In-person Youth activities are currently suspended due to COVID-19. Contact the chairs to learn how members are staying physically distanced and still participating.
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Project Spudnik, started in 2016 under the auspices of the Maryland Master Gardener program, is a youth-led group based at All Saints in partnership with Broadview Baptist Church. The youth built and maintain the garden, growing a variety of fruits, vegetables, potatoes, as well as many flowers and herbs. The produce is donated to food banks in Calvert County (460 pounds in 2019!). In 2019, Project Spudnik was recognized by the Governor’s Office of Service and Volunteerism for its contributions to the community and is a Keep Maryland Beautiful project, sponsored by the Maryland Environmental Trust. Despite COVID-19 restrictions and a reduced staff, Project Spudnik donated 635 pounds 3-7/8 ounces of produce to local food banks in 2020.
- Spudnik (contact)
- Master Gardener coordinator: Sherrill Munn (contact)
- Youth coordinator: Ryan Dickson-Burke (contact)
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#OurCommmonCalvert (OCC) – Youth Advocacy and Leadership Development
#OurCommonCalvertCounty began in early 2016 as a multi-generation group of county citizens with its primary goal the developmentof leaders of all ages in our county, but with a specific focus on youth. Members of OCC tackled tough issues about a broad range of hot-button issues, sponsoring, events and discussion series on race, religion, diversity, sexuality, gender, gun violence the environment and more – all while developing relationships based on respect and trust, building leadership skills, engaging in community activism, and fighting social injustice. This movement spawned two current missions: Youth Advocacy and Highlander.
Youth Advocacy and Leadership
Every year, our adult volunteers – in cooperation with teachers and staff from our four publichigh schools, organize an Advocacy Day during the legislative session in Annapolis. Work begins in school during the fall, identifying issues that are important to students. They research bills coming before their delegates and senators and prepare written testimony and oral arguments to present toothier representatives during our Annapolis visit. We hope to expand the program to include interaction with our local elected officials as well.
Inspired by the Highlander School established by Miles Horton during the Great Depression in Tennessee. Highlander’s mission statement:
The Highlander Institute provides training and support to youth and young adults to develop the community organizing skills and personal discipline necessary to take on the responsibility of leadership: creating in others the power to take action for justice in the face of uncertainty.
Thanks to grants and support received through our Diocese; the Baptist Convention of DC; the members of All Saints; Guardian Angel Episcopal Church, Baltimore; and Broadview Church, our Highlander Institute was able to enlist the services of field-tested experts and theoreticians. In 2019 we ‘graduated’ our first class of leaders, ten in all, from Calvert County and Baltimore City.
Service, Connections and Fun!
All Saints sponsors monthly Youth and Young Adult Programs focusing on community service, fun
events and opportunities to meet other young people. Participants in service activities earn credits toward special events such as concerts and sports events, with tickets paid by All Saints. The calendar of planned activities will be posted on this website in flyer form and has included homeless shelter parties, trips to the National Zoo, Movies Under the Stars, and “Creep it Real” Spooky Gathering and Sleepover. Participants in these activities may also take part in special mission trips of service, described in this website.
Special Activities and Trips
Puerto Rico Mission Trip
Each summer we organize a team of youth and adults to spend a week in Puerto Rico serving as volunteers in a number of projects related to hurricane and earthquake recovery. As guests of the Diocese of Puerto Rico, our missioners not only experience first-hand the challenges faced by our neighbors, but also the challenges we all share in our efforts to build the kingdom of love and peace.
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Qualifications to Volunteer with Youth
All individuals who work with children and young people must comply with the requirements of the Diocese of Maryland to do so, which includes agreeing to established standards of behavior and a background check. In addition, the Diocese of Maryland requires completion of “Safeguarding God’s Children: Preventing Child Sex Abuse” by all who work with children and youth. Please call the church office for more information at 410-257-6306.