Summer Program

The Summer Program was the first, and is the largest, program of stepping stones. This program revolutionized the former summer staffing system of Fair Havens Ministries into an intentional discipleship tool. Today the Summer Program involves approximately 90 youth and young adults between the ages of 15-25, split into 6 enrollment levels (Coordinator, CORE, Frontline+, Frontline, STAND, SIT).

In the summer program stepping stones students will be able to apply for a wide variety of service opportunities including: Food Services (Kitchen & Dining Room), Housekeeping, Maintenance/Custodial, Children's Ministry, Skills Instructing, Teen Ministry, Lifeguarding and more. Some participants (depending on their enrollment level) receive an honorarium. Please read the Application Kit for more information.

  

Enrollment Levels

Coordinators (20+ yrs)

The Coordinators are a group of mature young adult leaders who play a very large leadership role at Fair Havens Ministries within Departments and overseeing our Stepping Stones Program. They are all trusted with positions of great leadership, supervision and responsibility.  Each member will have the opportunity to participate in the Interview Process (Feb-Apr) if hired earlier in the season, as well as the Spring Crew and Summer community experience.  The focus for the COORD team is leadership as well as continuing to draw closer to Christ and developing practical and transferable ministry skills. Coordinators will be leading younger stepping stones staff through small groups, large group sessions and daily living as well as meeting together as coordinators for support and personal growth. The rewards are great as each team member enjoys the benefits of developing close ties with a small group of peers and the year-round staff of Fair Haven Ministries. Coordinators must be available for spring where they will use the time to plan and prepare for the current and upcoming events/programs. All Coordinators must be available for Spring Crew. 

Honorarium: Coordinators will receive an honorarium (refer to application kit)

Contract: 18 weeks: Spring Crew April 28 – June 24; Summer (June 25-Aug 31)

CORE Team (19+ yrs) Born 2000

The CORE team of student leaders play a very important role with Fair Havens Ministries.  They are all trusted with positions of leadership and responsibility.  As part of the CORE team, each member will have the opportunity to take part in the Spring Crew experience. It is during this time that the majority of CORE training will occur.  The focus for the CORE team is drawing closer to Christ and developing practical and transferable ministry skills, including a great deal of leadership training. CORE staff will learn through small groups, special speakers, large group sessions and more. During Spring Crew staff will experience a variety of service opportunities.  Flexibility and an eagerness to work as a team is a requirement for our students during these months.  The rewards are great as each team member enjoys the benefits of developing close ties with a small group of peers and the year-round staff of Fair Haven Ministries. CORE team members need to be willing to work in any of the Spring Crew roles, therefore all CORE students must be available for Spring Crew.

Honorarium: CORE team members will receive honorarium + volunteer hours (refer to application kit)

Contract: 18 weeks: Spring Crew April 28 – June 24; Summer (June 25-Aug 31)

Frontline+ (18+ yrs) Born 2001

The Frontline+ experience places youth on the front lines of Christian service. Frontline+ students are completing Grade 12. The roles will be confirmed by the specific departments. These students play a critical role in serving our guests and gives them excellent, practical ministry experience.

One of the focuses of the Frontline+ program is to develop youth, who are already demonstrating leadership potential, to keep growing strong once they leave home and move out to college or university by developing their leadership abilities. Participants will be shown the importance of finding Christian community and be encouraged to seek opportunities for spiritual growth. To keep Christ alive in your day-to-day life is a key goal for a student applying to this position.

Honorarium: Frontline+ will receive honorarium + volunteer hours (refer to application kit)

Contract: 10 Weeks: Orientation Weekend (May 17-20) Summer (June 25-Aug 31)

Frontline (17+ yrs) Born 2002

The Frontline experience places youth on the front lines of Christian service. These students play a critical role in serving our guests and it gives them excellent, practical ministry experience. In many departments it is the Frontline student who spends the majority of their time in contact with guests, giving them a huge opportunity to make an impact on their stay at Fair Havens. Frontlines build on what has been learned as a STAND.

Participants will be shown the importance of finding Christian community and be encouraged to seek opportunities for spiritual growth.

Honorarium: Frontlines will receive honorarium + volunteer hours (refer to application kit)

Contract: 10 Weeks: Orientation Weekend (May 17-20) Summer (June 25-Aug 31)

STAND (16 yrs) Born 2003

The STAND (Servants Trained And Now Doing) program seeks to build each participant up into active servant leaders. Through Bible studies, service roles, and activities STANDs will learn more about God, how to practically show God’s love to those around them, and reflect Christ through the way God uniquely made them. Each person will be challenged to step out of their comfort zone, put their faith into practice in new ways, all the while having the encouraging support of leaders and peers. STANDs can use hours spent in their service placements towards meeting their required high school volunteer hours.

STAND builds on what youth learned through the SIT program.

Honorarium: STANDs will receive honorarium + volunteer hours (refer to application kit)

Contract: 10 Weeks: Orientation Weekend (May 17-20) Summer (June 25-Aug 31)

SIT (15 yrs) Born 2004

The SIT (Servants In Training) program involves an exciting mix of meaningful service and instructor-led training. This summer long experience is an opportunity for a young person to grow deeper in their faith and learn to be part of a ministry team. The SIT program focuses on giving each participant a solid foundation in their knowledge of God, their work ethic, and their need for Christian community. This is done through instructor led Bible studies and group sessions, demanding and encouraging service roles, and living in a place dedicated to helping each other mature in Christ. This volunteer experience is for those that want to make an impact for Christ wherever God may place them. SITs can use hours spent in their service placements towards meeting their required high school volunteer hours.

Honorarium: SITs do not receive honorarium during their 8-week contract. Volunteer hours are given (refer to application kit)

Contract: 8 Weeks: Orientation Weekend (May 17-20) Summer (June 25-Aug 31)

 

* Selected individuals will be invited to participate an extra two weeks for $50/week, based on performance and department need.