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Empowering a generation of changemakers through service.
Jubilee’s Urban Service Program is a Year of Service fellowship offering a unique, diverse corps of young adults the opportunity and space to grow personally and professionally while uplifting communities, transforming lives, and critically engaging concepts of justice and equity.
We are one of the longest continuously serving year of service programs in the nation. Our staff makes it a priority to compile a diverse, unique group of young adults each year to represent our program.
We’re looking for applicants who:
Who we are
Founded in 1991, Jubilee’s Urban Service Programs are committed to providing young adults with the opportunity to engage social issues through direct service while enjoying a supportive space to grow and learn through engagement with unique, diverse voices, ideas, and experiences that will challenge and empower them. Through this year of service and intentional community, our program equips young adults with the experience and skills needed to become change leaders for the future.
How we serve
Each fall, we recruit our corps from across the United States to live in community and work for change by serving full-time in some of Los Angeles’ most creative and effective social service agencies. These agencies provide corps members with meaningful engagement opportunities in exploring the problems of and possible solutions to social injustice in a city that is full of great beauty and rich culture – as well as great poverty and need.
Our Jubilee Urban Intern Program (JUIP) focuses on personal and professional development while exploring and advocating for Social Justice in service sites across LA. Our Episcopal Urban Intern Program (EUIP) cohort serve at the same sites and in the same capacities while also studying and exploring the intersection of Social Justice with one’s Faith/Spiritual Life.
These programs are very much two sides of the same Urban Service experience.
JUIP is an opportunity for young adults to spend a year in national service, developing both personally and professionally, and exploring social justice while receiving first-hand experience in advocacy and leadership.The EUIP cohort is specifically designed for urban interns seeking to explore the ways that their faith and/or spirituality connects with the concepts of social justice and intentional service. EUIs participate in additional spiritual practices and studies and work closely with the EUI chaplain. Though EUIP is partnered with and rooted in the Episcopal tradition, we accept, embrace, and encourage people of all faiths and religious backgrounds to participate. JUIs are always welcome to join in with any or all of the additional EUI activities as they feel comfortable.
This year of service is one of personal and professional development, and through EUIP, can also be an opportunity for spiritual growth and exploration.
All EUI and JUI home communities are partnered with Episcopal Parishes near their program housing. The leaders and parishioners of these churches help to make the year of service possible through their generous support. JUI and EUI corps members are expected to participate within the life of these parishes through a number of service projects (both faith and non-faith based).
Our Partner Parishes are:
How we live
Our corps members commit to a year of living in intentional community. This entails developing relationships as a service corps and also as smaller home communities in Jubilee houses in different parts of Los Angeles.
We live together, learn together, eat together, play together, serve together, and enjoy all that Los Angeles has to offer together.
In addition, EUIs and JUIs commit to a year of living simply. As our corps members serve the community, they learn to live within simple means much like the individuals they serve.
Our program provides:
Why Los Angeles?
Los Angeles is a city in desperate need of service-oriented support. A high rate of poverty as well as a lack of opportunity and accessibility of resources make the city an important location for those concerned with social justice. Coming to Los Angeles as part of our Urban Service Programs provides an opportunity to affect real change both in communities of need and within oneself.
As the longest continuously operating year of service program in the Episcopal Service Corps, our program has the infrastructure and network necessary to ensure that our corps experience both. Our alumni have gone on to serve as valued staff at countless non-profits, service agencies, businesses, and churches across the United States.
Beyond this … It’s Southern California! We have perfect weather almost every day. We have Hollywood Stars , Santa Monica Beaches, the Pacific Coast, and much more! Los Angeles is only a short drive away from San Diego, Santa Barbara, and San Francisco. We have sun and surf, untamed landscape and urban centers. Los Angeles is a center of Art and Culture and an amazing city in which to serve, learn, grow, and have fun!
Los Angeles is the place to be and national service with our Urban Service Programs is the opportunity of a lifetime…so the question shouldn’t be ‘Why Los Angeles,’ it’s ‘What are you waiting for?’
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