Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

Ignite 2024

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Sunday, July 14th to Friday, July 19th

Dream | Organize | Lead


The Experience


Immerse oneself in the farmworker reality. Serve in solidarity and collaboration with farmworkers and their families. Learn about the farmworker reality through genuine relationship. 

Leadership Development

Participate in community organizer led workshops that allow for deep reflection on service experiences and community organizer skills development. Be formed as an aware and powerful social justice leader! 


Spend a week living in intentional community that provides opportunity for encounter. Through relationship, reflection, embodied spiritual practice such as service begin to expand an understanding of oneself as a spiritual being.  

The Details

The Invitation:

Ignite is open to Catholic high school rising juniors and seniors and educators. While we encourage all rising juniors and seniors who are interested in social justice to participate, this program is designed to be most appropriate for students who are already engaged in ministry, leadership or service programming at their schools. Imagine Ignite as an advanced seminar!


Ignite offers service immersion opportunity up to 7 Catholic high schools or Catholic youth groups. Each school is encouraged to bring a minimum of 6 and maximum of 8 students as well as at least 2 adult support staff spots (required).


Sunday, July 14th – Friday, July 19th, 2024


Ignite costs $600 per person. A $600 non-refundable group reservation fee is required to reserve your school’s spot and contributes to the overall cost of attendance.

Registration Deadlines & Process:

Reservation for Ignite is provided on a first come first serve basis and registration will either on the date below, or when 7 groups have completed registration.

February 1st, 2024 – Registration closes only complete when the registration form is completed and the reservation fee is received. Participant paperwork will be provided at this time.

May 1st, 2024 – Full payment and final participant paperwork due.

Scholarships available upon request, please reach out to Will Rutt at*

Lodging Location:

Assumption Catholic Church
2116 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225

Service Location:

Whatcom County and the Skagit Valley – Washington State


Transportation is not provided by Ignite. Schools and their educators will be required to provide transportation for their students to and from the lodging location and service location, along with transportation to various service sites.


All meal and snack costs are covered by the registration fee and will be provided by Agape Service Project. Please notify the planning committee of any dietary restrictions upon completion of student profile forms, which will be sent out after the registration fee is submitted.

Schedule – July 2024*

Sunday, July 14th

3:00pm                        Group Arrivals

3:30-4:30pm               Introduction to Ignite

4:30pm                       Depart to Service Locations*

5:00-7:00pm              Opening BBQ and Activities for Farmworker Communities

7:30pm                       Depart to Assumption

7:45-9:00pm              Workshop 1 – Norms & Identity Development

10:30pm                     Lights Out

. . . . .

Monday, July 15th

7:00-8:00am              Wake Up, Breakfast, Get Ready

8:00am                       Prayer, Preparation for Day

8:30am                       Depart to Service Locations

9:00am-6:00pm        Service in Whatcom and Skagit

                                   • 12:15pm Lunch

                                   • Workshop 2 – Introduction to Farmworker Reality

6:00pm                       Depart for Assumption

6:30-7:15pm               Dinner

7:30-8:30pm              Workshop 3 – The Power of Storytelling

8:45-9:15pm               Evening Wind Down

10:30pm                     Lights Out

. . . . .

Tuesday, July 16th

7:30-8:30am                Wake Up, Breakfast, Get Ready

8:30-9:00am                Prayer, Preparation for Day

9:00am-12:00pm        Workshop 4 – The Art of 1-1 and 1-1 Speed Dating

12:00-1:00pm              Lunch

1:30-7:30pm                Service

                                     • 5:00pm Dinner at Service Sites

7:30pm                        Depart to Assumption

8:00-9:30pm               Reflections and Prayer

9:30-10:30                   Evening Wind Down

10:30pm                      Lights Out

. . . . .

Wednesday, July 17th

7:00-8:00am               Wake Up, Breakfast, Get Ready

8:00-8:30am               Prayer, Preparation for Day

9:00am                       Depart to Service Locations

9:00am-6:30pm         Service (Lunch at Service Sites)

6:30pm                       Depart to Assumption

7:00-7:45pm               Dinner

7:45-9:00pm               Workshop 5 – Social Analysis: Why Does the Food Bank Exist?

9:00pm                       Evening Wind Down

10:30pm                     Lights Out

. . . . .

Thursday, July 18th

7:00-8:00am                Wake Up, Breakfast, Get Ready

7:00-8:30am                Prayer, Preparation for Day

9:00am                         Mass

9:45am-12:00pm         Workshop 6 – Power Analysis: Using Prophetic Power for Change

12:00-1:00pm              Lunch

1:00-3:00pm                Workshop 7 – Mock Organizing Scenario

3:00-5:00pm                Public Action

5:00-6:00pm               Dinner

6:00-7:00pm               Workshop 8 – Dreaming Together

7:00-7:30pm               Debrief

7:30-9:00pm               Community Bonding

9:00pm                       Evening Wind Down

10:30pm                     Lights Out

. . . . .

Friday, July 19th

7:00-8:30am               Wake Up, Breakfast, Get Ready

8:30-9:00am               Keynote

9:00-11:00am             Closing Ceremonies

11:00am                      Pack Up

12:00-1:00pm             Lunch

1:00pm                       Departure

Schedule is subject to change as determined necessary by the planning committee.
* Throughout the week the large group will have the opportunity to encounter and serve at different
sites throughout Whatcom & Skagit Counties; when this means the large group will need to divide up to match location restrictions, school groups will always be kept together.

Contact IPJC’s Executive Director, Will Rutt, with inquiries about Ignite at

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Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center

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