Brady Faith Center


404 South Ave.
Syracuse , NY 13204
New York

Site Housing: 
For local students only they can live at home. If accommodation is needed, the Notre Dame Club will provide accommodations.

Gender Requirement: 
Either Gender

Driver's License Required: 
License Required for VBS

Student Minimum Age: 
No legal age requirement

Language Requirement: 
Not Required

At least one of the students will need to provide a vehicle and the students will carpool

Site Dates: 
6/20/22 - 8/12/22

Social Issues: 
Hunger Issues

Brady Faith Center


Site Description: 

The Brady Faith Center serves as an 'Oasis of Peace, Hope and Justice' in the city of Syracuse and its surrounding suburbs. We are a mission of the Syracuse Diocese, striving to meet the spiritual, educational and social needs of individuals and families in Syracuse's Southwest Community. We do this primarily through our presence, being with each other in kinship relationships as well as through our 20 diverse and creative ministries that reach out to the marginalized in our community. Two of our central summer programs are Vacation Bible School and the Farm. We would like to welcome two students to work in these two sites.

Our Summer Program (VBS) Vacation Bible School provides a safe place for youth during the summer and a variety of programs for children ages 5 through 12 as part of an effort to provide a comprehensive learning environment in the summer for local children. It is not the standard one week VBS program. Our VBS program is an extensive five week urban summer enrichment program for about 25-30 children and 8 teens in the neighborhood. In the morning there are 3 stations that they participate in: Bible and faith stories and lessons, crafts, and outdoor games incorporated with faith aspects. In the afternoon they go on fun and educational field trips, work on nature based projects, and play.

The Brady Urban Farm is woven into the fabric of the community and provides nutritious foods, employment, and education while nourishing the body, mind and spirit of our neighbors. The Brady Farm is 5.8 acre farm which is going into its 7th season. The purpose is helping families and individuals to access to fresh produce and learn how to grow it and use it themselves. We welcome neighbors and we outreach to dozens of groups and organizations who come to have a variety of experiences at the Farm.

Additional opportunities for the student who joins the Brady Faith Center summer staff exist to learn about and participate in our Pedals to Possibilities and Feet on the Street and the Brady Market programs. Pedal to Possibilities is an innovative program that encourages program participants to take control of their own fitness and well being by committing to regular bike excursions. Participants from the neighborhood join Brady staff and volunteers for bike rides three times per week. Feet on the Street means simply walking with another staff, two by two, to visit neighbors and Brady families in the spaces where they live. The Brady Market is our newest program and like the Brady Farm is its own program and site. The SSLP student could assist for a few hours the first two weeks before VBS begins to support the ongoing business of marketing and PR or sales for the market at the discretion of the director.

Student Responsibilities:
The students will work in the following capacities:
1. One student will serve as a lead staff member in our Vacation Bible School, leading in an area of their strength either Bible stories, outdoor sports and games, or arts and crafts 20 hours per week.
2. One student will support our Farm Team with community education and farm based event. The student placed at the Brady Farm will be engaged in the work of the farm with a focus on community education for our visiting youth and adults. This person will support community outreach events and activities at the Farm. For the first two weeks there will be opportunities to explore Brady work by volunteering at the Drop-In and Pedal to Possibilities Bicycle Program and possibly assisting our Retreat Coordinator a few hours for the two week High-School Immersion Service Camp, Summer Servants.

Jacquelyn Gesbocker ( )
Samuel DeLaPaz ( )
Shannon Celeste ( )

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