What is Ignite?

Ignite is our weeklong service immersion component of ENGAGE. Each year we provide an Ignite experience at each age level (middle school, high school, college/young adult) for young people to dig deeper into issues of social justice, transformation, renewal, and solidarity through service. Ignite experiences generally take participants more than 250 miles from our Peninsula/South Bay home base, and we return after one week with a greater sense of connection to God’s beloved community — and, we hope, wider eyes for persons on the margins in the communities of our everyday lives.


Ignite Arizona 2016

Current high school students in 2015-16 are invited to join us on Ignite Arizona 2016, traveling to the Navajo Nation and staying in Tsaile, Arizona, as our home base working with local American Indian neighborhoods.

We are partnering with Sierra Service Project for this year’s program, the first time in more than a decade our high schoolers will be doing ministry alongside them. SSP has more than 40 years of history working with impoverished communities in the western United States, and has been serving at the invitation of the Navajo for many years and in different geographies on the nation. Work projects typically include construction — decks, ramps, painting, roofing, fences, sheds, etc — and evenings include times to gather together for programming and hanging out.

We are thrilled about this safe, outstanding opportunity for our youth to participate in a dynamic, cross-cultural service experience.

Transportation, Accommodations, and Logistics

We will fly from San Jose Mineta airport to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upon our arrival, we will load ourselves into the necessary number of minivans for our group and make the less than four hour drive from Albuquerque to Tsaile.

Housing accommodations last summer were in hogans at Diné College — the first tribal college in the United States. Showers are available on-site, with meals and programs in gathering spaces outside of the hogan dorms. We will have large sleeping rooms, and each participant is responsible for bringing those necessary furnishings to make their sleeping most comfortable and restful for them.

Youth will be divided between one or two rooms, depending on the size of the total group on site that week; for those youth who, for purposes of their gender identity or expression, prefer different accommodation than along traditional gender binaries, should consult with their parent/guardian and Pastor Daniel. Trip leaders from all churches are housed throughout the facility.

Transportation will be by rented minivan; we will not be utilizing public transportation for this trip.

Meals and Snacks

All meals and snacks are provided for the group. Youth are reminded that pest control standards on the reservation are not likely the same as their home standards, and so are discouraged from bringing snacks or additional food that would attract bugs, insects, or rodents to their hotel rooms or work sites. Please note that it is the policy of Sierra Service Project that snacks are held by SSP site staff throughout the week and returned at the end of the trip. We will have plenty of food, so leave your snacks behind if you can!

A Word About Technology

It is the policy of Sierra Service Project to hold technological gadgets throughout the week and return them to youth at the end of the trip. Therefore it is strongly discouraged for youth to bring any technological gadget. Film cameras or dedicated digital cameras (not including cameras on cell phones!) are welcome and encouraged. Trip leaders will have their cell phones for cases of emergency; all leaders will be able to be contacted through Pastor Daniel’s Google Voice telephone number: (650) 937-9010. Texting is preferred.

Don’t Get Dress Coded

Recognizing that cultural norms and values regarding dress differ widely, and that we are guests of our hosts in a different culture, we seek to promote dress appearance that is respectful, modest, and demonstrates cultural competency in partnership. Adult leaders will be the final arbiters of this policy.

All participants will wear shirts when in public spaces. If approved by adult leaders in consultation with local partners, participants who physically present as male (by birth or medical reassignment) may swim without a shirt. Male participants will wear a shirt while sleeping unless separate spaces are made available for male and female participants. Shirts will cover the shoulders and necklines will extend no lower than the natural neckline of the body (e.g., no v-necks or scoop tops).

All participants will wear shorts or pants that, at all times, extend past the point of fingertips as arms naturally rest at the sides while standing. This includes all points of the shorts or pants, regardless of type (running, athletic, cargo, etc). All participants will wear shorts or pants while sleeping.

While engaging in service work, regardless of the type, all participants will wear closed-toed shoes with socks. Except in times of recreation, when approved and announced by adult leaders in consultation with local partners, footwear will be worn at all times.

Send Us Some Love!

Families and friends are encouraged to send participants or the group some mail for the nightly mail call. Mailing instructions will be available in early 2016.

Forms and Downloads

These forms will be activated in late 2015 as registration moves underway.

  • Site information
  • SSP Preparation Packet
  • Packing List
  • Fundraising Information
  • Fundraising Log
  • Participant Evaluation (active from the end of the trip for 30 days)
  • Parent Evaluation (active from the end of the trip for 30 days)