Every year for the past 3 we have hired summer interns to not only help with our summer camp, but to learn more about urban poverty and how christian community plays a role in rebuilding the kingdom in these neighborhoods. The time when the interns are here is always my favorite part of the year and we can’t wait to see who God sends us this year. The internship is reserved for college students and has a time commitment of a little over 7 weeks. If you or anyone you know is interested in the internship then read more about it below and fill out an application at the bottom. We will be taking applications for the month of February and start the interviews and hiring in March.
Information for Interns
As an intern for A House on Beekman your primary role will be with our summer camp. Camp consists of 100 children and is split into 8 different groups usually based on age. The age groups run from kindergarten through 5th grade and the intern’s job is to be the group leader for one of these groups for the whole summer. Your daily routine will be to guide the groups to different activities throughout the day. Each week a new set of mission teams will come to assist with the different activities and will act as support for you and your group. Camp will start around 9:00 and end around 4:30 M-F. The main job of the interns is to consistently love the children of our neighborhood.
Bible, games, service, arts, crafts, math, brain builders
What you need to know:
- Interns are required to be here June 20th- Aug 7th
(2 weeks of prep and 1 week of cleanup)
- Dates of actual camp is July 7th – Aug 1st
- Housing is provided (kitchen, bathroom included)
- Breakfast and lunch included as we will eat these meals at camp
- You will need to raise support, as this is not a paid internship.
(We will suggest an appropriate amount and help you with the idea of fundraising and any literature or presentation materials you may need)
Most importantly, we want you to love our kids in a way they have never experienced before. A love that shows grace and humility. It is also very important to us that this summer consists of spiritual growth in your life as well. We will spend time with God together daily and be challenged in what it means to be a follower of Christ in a forgotten neighborhood.
Apply for the internship here:
If you have any questions email email@example.com
Mommy and Me has resumed with a bang this new year! We have loved being in our permanent space-the moms have a spacious, comfortable area where they can discuss parenting topics and encourage one another. Our children have an incredible play space, outfitted with age-appropriate toys, books and supplies.
But the best part of our new year has definitely been seeing the leaps and bounds growth in our 2-4 year olds! We have established routines that we expected would take quite a while for the children to remember…things like putting all their belongings in their cubbies when they arrive, sitting for circle time, staying in their chair for the entirety of lunch time…these are big skills for such little people. But not only have our kids remembered these new routines each day, they are also blowing us away with their excitement about remembering colors and shapes, recognizing letters and numbers, devouring books, and becoming great sharers! They help one another, cheerfully sing the “Clean Up” song when it’s time to transition, and tell their moms about all their activities when it’s time to go home. We are so proud of our future preschoolers!
This past Friday marked the first full week of conducting after-school in our new space. We spent much of the week re-learning some of our structures and routines (breaks tend to make these a little rusty). We also found ourselves reflecting a lot on the fact that we are a community. Something about having our own new “home” really highlighted this. The way we have come to define community to the kids is a group of people who are pursuing the same goals together. For our little after-school community, the goals are that after-school would be a place where everyone feels safe and loved, is able to learn and grow smarter and more independent and where we are able to have a lot of fun together.
On Friday, to prepare for our first worship time together in the new building, we did a special activity. Each child wrote their name on a colorful piece of paper. We explained to them that God wants us to encourage and build each other up. There are things we can say to tear each other down, make each other feel small, but there are things we can say and do to help each other see all the beautiful things God put in us. Sitting in circles with their groups, the kids passed their papers one by one around their circle. Each child had an opportunity to write something kind and encouraging on their group-mates’ papers. We were of course a little nervous that the activity might devolve into writing silly put-downs, but it did not go this way at all. The kids eagerly wrote encouragements on each page. The younger ones clambered for their leader’s help–”How do you spell “nice?” ”How do I write “smart?”
After all the sheets had made their way around the circles, each child sat, carefully reading their encouragements with bashful smiles on their faces. We can talk about community all day long, but I have a feeling that this experience of giving and receiving encouraging words from each other did more to help them understand it than any lecture ever could.
The kids had so many kind, encouraging things to say to each other!
At the end of our year end video we invited you to join us for another year. Here’s 3 ways you can do that right now…
1. Buy something off of our Amazon wish list to meet some of our current material needs. http://amzn.com/w/2T8FZ838MCPOA
2. Help us raise $50,000 before December 31st to meet our year end goal by making a one time donation. Just click on the “give” tab.
3. Help up accomplish our goals for next year by signing up for recurring giving by clicking on the “give” tab and following the instructions.
Hey! It’s the holidays and A House on Beekman has made our list and checked it twice! Check out our Amazon wish list to find things we need for 2014 and gifts we plan to give to our kids for Christmas. http://amzn.com/w/2T8FZ838MCPOA. Thank you!!!