New York Service and Justice Collaborative
New York, NY
The New York Service and Justice Collaborative (NYSJC) offers an opportunity for young adults to commit to a year of service, vocational discernment, leadership development, social justice engagement, and intentional community living, based in two diverse church communities: Harlem and South Bronx.
Mission: Forming spiritually grounded leaders through community and action for social justice.
Recent college graduates, ages 22-30, join the NYSJC from late August through end of July of the following year, to provide services to people in need, through initiatives at some of New York City’s most innovative and caring agencies.
NYSJC has two intentional community sites – an apartment at St. Mary’s Harlem Church and a rectory at Trinity Episcopal Church, in the Morrisania section of the Bronx. Fellows participate in the worship life and social action happening in and around these vibrant communities of faith. Fellows at St. Mary’s live in a 4 bedroom apartment, while fellows at Trinity live in the 6 bedroom Trinity House.
NYSJC believes God can be found in and through relationships. We are committed to social and economic justice and urban ministries. NYSJC exposes young adults to the complexities of systemic injustice while also empowering them to explore and enact faith-filled responses. Examples of past fellowships include working with individuals at risk of losing their homes, immigrants and refugees, hurricane victims, tenant groups, disadvantaged children, former inmates, and formerly homeless families and individuals. Throughout the year, fellows receive abundant support and formation facilitated by NYSJC staff to help them connect their experiences with their own yearnings and leadings.
We value diversity and welcome applicants of all backgrounds. We offer a year of immersion in a Christian community while also exploring diverse religious traditions through the lens of social and economic justice, learning about living lives of meaning, inspired by world-changing values. Our fellows discern and clarify next steps, and prepare themselves for future work in justice and peace building, graduate school, professional advancement, religious vocations, community organizing, and other endeavors.
Elaine Song, Program Manager