Episcopal Church Young Adult Service Corps: Application open for 2021-2022 placements
Applications are now being accepted for 2021-2022 placements with the Young Adult Service Corps (YASC), the international missionary program of The Episcopal Church. YASC offers Episcopalians ages 21-30 the opportunity to follow the Way of Love into deeper relationship with God and the global Anglican Church while spending a year living and working with communities around the world.
All new YASC placements were suspended in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While there is still uncertainty about where placements may be possible in 2021, the program will accept applications and have its first ever virtual discernment retreat. Using a mixture of pre-recorded video and live Zoom sessions, applicants will be able to learn more about the program, possible placements, and partners around the Anglican Communion.
“COVID-19 and 2020 brought experiences that none of our missionaries, our staff, and our partners had encountered before,” said the Rev. David Copley, director of Global Partnerships and Mission Personnel, and a former missionary in Liberia and Bolivia. “What has been remarkable is the resilience of our Young Adult Service Corps and Episcopal Volunteers in Mission members who have continued to serve in unexpected ways, both in their placement sites or virtually from home. While experiences of the pandemic have been different depending on local context, in many ways the relationships across the Anglican Communion have been strengthened and deepened in the last nine months.”
Traditionally, young adults serve as teachers in church-run schools, work alongside development professionals who seek to empower their local communities and participate in the daily life and ministry of churches and cathedrals around the Anglican Communion.
Elizabeth Boe, mission personnel officer and former YASC volunteer in Tanzania from 2008-2010, anticipates that work will continue alongside new opportunities globally and also a bit closer to home. “As we’ve continued to look for ways to support what our parishes and dioceses are already doing, our office is working with the Dioceses of Arizona, Rio Grande, San Diego, and West Texas to support border missioners in each diocese. We are in conversations about how YASC placements might be part of that ministry.”
“Mission service has always required a strong sense of flexibility,” Boe continued. “2020 has shown us this more than we ever expected. As we look ahead to possibilities for 2021, anyone who’s interested in applying will definitely need to embrace flexibility as we journey through the application, discernment, and placement process together. YASC in 2021 won’t look the same as it has in the past but neither will The Episcopal Church. We see this as an opportunity to live into the Way of Love practice GO (Cross boundaries, listen deeply and live like Jesus.) in creative ways while also continuously monitoring the global COVID-19 situation and being realistic about the feasibility of international travel/placements.”
Additional information, as well as the application form and instructions, for a 2021-2022 placement is available here. The application deadline is Friday, February 19, 2021
For more information contact Boe, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-716-6381.
Additional information about YASC, videos, and blogs are available at episcopalchurch.org/yasc.