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Urban Projects Consultation 2010

Urban Projects Consultation 2010

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  • Hi, I’m Katherine and I’m the administrator for the Los Angeles Urban Project. (click)
  • The Los Angeles Urban Project is a 6 week program that begins in late June and finishes in early August. (click) For the past few years, our interns have come from Southern California and Bay Area universities and colleges. We’ve also had interns from Iowa and Oregon join us. (click) Interns are placed onto teams, usually by school, and assigned to sites in the Los Angeles and Orange Counties. (click) We have made a conscious decision to partner with established churches, local ministries, and non-profit agencies that are working year-round in order to be aware of what God is already doing in the community. It is our hope that as we intentionally submit ourselves to the leadership of those already working in these areas, that we might be of service to those we work with and serve those in need. (click)
  • We have a simple leadership structure. (click) Kevin Blue is our Director and has been for the last several years. He directly supervises (click) the Assistant Directors and myself, the administrator. Kevin and I are the only year-round staff. Ideally, we try to have one AD for each area that we’re in. We have two standing assistant directors who have been a part of the program for many years; the other positions are filled by campus or other IV staff. The AD’s in turn supervise the (click) Assistant Site Coordinators (ASC’s). In the past ASC’s have been recent graduates or campus staff sent with their schools. The ASC’s are highlighted here because in addition to being part of the program, they automatically get to attend the Leadership School of LAUP. I will explain that in just a moment. The ASC’s then supervise the (click) interns. There is often one or two ASC’s per team and each team can have from 2 to 7 interns. (click)
  • (click) As you can see, we have three guiding directives for the program that is entwined in the teaching: (click) love for the poor (click), racial reconciliation (click), and prayer and spiritual warfare (click). Leadership school is highlighted because it is something that we do for the site leaders. The directors meet weekly with the assistant site coordinators as a group during which there is teaching about how to be a good leader. Past topics have included A & B type leadership styles and a survey of Moses as a leader. (click)
  • (click) There are five areas that we have had sites in. (click) Pasadena (click) Metro East Los Angeles (click) South Los Angeles (click) Long Beach (click) Orange County (click)
  • (click) We generally have 3-4 sites in each area, and one team per site. To give you an idea of the type of sites that we partner with, I will highlight one site in each area. (click) (click) The first is Pasadena. Here we have a longstanding partnership with the Harambee Family Center which was founded by John Perkins in the early 80’s. Our interns serve the first through 12 th graders in this african-american and latino neighborhood by preparing and teaching lessons in reading, writing and math. They are also involved with the work program where they act as mentors and supervisors while offering job training, life skills, and Bible studies to junior high youth. (click) (click) The second is Metro East Los Angeles, with sites in Chinatown and Lincoln Heights. One of our directors founded the Lincoln Heights Tutorial Project many years ago that has transformed the predominately Latino and Asian neighborhood of Lincoln Heights. Our interns serve by creating a place to keep the kids off of the street; they aid the children in completing their homework, challenged them in math and reading, and relationally bond with them. They also help with various work projects and organize and run joint field trips with other agencies in the area. (click) (click) We have sites in South Los Angeles. We have partnered for many year with People Assisting the Homeless, or PATH. PATH is a comprehensive organization meeting the needs of the homeless population. They have networked several organizations offering different services into a mall-like setting, giving access to various services from a beauty salon to legal aide. Interns assist the PATH staff with duties like intake assessment, tutoring in computer skills, and various administrative duties. They also join in the outreach team to offer food and clothing to people on the streets. (click) (click) This year we partnered with Fountain of Life covenant church in LB, which is a church plant pastored by John Teter. (click) (click) Our last area is down south in Orange County. We have many years of partnership with the Catholic Worker and the Orange County Congregation Community Organization. Catholic Worker is a homeless ministry providing shelter to as many as 120 adults per night. The interns live on site and learn to live alongside the homeless and those dedicating their lives to this service. The Orange County Congregation Community Organization does grassroots community organizing; our interns work alongside the staff members with the daily activities of agency and assist in numerous ways, such as aiding in research projects. (click) (click)
  • Our program consists of (click) scripture study, which interns study as a team or sometimes by area. We also have (click) large group gatherings once a week where the whole program comes together to worship, testify, and receive teaching. There are also (click) video nights and (click) readings & discussions to bolster the teaching that they are receiving at large group. These can be held as a team or by area as per the AD’s discretion. (click) And all of our interns work 30-40 hours on site. (click)
  • (click) Our project curriculum is divided up by week. (click) Week 0 is when the ASC’s and AD arrive into town and receive training and orientation to the program. (click) Week one is Orientation and begins when the interns arrive on Sunday. The interns move into their housing and start to bond as a team. They also receive teachings about the city and often go on a walking and driving tour of their area. (click) Weeks 2 through (click) 6 they are on site working and receiving teaching on the topics that you see. There is an all day Amos dig-in during Saturday of week 4. Week 6 is when we help the interns start to think about how to apply what they have learned at LAUP back at their campuses and after they graduate. In the past we have invited alumni to speak to the interns about how they have pursued justice in their respective fields of law, medicine, education, and ministry. We also have a special session for graduating seniors to talk about life post college and we introduce organizations such as Servant Partners with whom they can pursue urban work further. I will talk a little later about Servant Partners about how they fit in with LAUP. And then the interns go home and we have our (click) Leadership retreat. (click)
  • (click) if you’ll notice, week 0 and week 7 are highlighted because they are only for the leadership team consisting of the directors and the ASC’s. It looks like the program is 8 weeks long, but is actually only 6 for the interns and 7 for the leaders. (click)
  • There were 3 highlights from this past LAUP: (click) increased love for the poor, (click) commitment to incarnational urban poor work, and (click) personal lifestyle. (click) The one that I will speak about most is the commitment to incarnational urban poor work. In the past we have seen many healings, people come to know Christ and other signs of God’s power. But this year, it was very quiet. However, what God did do was stir in the interns a real commitment to incarnational poor work. In the last week of the program we had a time of story-telling with the Global Urban Trek, during which we decided to have a time of commitment for those who sensed God was leading them into a ministry among the urban poor either in the States or abroad. We were surprised when 47 out of the 72 in the program stood up to receive prayer for God’s protection and strengthening in that call. Along with the other ministry, over 70 people have received some clarity and direction in this way from God. Along with these, 16 other LAUP students had this sense of calling but were unclear about their role. Even given our best years of the past, this was an overwhelming response that God stirred up. Praise God. (click)
  • The one that I will speak about is (click) the commitment to incarnational urban poor work. In the past we have seen many healings, people come to know Christ and other signs of God’s power. But this year, it was very quiet. However, what God did do was stir in the interns a real commitment to incarnational poor work. In the last week of the program we had a time of story-telling with the Global Urban Trek, during which we decided to have a time of commitment for those who sensed God was leading them into a ministry among the urban poor either in the States or abroad. We were surprised when 47 out of the 72 in the program stood up to receive prayer for God’s protection and strengthening in that call. Along with the other ministry, over 70 people have received some clarity and direction in this way from God. Along with these, 16 other LAUP students had this sense of calling but were unclear about their role. Even given our best years of the past, this was an overwhelming response that God stirred up. Praise God. (click)
  • Which brings me to Servant Partners. (click) In addition to being the administrator for LAUP, I also have the dual role of internships administrator for Servant Partners where Kevin is the Director of the Internships Department. I mentioned SP before as an organization that we introduce and recommend to our graduating seniors (and sometimes staff) as a next step in their pursuit of urban ministry. Servant Partners is a holistic church-planting ministry among the urban poor domestically and internationally. If a plunge is Justice 101 and an Urban Project like LAUP is Justice 201, then the 22-month domestic Internship is Justice 301. I have a short presentation of who it is that Servant Partners serves amongst and what the internship is. So that was just a brief introduction to Servant Partners and the internship. As we have several days together, I would love to talk to you about any questions you may have about the Los Angeles Urban Project. I also am available to talk further about the work that Servant Partners does and your role in it, either as staff or intern. As we are always looking for staff and the internship is available to anyone, do keep us in mind when you talk to students or other staff who are in transition. For your convenience, I have brought some documentation to take with you to peruse at your convenience. Thank you for being such a great audience.

