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Still Dreaming

I found myself at a MLK rally, tears welling up in my eyes as the speaker lamented over the racial injustice present in the Philadelphia school systems. While state funding for education is supposed to help bring equality in district resources, Pennsylvania ranks the worst in allocating state funds to schools – widening the gap Read More

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2017

Happy New Year! We look forward to blogging and reading more in 2018. Here are, in no particular order, five of our top blog posts of 2017. — “The old me would have been afraid to question my thoughts and actions and probably would have ignored my feelings on the inside. My awareness would have Read More

Worship

You know when you first received the 8-pack of Crayola Crayons and that box had the simple colors in it: red, blue, pink, green, yellow, orange, black, and brown? Then you got the 64 pack of crayons and instead of having simple colors, you now have six different shades of pink: Hot pink, Carnation pink, Read More

Be Real

Before this Mission Year started my overall goal was to be an authentic leader. When I thought of an authentic leader I thought of someone who was aware of their gifts and worked in them, humble enough to accept and acknowledge weaknesses and fears, unwavering in beliefs regardless of the circumstance, and spoke their true Read More

“Are the Holes Just a Style Thing?”

There’s a house on the corner of our block that always has a calico cat sitting on the porch. I first noticed it one fateful night when I had sprinted barefoot out of our door after my housemate, Luke, who was taking our recently captured house mouse to be released into the wild. I had my reservations Read More

Awareness and Privilege

As we have begun to sink into our monthly schedule and are finally able to catch our breath, my housemates and I have been able to get acclimated within our neighborhood and service sites. While we have been meeting and establishing more relationships with those around us, we are starting to find that the things Read More

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

During our first week in Houston, TX we received local orientation which involved hearing lectures from nonprofit managers and community activists. One such lecture was about the work that Black Lives Matter Houston is doing and how we can get involved in it. Because Hurricane Harvey had devastated the city just two weeks prior to Read More

Lessons From A First Grader

I have taken up residency in the Windy City and Mission Year has finally materialized. Before I dive into what it’s like being here, y’all need context. So let’s get some of the logistics out of the way first. 1. I live in Southside Chicago (West Englewood) in an apartment with nine people…And I love Read More

Expanding the Boundaries of “Family”

The beginning of this past June marked by my fourth and final “Come & See” weekend as a team member of Mission Year. These weekends create space for the family and friends we have from home to come join in on a weekend here in the city and share in the lives we have created Read More

Philadelphia

These last two weeks have been some of the longest in my life – but not in a bad way. Upon arriving in Chicago for national orientation, I quickly realized I was surrounded by people who, like me, are passionate about following Jesus’ example of loving others in the inner city. While I met many Read More

Why I’m Doing Mission Year: Jelenny Martinez

I have thought about why I’m doing Mission Year nearly everyday since I committed to the program several months ago. On my application I wrote about me wanting to get out of my comfort zone and grow from God using me to do good works. And that is still true. Like most people, it took Read More

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