Welcome! This page is provided as an accompanying resource to our presentation, Engaging the Faith Community, at the September, 2016, National College Access Network Conference in Detroit Michigan.
Here are a few of our favorite resources compiled for those interested in exploring or developing a partnership with a faith-affiliate. It is by no means complete or even representative. We welcome your comments and suggestions, and will be adding more as we come across them and find them to be useful.
- Please check out our program, Kid City Hope Place, which provides college access and completion support; as well as the programs of our Seeds of Hope grantees, all of which include a focus on youth development and college access in their work. With several hundred Methodist Churches in the Los Angeles area alone, we plan to continue building our network of support for first generation and other underrepresented college students in need of support.
- Partner access programs: Previous Urban Foundation grantees, including Holman Community Development Corp., which has a growing employment program and an annual fair of historically black colleges and universities; and Asian-Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, and their youth leadership and college access programs partner with Kid City to serve students.
- Campus ministries: UCLA’s 580 Cafe is a great example of a campus ministry partnership with local Episcopal and Methodist churches. The 580 Cafe is welcoming and non-judgemental and provides meals and respite for students. Video introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpvtVqKqnxQ&app=desktop
- Internships! In Los Angeles, the Urban Foundation has a summer internship program, modeled after the Episcopal Urban Internships, also in Los Angeles. There are likely more such programs offered by other faiths and denominations in other locations around the country.
- MoyoLiving is a "spiritually minded community for those looking to engage with global issues." This free, resource with suggestions for reflection, and action on emerging issues was developed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
- A Guide to College Access and Completion from the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships from the Federal Dept. of Education, may be useful for local churches, as well as college access and completion programs hoping to partner with a local faith institution. Careful though, it is 2015 and some information may soon be out of date.
- The Prophetic Voice and Making Peace: Written by campus ministers and college and university chaplains, this book of essays "convey the belief that young people, and especially college students, are given gifts of life when they are presented with the opportunity to be heard, to make a difference, and to bring peace to their world. The essays cover five key topics for campus life: ecology and environmental ethics; interreligious understanding and dialogue; systemic and interpersonal racism; sexual ethics; and Christian vocation."