Students Living A Mission
Nashville is SLAM’s home. So naturally, our most expansive service opportunities are those in-roads that we have made to love our neighbors on a daily basis. From the elderly who need help with housework to young kids who simply need something to do to immigrants and refugees trying to navigate their new home, SLAM students will be challenged to use their energy to serve.
The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
Through our service projects, youth become aware of the needs that exist for the impoverished and marginalized in the U.S. Aided by discussion by our facilitators and daily Bible study and worship times, volunteers gain awareness of what capacity they have to help do for those who cannot do for themselves. Youth will get a taste of what it means to live a mission, wherever they are. The mission is following Jesus and living their life in imitation of him!
Nashville Service Weeks
NSHVLL Weeks - Summer 2020
Time: NSHVLL Weeks run Monday Evening through Saturday morning
Age: Junior High (minimum 11), High School or College
Lodging: Local churches or hotels.
Meals: SLAM provides all meals for participants during their time of service. In the evenings, we frequently introduce international food as a means to provide young people with the experience of learning another culture.
*Teams can provide their own meals upon request.
Cost: All NSHVLL weeks cost $275 per participant. This includes lodging, meals, ministry materials, wristband, t-shirt, team poster and review video.
NSHVLL Weeks 2020:
Refugee and Immigrant Housing Complexes: We work with the management of a dozen low-income housing complexes that host thousands of neglected immigrants and refugees. We assist these families by facilitating day camps for children, hosting sports camps, and installing community gardens.
Widow and Elderly Ministry: We have ongoing relationships with a dozen widows that live within minutes of our headquarters who we serve year-round. We also visit several assisted living and nursing homes where we serve the elderly via construction projects, landscaping, social interaction and prayer.
Hopewell Community Garden: Through working in this garden we help supply food to the local widows we reach out to. Students often have the chance to work in the garden and finish the day by delivering fresh fruits and vegetables to elderly widows.
Local Non-Profits: We partner with over 40 local non-profit organizations that have ongoing ministry with the elderly, homeless, inner-city children and other underprivileged populations.
Population: 1.6 million.
Language: Over 100 languages are spoken in the city of Nashville. In one area where we work, over 70 languages are spoken at the local high school! Spanish speaking skills are a major asset, but not required for service.
A word on Nashville: Nashville has been called the new ‘Ellis Island.' It has more immigrants and refugees per capita than any other U.S. city. We work with local councils and community groups to organize projects that will improve the quality of life for this often overlooked demographic! From offering children's camps in the summer, to helping a refugee family move into their first apartment, you're guaranteed to do some good, but also to learn something about the world in the process!
A note on Hopewell: We are located in a historically segregated neighborhood that is recovering from years of neglect. The neighborhood is home to a number of elderly as well as children, both in need of love and practical help. The elderly of Hopewell struggle to deal with a world that's moved on without them. Often crippled or ill, they are in need of practical help both in and outside of the home. The children of Hopewell are likewise not used to receiving much attention. In the school year, we offer an after-school tutoring program and athletic opportunities. In the summer, SLAM volunteers help facilitate a daily kids camp for the Hopewell neighborhood, most of whom would have no other summer camp option whatsoever.