The Youth Internship Program (YIP) is a St James Manotick initiative and receives in-kind support from St Albans, Trinity, Christ Church Ashton, and the ADO with the Diocesan Office providing funding through the Gift Program. YIP is a diocesan-wide program for youth in grade11 – 1st year college/university.
Donna Rourke, director of youth ministries at St James’ the Apostle Anglican church in Manotick, is the Coordinator of the Youth Internship Program.
The success of this program is proving to be the building of personal relationships between the YIP coordinator, the clergy team, the leadership facilitators, the Christian mentors and the interns.
YIP provides a new and meaningful way for our youth to be attached to the work of a parish, the ADO or one of our community partners while learning, growing and experiencing a real work environment and receiving a stipend. Our program embodies many of the priorities and practices noted in Embracing God's Future, the strategic roadmap for the Ottawa Diocese and the Marks of Mission from the National church. The program has four components: work placement, faith formation, leadership skills development and an intentional relationship with a Christian mentor. Each intern is expected to worship with regularity within a faith community and be an advocate for our program. This program empowers our youth to be the leaders of tomorrow both in our churches and our communities.
Work Placement: The coordinator works hard with the interns and placement supervisors to cultivate a meaningful work placement site. Exit interviews with both the interns and placement supervisors suggest that internships are enriching for the skill development of the intern and of value to the host organization.
Faith Formation: These are sessions with a diverse clergy team from urban, suburban and rural areas. Our Clergy team this term includes the Reverends Arran Thorpe from Trinity, Kerri Brennan from Christ Church Ashton and Ross Hammond from St James Manotick. The interns meet with the clergy team and the coordinator for faith formation 5-6 times in the term.
Leadership Skills Development: This component includes presentations from community and business leaders from across Eastern Ontario. Our leadership sessions encourage our youth to take an active role in learning to advocate for themselves and others and to develop leadership skills that will benefit them in years to come. This term our leadership facilitators have/will include: Bishop John from the Ottawa Diocese, Wendy Muckle, Executive Director of Ottawa Inner City Health and Jamie Tomlinson Chair of the Bishop’s Communication Advisory Panel. The interns meet with a leadership skills facilitator and the coordinator for leadership development 2.-3 times a term.
Christian Mentors: Each intern is assigned a Christian mentor or prayer partner for the year. This is an older person (from a different demographic than the intern) from either within the intern’s parish or another parish. This was a recommendation from our first group of interns. When asked what would make our program better, six of the six interns replied that having their own Christian mentor would make this program better.
Possibilities for our paid work placement sites include: Writing for Crosstalk, the diocesan office, Habitat for Humanity, KAIROS, Food Banks, Centre 454, St Luke’s Table and Citizens for Public Justice. Parish work possibilities include: parish historian, community engagement coordinator, event coordinator, children and Jr youth ministries and parish librarian.
How many intern positions and who can apply: We have 6 intern positions and our interns are selected based on a written application and participation in a panel interview. Any youth in grades 11- 1 st year university/college may apply. We will begin to accept applications May 15, 2017. The application form can be downloaded here.
For more information, to send your application or to donate to this program please contact the YIP Coordinator DONNA ROURKE, by emailing email@example.com