Glenn Van Noord Short-Term Urban Missions Program
Please read through the application first (scroll down on this page), before beginning to fill it out. Applications will be considered in the order they are received. Positions are open to Thornapple juniors and seniors in high school as well as college students who regularly attend Thornapple. Those who have participated in the program previously are welcome to apply again, but they will be considered after the deadline. The application period begins each year on March 1 for that summer and ends when the program fills up or by May 1. After reading through the information below, if you have questions, please contact one of the program coordinators: Marny Danz, LV Wynalda or Laurie Guikema.
Important information: It typically takes a student 8 to 10 weeks of the summer in order to complete the required number of hours. Each student must have their own transportation to get to and from work. Students can choose full time (250 hours) or part time (125 hours). They must complete all of their hours to be eligible to receive the stipend. Each student works their schedule out with the supervisor where they work. Typically students can take a week off for a mission trip or family vacation by notifying their supervisor of the dates at the beginning of the summer. At the end of the summer, after students complete their hours, they are required to complete a reflection paper about their experience. Once the student turns in their paper electronically (Word format) to the coordinators, then they will receive a stipend at the rate of no less than $10.00 per hour. Part and full time hours break down as follows:
- 12-15 hours per week if you are part time for a total of 125 hours ($1250 for the summer), or
- 25-31 hours per week if you are full time for a total of 250 hours ($2500 for the summer).
The application and summer process is as follows:
- Each student first completes the online application below (be sure to click submit at the end). The student will receive a confirmation email.
- A coordinator will contact students within 2 weeks of receiving an application to set up an interview.
- The interview will be a time for the coordinators to get to know the student, answer questions, and talk about the various urban ministries where they might want to work.
- The coordinator will set up a time for the student to meet the supervisor at the urban ministry that the student is interested in.
- The student interviews at the organization that they are interested in to confirm that it is a good fit for both the organization and the student.
- Each student must attend the orientation session with the program coordinators the first Sunday in May. This is required.
- Once the placement is set and orientation is complete, then the student communicates with the urban ministry supervisor (where they will be working) about when they will start, hours they want to work and any weeks that they cannot work.
- After the student completes all of the required hours at the end of the summer, they write a reflection paper (one page) describing their experience and what they learned. The paper must be submitted via email to the coordinators.
- Once the hours are complete and the paper is turned in, then the coordinators request the church accountant to make payment of the stipend to the student.