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CCSJ Student Office Team Leader Application

Grounded in Jesuit values and Catholic social principles, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice is committed to building a community of faith, in service, for justice. The CCSJ, a department of University Ministry is open to Student Coordinators of all backgrounds. CCSJ Student Coordinators become knowledgeable about the work of the CCSJ and the needs, gifts and opportunities of the broader community. They coordinate weekly local service; act as liaisons to other student, campus and community groups; represent CCSJ at University functions; help with office duties; and often initiate, organize and lead special projects and advocacy efforts. The position exists to empower students to facilitate, extend and deepen the service, faith and justice mission of Creighton University. There are paid and unpaid team positions available to approximately 25 students.

Qualifications
The CCSJ is looking for responsible students who wish to deepen their understanding of justice issues facing the Omaha, national and global communities through personal development, formation and direct service. Students must be self-starters and able to complete projects in a timely manner either individually or as part of a larger group. Qualified applicants should have strong inter-personal skills and a positive disposition, as they will be representing the CCSJ in the Creighton and Omaha communities. Please see team descriptions for more detailed information.

Benefits

  1. Personal growth and mentoring in service and justice
  2. Leadership and ministry training
  3. Experience and supervision
  4. Occasional homemade fabulous goodies!

Application Process

  1. Read General Position and Team Descriptions
  2. Gather the following items before beginning the online application
    • Your calendar/school schedule to provide availability for interviews
    • A list of previous CCSJ Program participation dates
    • Contact information for a reference to list on your online application
  3. Submit the online application (please plan on the application taking approximately 45 minutes)

The CCSJ has teams with paid and volunteer positions available on each team.
If you are interested in applying for one of these positions (volunteer, paid, or federal work-study), please take a look over the Team Descriptions.

We have two paid employment options. Students who have a federal work study award can be assigned to our office if selected through this process. Other positions are also available.

We encourage any one interested in working in the CCSJ to apply! The application will be available online by Monday December 8th, 2014 and is due on Friday January 23rd, 2015.

We will be conducting interviews in the office on 9:00-4:00 January 29th and 20th and February 2nd, 2015 and will have final decisions out by March 7, 2015.

A mandatory week of training including an overnight retreat at the beginning of the school year will be required for all team leaders. The dates are August 16-21, 2015 (exact times will be confirmed by the end of this school year). New student staff meetings will be April 7 & April 21, 2015 9-10:30 pm.

Service and Justice Trips coordinator application and selection is a separate process. Spring 2015 Coordinators are already selected. Fall 2015 coordinators will apply in April 2015.  Please contact KellyTadeoOrbik@creighton.edu for more information.

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Lighting the Darkness

GetFileAttachment-1Leaving for my service trip, I ached knowing I was also leaving my addictions: my phone, computer, social media, video games, and the regularity of our environment. I left the “black and white” for the “gray”. However I was about to realize, that leaving those things opened my eyes to the humanity around me. The thin and sleek nature of our technology masks an impenetrable cloak of our own minds that we rarely notice. We don’t know what we don’t see, but I am infinitely grateful I removed the self-obsessed blindfold for the week I went on my service trip. I would have never seen what I saw, in the way I did.

Going to see the justice issues on a service trip was quite a unique experience. The closest thing I can equate it to is seeing the back of your head for the first time. You know it’s there for whatever reason, but you can never really see it until you go out of your way to do so. The real problem though, is that I was blindly accepting it until I saw the proof myself. A question sprints through my mind, “how could I have gone my entire life not seeing this when it was there the entire time?”

Once I saw these issues affecting people negatively, a unique juxtaposition of emotion emulated. My heart aches for people who struggle in ways that I could never imagine going through. But there are these moments where people make something from nothing, a beauty of the human condition. It is this essence that I held onto, and now I see the world differently from this experience. The little things matter. We just want to be happy, and search for the solution. In the end, people are just trying to make it through this place we call Earth, dazed and confused, while looking for the match to light their darkness.

After the week of my Calhoun City, Mississippi service trip, I feel a new spark within me.

Jake Jagannathan
Class of 2016
FBSJT 2014 Trip Participant

 

 

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

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Spring 2015 Service & Justice Trips Applications

DSC_1430Service & Justice Trips are week-long trips (except 5 day local Omaha trips) during Fall and Spring break on which students serve and learn with one of several community partner hosts across the country. Two trained student coordinators lead a group of 6-14 students. During the trip, you will engage in a variety of service experiences, learn about local social justice issues, and have a blast getting to know other Creighton students.

The application is on the CCSJ website, so hurry up and apply! Applications and payments are due by 4:00 pm on December 2nd in the CCSJ.

