The Summer in the City Program is a week-long immersion project where the participant is given the opportunity to live and work the gospel of service and social justice through the gift of self. The combination of service at multiple work sites and reflection sessions gives young people the chance to use their talents and abilities to help their neighbor, and increase their awareness and understanding of the importance of the rights and dignity of the human person.

In recent years, agencies have included day care centers, housing rehabilitation sites, soup kitchens, food pantries, community gardening programs and senior care centers among others. All service sites are managed by agencies with which we have developed a previous working relationship. While many sites work with those who are economically poor, we also work with sites who serve those poor in spirit, loneliness, etc. and fulfill our call to serve through the Corporal Works of Mercy.

Participation is open to any student who is in high school in 2019. All levels of experience are welcome, whether the participant is a service veteran or has never done service of any kind before.

Summer in the City 2019
Atlantic County
Housed at the Kairos Retreat Center at 500 S. New Road
next to Holy Spirit High School, Absecon, NJ
Sunday, August 11 – Saturday, August 17, 2019

Download 2019 Flyer with registration


Frequently Asked Questions: 

Participation is open to any student who has completed a year of high school in the past academic year. All levels of experience are welcome, whether the participant has a long history of service or has never done service of any kind before!

While we certainly encourage adult participants to accompany participants, we do not require it. If your parish/school requires a chaperone to attend programs sponsored by the parish/school, we are able to accommodate that as well if we have advance notice.

No. Summer in the City is a Catholic Christian program. The Catholic faith guides our understanding of social justice and informs our prayer and worship experience. Summer in the City is also designed to be an open and welcoming experience for anyone wishing to live a life rooted in the Gospel call to serve. We happily welcome participants from various Christian backgrounds and those outside the Christian tradition interested in learning more.

Summer in the City is an all-inclusive program.  SITC chaperones are dedicated youth serving volunteers who have a passion for service and justice and are in compliance with diocesan safe environment requirements.  Vehicle transportation, housing, all meals, service site setup for Monday through Friday, and educational programming are included.
Yes. In some cases, Youth, Young Adult Ministry and Campus Ministries is able to offer financial assistance. Participants seeking financial assistance or scholarships may contact Greg Coogan at

Summer in the City is staffed by a team of enthusiastic youth and young adult ministry leaders along with young adults passionate about working with youth.

Yes. All of our staff are background checked and undergo Child Assault Prevention/ child protection training as per the national guidelines of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. Safety is constant, both in training and daily supervision of staff members.

Service sites vary depending on the location of the program.

Summer in the City attempts to accommodate students with physical impairments when possible. Parents/guardians are invited to call and speak with the Director of Youth, Young Adult & Campus Ministries to determine if the required support of a particular youth exceeds the ability of program staff. Parents/guardians must notify staff via the medical information section of the registration form if their child suffers from any physical, dietary, behavioral, or emotional disorders. This is of the utmost importance for the safety of all individuals on our programs!

The parent/guardian of a participant must provide Summer in the City staff with information on all medications being taken. Parents must request – in writing – if they wish for staff to dispense medications to their child.

In the event of an emergency back home, parents may call the Office of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministries 856.583.2908 and office staff will notify program staff on location. If there is emergency onsite, staff is equipped with participants’ waiver forms with emergency contact information and will notify persons listed on the form.