Beloved Community Leadership Justice Immersion Experience

Summer Youth Program

Develop leadership skills in social justice and invest “sweat equity” to improve impacted communities where Habitat for Humanity of Metro MD is building affordable homes, stronger communities and hope through meaningful neighborhood engagement projects and recreational activities in Gaithersburg and Rockville, MD.

  • Tailored to both middle school and high school students
  • SSL hours available
  • One-week session:
    • July 15th, 2024 – July 19, 2024
  • 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday
  • $350 per participant per week 

*Scholarships and group rates available. 

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The Five Pillars of Beloved Community

Learn Local History

Each Beloved Community experience focuses on relevant historical and current social justice issues in the community the group is visiting. Participants' experiences in these communities will explore social justice issues, including:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environmental Justice
  • Faith Communities as community stakeholders
  • Immigration
  • Poverty
  • Racial Justice
  • Reconciliation
Explore Reparation

Each experience will reveal opportunities to repair the historical and systemic damage that has been done to these communities. Participants will be physically and intellectually engaged in projects geared toward rediscovering and restoring local history.

Build Community

Participants learn about local culture in our communities by experiencing them firsthand. Participants will work alongside members of the community and hear the stories of local changemakers. Participants will also build a Beloved Community through new relationships with their diverse peers.

Examine Spiritual Connection

As faith communities have been such an integral part of the history of the communities Habitat serves, participants of all religious backgrounds are welcome to explore how spirituality impacts the community. Participants will engage in group reflection to help process their experiences.

Research Racial Justice

Throughout this racial justice immersion experience, students will lean into physical work, active listening, and community life to engage in racial justice discussions relevant in the communities we serve. Students are asked to be conscious of their actions and their impact as leaders.


To Learn More

Contact Reverend Timothy Warner, Director of Faith Relations, at