Transcript

  • 1. Los Angeles Urban Project (LAUP)
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  • 5. Leadership Structure Director Assistant Directors (AD) Administrator Assistant Site Coordinators (ASC) Interns
  • 6.  
  • 7. Directives
    • Love for the poor
    • Racial Reconciliation
    • Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
    • Leadership School
  • 8. Site Locations
    • 5 areas
      • Pasadena
      • Metro East L.A.
      • South L.A.
      • Long Beach
      • Orange Co.
  • 9. Site Locations
    • Pasadena
      • Harambee Family Center
    • Metro East L.A.
      • Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program
    • South L.A.
      • People Assisting the Homeless (PATH)
    • Long Beach
      • Fountain of Life Family Center
    • Orange Co.
      • Catholic Worker
      • Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO)
  • 10. Program Components
    • Scripture Study
    • Large group gatherings
    • Video nights
    • Readings & discussions
    • Work on-site
  • 11. Project Curriculum
    • Week 6: Back to Campus
    • Week 7: Leadership Retreat
    • Week 2: Prayer & Spiritual Warfare
    • Week 3: Culture, Race & Class in America
    • Week 4: Amos Study
    • Week 5: The Face of Poverty
    • Week 0: Leadership Training and Preparation
    • Week 1: Orientation
  • 12. Project Curriculum
    • Week 6: Back to Campus
    • Week 7: Leadership Retreat
    • Week 2: Prayer & Spiritual Warfare
    • Week 3: Culture, Race & Class in America
    • Week 4: Amos Study
    • Week 5: The Face of Poverty
    • Week 0: Leadership Training and Preparation
    • Week 1: Orientation
  • 13. Themes from LAUP 2007
    • Love for the Poor
    • Commitment to Incarnational Urban Poor Work
    • Personal Lifestyle
  • 14. Highlights from LAUP 2007
    • Love for the Poor
    • Commitment to Incarnational Urban Poor Work
    • Personal Lifestyle
  • 15. Incarnational, holistic church-planting ministry amongst the urban poor.