
  • Intercultural engagement. Working with others to strengthen communities different from their own allows youth to experience new cultures in an authentic way.
  • Community-based, transformative service learning experience.
During the 2015 summer, SSP hosted 1,757 volunteers. They worked together to complete 94 projects which included replacing 9 failing roofs, constructing 10 brand new wheelchair ramps, and painting 17 homes. The United Methodist Church was well-represented with 115 churches sending nearly 1,400 of those volunteers!

The Reverend Matt Gorman is a pastor for the North Seattle United Methodist Network and has served with SSP as a youth in the 1970s, a staff in the 1980s, and currently on SSP’s Board of Directors. All three of his children have also participated with SSP as staff or youth, and Rev. Gorman says that he has, “seen first-hand how SSP continues to change lives.”

SSP is committed to providing safe, accessible, and affordable programs for youth to deepen their relationships with God and others through service. SSP trips cover housing, meals, construction training, spiritual development, fellowship and more. We also offer scholarships to groups and individuals who may not otherwise be able to attend.

Groups of all sizes can enroll, and no group is too small. Groups and individuals may register where space is available. Call 916-488-6441 or click today for more information!

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