How Do I Register?
You are always welcome to contact The Philadelphia Project
to discuss your group’s interest in serving, to ask questions
about our program, and to check on available dates. Call
484-222-1004 to talk with Kylie Hardin.
- Contact Kylie Hardin to see if your week is available.
- Agree upon a week for your group to serve.
- Send your Group Contract and non-refundable Group
Deposit (First Payment) of $1000 within two weeks of your
- Send 50% of remaining balance by May 15, 2013 (Second
- Upon arrival, any remaining balance is due (Final
- Send 50% of remaining balance by May 15, 2013 (Second
Upon receipt of your Group Application and Group Deposit
we will send you a confirmation email.
May 15, 2013
On May 15, 2013, all registered groups must:
- Lock in their group size. We will contact you to confirm the
minimum number of participants in your group.
- Submit the Second Payment based on this group size.
If we do not receive your Second Payment by May 15, 2013,
your trip dates may become available to other groups.
Group Commitment Day is Monday, 06/03/13.
The following is due on Commitment Day:
- Your final number of participants (including youth and adult
- All participant registration materials
Groups may change their Minimum Group Size until May 15, 2013.
On this day, groups must lock in their Group Number and
guarantee payment for the minimum number in their group.
- Groups may increase their Group Size after May 15, 2013,
provided there is space available.
- Groups that decrease their Group Size after May 15, 2013, still
guarantee payment for their registered group size as of May
- Your group size is determined by the total number of participants
attending. (i.e. – 10 youth plus 2 adult leaders is a group of 12
Please make checks payable to The Philadelphia Project
and send to:
The Philadelphia Project
c/o Mount Airy Presbyterian Church
13 E Mt Pleasant Ave,
Philadelphia, PA 19119
The Philadelphia Project is intense! We pack every day
full because we believe God will do great things in the
lives of your youth and those they serve — every moment
counts! Here’s what a “normal” day of the Summer Missions
Program looks like:
7:00 am — Staff Prayer — we’re praying for your youth before they even wake up!
7:30 am — Up & At’em — Wash up, clean up the church and pack lunches.
8:00 am — Breakfast
8:45 am — Off to Serve! From here we split up into several smaller groups (7 – 10 each) and leave for our work sites.
12:30 pm — Lunch is at the service sites.
1:00 pm — Back to work.
3:00 – 3:30 pm — Clean up & close up.
3:30 pm — Snack Stop — Wrap up service sites and grab an afternoon snack/drink at a convenience store, WaWa, Dunkin Donuts, etc.
4:00 pm — Shower, Huddle & Free Time —
We head to a park for a time to debrief the day (lead by your youth leaders) and enjoy a little free time.
6:15 pm — Dinner
7:00 pm — Free Time & Dinner clean up.
7:30 pm — Club — Worship, lesson or Bible study (lead by The Philadelphia Project staff), and small groups.
9:30 pm — Free Time & The Philadelphia Project Staff meeting.
10:00 pm — Small Groups.
11:00 pm — Lights out.
How will my students learn?
- Personal encounters with our neighbors
- Time with God in His Word each day
- Powerful simulation games about biblical issues
- Group & individual prayer experiences
- Debriefing our service experiences
- Interactive & creative Bible teaching
- Sharing within small groups
- Worshipping God simply & from the heart
- Mentoring, caring, and listening by our staff
- Discussing biblical views on racism, justice, and what God wants us to do
The Philadelphia Project develops a creative Scripture-
based curriculum that engages students several times a day.
Our staff are equipped to lead youth through this Scripture
theme, and are passionate about seeing them grow in faith
Life on Life
Discipleship happens in the context of relationships. That’s
why The Philadelphia Project is committed to providing
an environment where you can continue to disciple your
students. As we live, learn and serve together, our staff
along with your youth leaders will teach and model what it
means to follow Christ.
As an urban ministry, we are excited to share about
God’s heart for the city. Our hope is to broaden youth’s
understanding of urban America and global missions,
recognizing that over half the world’s people live in cities
(and that number is growing). We approach these ideas from
a biblical perspective, and believe they are important for the
lives of teenagers everywhere.
Urging a Lifestyle of Service
Our deepest hope is that teenagers will return home and
choose to serve right where they live. Your ministry in
Philadelphia will have a real and long-lasting impact, but
the real work begins once you get home. We pray for a
generation of young people committed to standing up for
justice and demonstrating the love of God through word and
Where will we eat, sleep, and bathe?
Groups will stay at Mount Airy Presbyterian Church.
Everyone sleeps on the floor and needs to bring a sleeping
All participants have the opportunity to shower at a local
church. All meals are provided from Sunday dinner until
Friday lunch except for your Dinner out town. We serve a
breakfast buffet, brown bag lunch, and family-style dinners.
How will we get there?
Groups are responsible for providing their own transportation
to and from Philadelphia. Groups are also responsible for
transportation for members of their team, plus an extra seat
per work crew for Philadelphia Project staff. We ask that each
group bring a GPS per vehicle.
Sight-seeing in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Project schedule is intense, and does
not allow for a lot of free time for sight-seeing. Groups
have one “Dinner out town” – a late afternoon/evening
(about 4 hours) during their week to relax, sightsee, and
grab dinner together out town in Philadelphia. Groups are
responsible for all expenses during this time, including
dinner and transportation. The Philadelphia Project can
provide directions and suggestions for groups unfamiliar
with the city. Please do not plan on extending your “Dinner
out town” without checking with the staff first. If you would
like to extend your stay in Philly to allow for site-seeing in
Philadelphia on Friday or Saturday, please speak with the staff when
you register your group.
Each person should plan on bringing about $30-40 spending
money for the following:
- $10-20 for Dinner out town, a few dollars a day for “Snack Stops”
(optional afternoon snacks around town), any money for souvenirs,