Ayava House (an acronym for Austin Young Adult Volunteer and AmeriCorps) recognizes the growing desire of many young people to engage and transform their world through a deep commitment to service. Austin Seminary desires to offer its resources to young adults working through faith-based programs as well as our national service corps. We recognize that both programs engage young people who will serve in ministry and leadership capacities in their faith traditions as well as their communities of residence.
Participants will examine their individual call to a life of service and how this influences their larger vocational direction, exploring these questions through active citizenship in the seminary community, the city of Austin, and the expansive and expanding kingdom of God. Austin Seminary recognizes the value of preparing these individuals by providing them with tools of discernment and theological reflection, as well as helping them to establish networks of colleagues in ministry and service that will nurture them for a lifetime.
Potential sites include service in the areas of:
- Homeless services
- Education and support for developmentally disabled children, youth, and adults
- Campus ministries/college outreach
- Early childhood intervention and family support
- Immigration and refugee services; advocacy and policy support; ESL classes
- AIDS/Cancer Care teams
- Citizen engagement through grassroots advocacy and activist training