CHAT Summer Immersion Interns and Residents are afforded a rare opportunity to be developed spiritually and vocationally, discern their calling, and make a real impact.
Interns and Residents are provided housing in the community so that they can practice what it means to “love your neighbor”. They also engage in 40-50 hours of vocational service each week, where they can learn from long-term staff and gain soft-skills. Their gifts, skills and interests are matched with the needs of the community.
Interns and Residents engage in sessions designed to help them grow spiritually, professionally, and personally; they will explore racial reconciliation, the history of the community, poverty and privilege, and other topics through guest speakers, group work, and book study. They will engage their spiritual growth through scripture study, discipleship, and interaction with local church bodies like East End Fellowship.
Interns and Residents join CHAT staff in participating in Partner Development, where they invite friends and family to participate in the work happening in Church Hill through prayer, resources, and financial support, while working together to offset the cost of the internships. Our hope is to create an environment in which young adults can be challenged in what it means to “love God and love others”, and how to apply what they learn in the rest of their lives. Find us on Facebook.
Summer Immersion Interns
Year-long Residents live simply, with a stipend of $1,000 a month (after rent and additional expenses).
Teaching Residents work at Church Hill Academy (high school) or Tiny Tykes Preschool, where they are assigned positions according to skills and school needs, such as leading a resource class or assisting a teacher. After-School Residents work for After-School Programs as Site Assistants, Class Leaders, Youth Fellowship Assistants and/or Project Leaders.
Residents with the Work Leadership Institute help with our youth-run small businesses, and may engage in woodworking, screen printing, or our retail space and cafe. Non-profit Management Residents are integrated into administrative components of ministry, learning the inner-workings of managing an organization in either the operations or development realms. Residents may drive a CHAT bus, assist with extracurricular programs, or mentor a student.
Residents may have the option to continue a second year, offering a higher level of opportunities and leadership as they work with staff to enhance the Resident experience. The year-long residency is sponsored by the Wheless Family Stewardship Fund, which provides sponsorships and engages on program development and improvement throughout the year.
Role descriptions can be found here.
It is with great excitement we share that this summer we transition from CHAT’s summer internship program to Intervarsity’s Richmond Justice Program. Richmond Justice Program’s summer internship "gives students an immersive experience of living out their values by sending them in teams to intern with community-based organizations that address the social issues of the city”, while “receiving teaching from a Christian perspective on the biblical values of service, justice, and compassion, as well as receiving regular training in leadership, teamwork, and decision-making.”
What does this mean for CHAT? In many ways, things will look familiar; our youth will still be served well in our Summer Day Camps, and young adults will still be challenged to learn how to love and serve neighborhoods like our well. However, Intervarsity’s robust resources, experienced staff, and proven-results will lead to a more powerful experience for each young adult coming to serve. More importantly, that enhanced teaching, equipping, and support will positively impact the experience of our youth.