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International Justice Mission
“I want to be a part, even a little one, of God’s story of hope in this world,” says Brittany Harwell (’11), who just began serving as a field intern for International Justice Mission (IJM) in Nairobi, Kenya. Often hope is hard to see. Across the globe, human trafficking is a 32 billion dollar industry; 27 million people are held as slaves, and 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex trade. In high school, Brittany set her sights on law school. Her strengths in logic helped her excel as student body Executive VP at SPU. But when she discovered international human rights law, her heart and mind both felt the call. As part of IJM’s team, Brittany works alongside lawyers investigating abuses, and mobilizing interventions on behalf of victims of child sexual assault, police brutality, and illegal detention. For Brittany, this stirs her mind and servant’s heart: “I want to see justice work in our world, I want to be part of reconstructing this mess because I do think God is working in it.”
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UCC Partners in Service
At Plymouth House of Healing, I am a live-in companion. It is transitional housing for adults who have experienced homelessness and live with mental illness. One member of the companion team is on duty at all times, to be present for the residents. This includes cooking dinner, as the whole house eats together five nights a week.
Click here to meet Hannah.
Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos
At Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, an organization that runs 9 orphanages in Central America, I will be the administrator at the surgery center located at the Honduras orphanage. We will be doing general surgeries as well as several brigades. Also I will have the chance to mentor a group of orphans.
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Brethren Volunteer Service
As a policy and advocacy fellow with Jubilee WA Network, I coordinate with partner organizations to carry out campaigns and collaborate with Jubilee staff to conduct outreach to policymakers. I also draft and edit policy papers and communications.
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I am the youth programs coordinator for the Urban Family Center. I coordinate a youth violence awareness campaign called, "Who's Next?" developing and empowering young people to speak up about issues that impact them and their community. I also run a tutoring program at Rainier Beach High School and connect young people with community resources.
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As the cafe coordinator at the Downtown Chapel (DTC) in Portland, Oregon, my main job will be to renovate the weekly Saint Andre Cafe, which provides a warm meal and time for fellowship for DTC neighbors and guests. I will also staff community programs such as the food pantry or hospitality center. The center aims to provide hope and healing to the most marginal members of society through a wide range of basic services: clothing, hygiene, phone calls, haircuts, foot care, and blankets, among many others.
Click here to meet Lindie.
Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW
As a resident supervisor at St. Margarets Shelter, I will assist in providing information and referrals, case management, maintaining records, and resolving conflicts as needed to guests at the shelter. I will also conduct vocational rehabilitation support and programs.
Click here to meet Meaghan.
When the new Colleague class heard they were expected to perform in the Conference talent show, some got nervous… but Mike Davis felt right at home. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Mike spent years coordinating school assemblies that toured nationally, using hip-hop, rap, and other media to reach youth about abstinence and youth violence. “There are so many issues that our young people are dealing with on a daily basis that distract them from pursuing their dreams,” Mike laments. He sees the arts as ministry, a way to convey culturally-relevant messages, and he finds deep motivation by the potential he sees in young people “to turn this world upside down for the Kingdom of God.” Mike now directs the Leadership and Mentoring Program for Urban Impact in Seattle, using performing arts to equip middle school youth to make positive, life-giving choices. Mike’s goal as a Colleague is “to be challenged...to think and dream bigger in my attempt to reach young people.”
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I will be the Communications Liaison for World Concern in Bolivia. I will fill several roles including gathering stories and photo, writing grants, and leading donor trips. As a full-time member of the World Concern Bolivia staff, I will support the office however I can.
Click here to meet Nathan.
Pretoria, South Africa
I work with high school students living in the Mamelodi township of South Africa. I run and support educational programming (including computer literacy courses, an after-school program, a young men's group, sports initiative, and holiday programming) and mentor local teens.
Click here to meet Richard.