Click here to apply: http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/serviceandjusticetrips/application/

For more information contact JeffPeak@creighton.edu

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Experiences at St. Mary of the Woods

GetFileAttachmentIt was a warm, windy morning. The van was loaded, and all the passengers were accounted for as we set off on I-80E. After a grueling eight hour van ride, we arrived to a dark “college looking” campus. We left the van and met Robin, our go-to person for questions and job reports over the week. The next morning we woke up in beautiful cabins that had an impeccable view of the lake. Thorough the next couple of days, we would perform a variety of farm-like and “Alpaca-related” tasks.

St. Mary of the Woods is a Community Supported Agriculture and Alpaca Farm.  However, the Alpaca’s were not as friendly as one would think. Sometimes even spitting and kicking at you, but after feeding and getting to know them over the week, I was finally able to pet an Alpaca. Which was one of my main goals on the trip.

My favorite experience over the week was in the garden area with one of my coordinators, Andrew.  We had been laying mulch in the garden, when the grounds manager walked by and told us how amazing the garden looked. This was beyond rewarding because it felt like all of our hard work was paying off.

Overall, I had a wonderful week and made a lot of new friendships. I learned about the farmers side of Community Supported Agriculture, which made me appreciate the amount of work that goes into Organic Farming.  Truly, I made life long friends and I think that it was a fantastic way to spend my Fall Break.

Jeff Altman
Class of 2016
FBSJT 2014 Trip Participant

 

 

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

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The NOLA Experience

Cole blogThere is nothing that can adequately explain the bonds that were formed in the amazing city of New Orleans. These connections were established anywhere from cooking dinner as a group, reflecting about the day’s service late at night, or even jam sessions in a long van ride. It’s a bond that isn’t initially expected to form, or at least as strong and fast as it did between my group. More importantly the connections between my group were not the only one we brought back to Omaha. One of the specific bonds that we brought back was with sisters Shelly, Maureen and Anne. Who we so fortunately were able to share a home with for the week. Another tie remains with Athene, who was kind enough to bring a whole new first hand perspective about Hurricane Katrina.  Then Ernest, who we came across in the 9th ward. His story told of losing everything in the storm nine years ago, but how he has yet to fully recover. More powerful attachments were formed throughout the week with Brita and Jake, who led us in rebuilding the homes in our service. Lastly, who could forget dinner with Laura Jablonski, who enlightened us about her time at Creighton and the new experience she just started in New Orleans as a JVC. These are just a few of the bonds that we bring back as memories that bring us joy while humbling us at the same time here in Omaha.

Cole Frisbie
Class of 2015
FBSJT 2014 Trip Participant

 

 

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

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Exhilarated

GetFileAttachmentMahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” That is exactly what happened on my service trip.  I served a community in Cleveland, Ohio and felt so humbled afterward. I found a passion for serving others so great, I’ve realized I want to spend my life doing it. We went on a service trip for one week, but that one week changed more inside of me than I ever imagined it would. I thought I would make new friends, help a group of people, and feel good about myself. Instead I made best friends, served a group of people, and I feel invigorated.

One of my specific favorite days was spent at a church in the area called St. Malachi. We assisted in giving food to the homeless, played with children in an after-school program, and cleaned A LOT of dust (they were remodeling their kitchen). Working in the kitchen was probably one of my most memorable days. There we met a man named Guy who not only made us delicious paninis, but also gave advice that resonated with me. He said, “You can work in the corporate world and go home happy on Fridays, or you can work to serve others and be happy everyday.” It was at this moment that I recognized how I want to spend my life in service to people in one way or another.

As we played and spent time with the children, I was reminded of my love for little kids and my dream job of being a teacher.  This experience during my service trip made me appreciate that happiness does not depend on money, but instead on living in solidarity, serving others, and doing what you love. Before, my life was focused on how to a achieve a stable, money-making job to be happy. Now I know that money really cannot buy my happiness.

One of the greatest things my trip gave to me was challenge. It made me question society, our culture, and our treatment of our underprivileged brothers and sisters. Most of all, it made me examine myself. In doing so, I understood more about who I am and who I want to become. In serving, you receive so much more than you could ever give.

Simply put, my service trip was life changing. I fell in love with Cleveland, my group, and the people we served. I am thankful for all the times I laughed, the conversations that made me reflect, the Catholic Workers who showed me how to be a friend to all, and especially, for the opportunity to have such a wonderful experience.

Chelsea Driscoll
Class of 2017
FBSJT 2014 Trip Participant

 

 

The CCSJ blogs are meant to be a place for Creighton students, faculty, staff, alumni/ae, and friends to reflect on their experiences with programs sponsored by the office or related to its mission. The views expressed in these reflections, and all other blogs found on or linked to from this website, are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of Creighton University, the Creighton Center for Service and Justice (CCSJ), or any of the University’s affiliates. The University and the CCSJ are not responsible for the actions, content, accuracy, or opinions expressed in these blogs.

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