Any youth who would like to apply to serve on Youth Team for the 2018 Discovery Retreats need to apply by March 31, 2017.
A group of adults and youth ministers will be reviewing all applications and building teams for each of our three Discovery Retreats for 2017-18. The application will help us in our decision process. There are several essay questions in the survey, so please be sure to prepare thoughtful responses to these questions (see details below).
Who are the Youth Team Members?
Youth Team Members are youth who made a Discovery Retreat within the last three years who would like to return in a role of servant leadership. Youth Team Members are the people who directly minister to the participants during the weekend. The adults and coordinators are there in a supporting role.
What is the role of a Youth Team Member?
The Peer Leaders serve in various ways throughout the retreat. Their main role is to sit at table with the retreat participants and help lead small group discussions. Peer Leaders will also have the opportunity to give a talk and/or lead a prayer service.
What talks do the Youth Team Members give?
Part of serving on Youth Team includes the opportunity to give a talk during the retreat. Not every team member will give a talk, but all applicants will be asked to consider which talk they would be open to working on. Below are the descriptions of 5 talks given by Youth Team Members.
This talk challenges participants to start looking at themselves: what interests, qualities, skills, and values make up the person they are and the person they are becoming. This talk helps each participant recognize his/her uniqueness and individuality that makes them who they are, but it also begins to discuss the challenges of truly recognizing and looking deeply into themselves.
WITNESS: This talk includes a personal witness about your own self-discovery.
This talk builds upon the first talk and helps participants realize that we are all connected to a larger community that helps us with Discovering Self. The people in our lives (especially friends and family) impact us and can help shape us into the men and women God created us to be.
WITNESS: This talk includes a personal witness about someone in your life who has been Christ for you and has helped shape you into the person you are today.
PERSON OF JESUS I
This talk is to be used as an introduction of the person of Jesus to the participants. Concrete examples should be shown of how you have come to know Jesus. The peer giving this talk should give personal experiences of how he/she discovered Jesus in their lives. Finally, the peer should show passages from the Gospels that describes the person of Jesus. Your personal experiences should help them realize Jesus in their lives and how being close to Jesus can benefit them as individuals.
This talk aims to look at the times when we do things to mar our relationship with Jesus. It is important to know that God is always willing to forgive us anytime, for anything. We just need to ask. Likewise, even though it’s hard, we need to forgive those who hurt us.
WITNESS: This talk includes a personal witness about a time in your life when you were forgiven by God, possibly a powerful experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The purpose of this talk is to assist the participants in considering their obligation to others. They have been led on a journey of Discovery and should now understand that each one of them is a visible expression of the invisible God. This talk challenges the participants to put their faith into action.
WITNESS: This talk includes a personal witness about an experience of community (good or bad). It should reflect on your responsibilities to the community and how you either fulfilled or ignored those commitments as well as the outcome.
Who is the Youth Coordinator?
The Youth Coordinator (YC) is a youth who has been a peer leader for at least one year on the Discovery retreat and has exhibited an exceptional ability to lead the retreat program. This person is the primary facilitator at the retreat weekend, spending most of the time in front of the participants. He/she needs to be fully aware of the content of the entire retreat and ready to fill in if someone cannot complete their assignment.
Anyone interested in applying to be Youth Coordinator will need to answer the following questions:
- Have you had experience leading peers before? Please describe the activity.
- Through roles of leadership, what have you learned about yourself? What are your strengths and weaknesses as a leader? (200-300 words)
Application Essay Questions
All applicants will be asked to give a 200- to 300-word response to the following questions.
- Please reflect on why you want to serve as a Youth Team Member for the 2017-18 Discovery Retreats. What gifts will you bring to this role of servant leadership? What do you think will be challenging about this role?
- What did you learn on your Discovery weekend? How has that impacted your life?
- How are you currently involved in your Catholic faith? In your local parish community?
Apply today! All applications for Youth Team for 2017-18 should be received by March 31, 2017. Decisions regarding the teams will be communicated to all applicants by May 31, 2017.
For more information, please contact the Office for Evangelization at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-622-5159.