The Experience

The SJW Program strives to go beyond the usual volunteer experience by incorporating transformative components that allow women to reflect on their work and explore new possibilities for their lives. Each SJW works at their placement for thirty-six hour a week. Four hours each week are dedicated to training, educational opportunities, community time, spiritual growth, activism, and learning community organizing skills. By harnessing individual talents and passions, SJWs help create a better future for themselves, and the local and global community. Here are a few of the dynamic tools that SJWs use to become change agents.


One-to-Ones, a cornerstone of good community organizing, are casual meetings over coffee or lunch involving two people who meet to consciously share their stories and their passions. Initiating one-to-ones is a skill that builds strong connections with leaders and other mentors in the Twin Cities area. This public relationship building is invaluable for the Workers and makes change happen.

Social Justice Opportunities

Each year Program staff seeks out and offers various in- and out-of-town opportunities to enhance social justice knowledge and provide experiential learning. Past opportunities have included the SOA Vigil in Fort Benning, Georgia, the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice in Terra Haute, Indiana, and participating in area social justice conferences.

Program Days/Retreats

A regularly part of the program is the opportunity to delve more deeply into the program values of spirituality, social justice, leadership and living in intentional community. This takes place as:

  • Monthly program days
  • Periodic retreats