Sierra Service Project

Sierra Service Project

Sierra Service Project (SSP) invites high school and middle school youth, as well as inter-generational teams, to experience the profound power of serving people with a culture and background different from their own. Originally founded by several United Methodist Church ministers, SSP is now an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Last summer, 37 churches from the California-Nevada Conference sent nearly 450 youth and adult counselors to serve with SSP for a week. A quarter of our young adult staff are from churches in this conference.

SSP believes that the primary work of youth ministry happens locally through the local church, where dedicated adults have lasting, year-round relationships with their youth. SSP provides an intensive service experience for you and your youth, which will bond them together, advance them in their faith journey, and create lasting excitement and energy for your youth ministry. The SSP experience is also an outstanding ‘training ground’ for the adult leaders in your program.

We are currently enrolling youth groups, intergenerational teams, and individual youth to join us for a week between July 1 and August 11, for SSP’s summer 2018 program. No group is too small. Is your congregation too small to have a formal youth program? Parents can sign up their teenagers as individual volunteers. Significant scholarship assistance is available for low-income youth. View our current availability.

In addition to our summer program, we offer Alternative Breaks and Weekends of Service throughout the school year in Sacramento, San Diego, and Portland. We host volunteer days in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova to complete beautification projects for low-income residents.

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.