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Volunteer Opportunity

IFYI Staff Mentor

Location: Greater Boston Area

Dates: July 31 – August 7, 2014 (subject to change)



Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI), a program of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, is seeking applications from seminarians, graduate school mentors, and religious leaders for full-time staff positions at our dynamic eight-day exploration of peacemaking, interfaith dialogue, spirituality, service, and leadership training.  IFYI focuses on 5 Core Values:  Building Bridges, Training Leaders, Engaging Faith, Making Peace, and Serving Others. This year’s theme will be “Repairing Our Broken World.”

IFYI is a uniquely powerful and transformative experience designed for teens (ages 15-18), college students, and graduate students serving as mentors and staff.  IFYI offers a powerful mix of community building, workshops, service experiences, and learning trips which will engage urban and suburban realities. Along with our residential immersion experience, IFYI offers ongoing opportunities in the academic year for mentoring, retreats, and support for youth in pursuing their academic and professional dreams.

Participants come from diverse religious backgrounds and grow more deeply in their own faith traditions through dialogue and action with others. Leadership (currently) comes from the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Interfaith, and Unitarian Universalist traditions. All are welcome.

Primary responsibilities:

·       Attend planning meetings as scheduled, including one in-person meeting prior to July 31, 2014 (date TBA).

·       Ideally, obtain a Red Cross CPR and First Aid training, time and date TBA (unless already trained).

·       Work on campus during the duration of the program from early morning Thursday, July 31 through late evening Thursday, August 7 (dates subject to change).  Also, being present on the morning of Friday, August 8 for our final staff meeting and debrief.

·       Attend and be on time for daily meetings during the week with the staff (Staff leaders and Mentors).

·       Help create and maintain a positive, welcoming, pleasant, respectful, safe and transformative community throughout the duration of the week by:

·       Taking the initiative to get to know each student early in the program,

·       Being a presence willing to address the needs of students,

·       Modeling positive behaviors such as going to bed on time, applying active listening, & practicing self care,

·       Overseeing the students in dorms on location, including the maintenance of various Ground Rules (in the Staff Guide to be received).

·       Lead, support, and assist other staff and students during large group activities and off-campus outings.

·       Help with individual consultation and/or spiritual guidance of students.

·       Create, prepare for, and teach/lead or co-lead (with another mentor) one or more workshops in your areas of expertise. 

·       With another mentor plan and lead at least 1 morning “energizer” activity and 1 “morning circle” during the program week.

·       Prepare for and lead an “Affinity Group” consisting of one other mentor and 5-6 students, which will include:

·       Preparing for and facilitating discussions based on our shared experiences, workshops, and city excursions,

·       Being a pastoral presence willing to address the needs of students for the duration of the program,

·       Helping youth in your group to plan and lead one morning or evening “interfaith circle” during the week,

·       Empowering youth in finding their voice on issues of justice and peace, most particularly in the “Interfaith Walk for Justice, Peace, and the Environment.”

·       Lead and co-facilitate afternoon “interest groups” (either music, photo/film, drama, art, dance, or writing/spoken word) in preparation for the closing celebration on the last day of IFYI.  

·       Co-lead (with other mentor and youth) gatherings and/or worship specific to your faith tradition. 

·       Guide your Affinity Group and Interest Group throughout the week in reflecting upon the IFYI theme (“Repairing Our Broken World”) and its meaning both in today’s world and for the participants’ possible future vocations.

·       Help recruit teens for IFYI.


To Apply:

Staff applications involve a recent resume, two references’ contact information, and a letter or email describing your experiences and interests. Staff applications are due by March 1st, 2014. For a full application, please contact Matt Carriker at: Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM), 474 Centre St. Newton, MA 02458, 617-244-3650,, or visit