JwX Philadelphia

JusticeworX Philadelphia

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  • Participants must have completed 9th – 12th grade in 2016-17 school year
  • While rising 10th graders are welcome, this trip is a great choice for a second, third or fourth service immersion experience!
  • Our Philadelphia program is an urban experience with public transit to get to service sites
  • Lodging will be at the St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Center in the Germantown section of Philadelphia
  • 20 participants/week
  • $570 per person covers all expenses

Philadelphia FAQ

What is the typical schedule of a day in Philadelphia?

Participants arrive to check in on Sunday evening of the program week. The first evening of all programming consist of a tour of the host facility, an introduction to the week’s events, staff introductions, icebreaker/community building activities and discussions, and then conclude with prayer and reflection. A typical week-day at JusticeworX includes:

  • 7:30 am — Rise and Shine!
  • 8:00 am — Breakfast
  • 8:30 am — Morning Prayer
  • 9:00 am — Depart for Service Sites
  • 12:00 pm — Lunch
  • 3:00 pm — Return to host site
  • 3:30 pm — Community Building and Recreation / Showers
  • 5:30 pm — Dinner
  • 6:15 pm — Evening Activities tying faith to action/service to social justice
  • 9:45 pm — Free Time
  • 10:30 pm — Evening Prayer
  • 11:00 pm — Bed Time

As the above schedule outlines, participants wake up for breakfast and Morning Prayer. After prayer, participants depart with assigned service groups to complete service at a local agency. While there, students are exposed to different experiences of service, break for lunch to discuss the morning’s experience, resume their service experience, and at 3pm return to the host facility. Upon arrival at the host facility, participants take part in recreational free time, which consists of pre-planned games and activities led by the program staff.

After dinner, participants will join in a variety of dynamic presentations and interactive experiences that introduce them to varying faith, service, and justice themes particular to the Philadelphia experience. Participants will have opportunities to reflect on daily experiences, share with peers, and learn about ways in which they can live out the faith through service to others.

Participants will also have many opportunities to participate in engaging faith experiences, including through music and Mass during the course of the week. Following evening prayer each evening, students head off to bed. The JusticeworX experience comes to a close on Saturday after lunch and a closing activity.

Note: Depending on programming content, each evening’s schedule may vary. Times are not concrete, just typical. Programming may include speakers, outings, tours, and other activities that would affect the schedule shown above.

What does JusticeworX Philadelphia cost?

JusticeworX Philadelphia is $570 per participant. Program costs cover 24-hour supervision and instruction from a team of facilitators, all meals (Monday breakfast through Saturday breakfast), transportation to and from service sites throughout the entire trip, service site set up and organization, housing, and programming materials.

Where do participants stay? What do sleeping and shower arrangements look like? Is it safe?

Participants will stay at the St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Center, located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Students are separated by male and female into sleeping and showering quarters with single beds and are housed in a space that was formerly a section of row homes and now functions as a retreat center. Our facilitators are on-site to supervise students overnight.

What are the departure and arrival days? What does transportation involve?

Unless otherwise indicated, participants should arrive at the host parish (St. Charles) on Sunday afternoon for the beginning of the program week. The group will check in at the parish and take school buses to the retreat center in Philadelphia. The program finishes on the following Saturday at noon. We arrange all transportation to work sites and any off-site activities during the week as well as to and from the host parish. Participants will need to arrange drop off on Sunday and pick up on Saturday and be signed in and out by their parent or whoever is driving them to and from St. Charles.

Where will the participants be serving during JusticeworX Philadelphia?

Service sites are generally located within 30 minutes of the host facility (by public transit/walking). In recent years, agencies have included day care centers, housing rehabilitation sites, soup kitchens, food pantries, community gardening programs and senior care centers among others. These service sites will be established and assigned before the program week begins.

When selecting service sites, safety is always our first priority. All service sites are managed by agencies with which we have developed a previous working relationship. Our second condition is that they serve poor or needy populations. While many sites work with those who are economically poor, we also work with sites who serve those poor in spirit, loneliness, etc and fulfill our call to serve through the Corporal Works of Mercy.

What do participants need to bring?

NOTE: It is very important that participants PACK LIGHTLY. It is strongly encouraged that participants only bring what is included on the packing list. Simple living is highly encouraged during the week, especially in terms of packing materials.

When packing, remember to choose clothing that you would want to wear in 90+ degree weather. Please bring appropriate attire, no spaghetti strap tank tops or short shorts (shorts must be no shorter than 3″ above the knee), especially for the assigned service sites.

Packing List:

  • Work clothes: closed toed shoes, jeans/pants that can get dirty/ruined or shorts of appropriate length (no shorter than 3″ above the knee), t-shirts with sleeves
  • Clothes to change into after work sites and showering (tanks are fine but no spaghetti straps, exposed bra straps or inappropriate words/logos); sandals are fine for evenings
  • Toiletries
  • Reusable water bottle (used for refilling throughout the week)
  • Reusable lunch bag
  • Healthy snack to share with the group
  • Journal
  • Sun screen/bug spray
  • Sleeping bag or bedding
  • Pillow
  • Towel

Contact Mare Ernesto for more information!