"We are ambassadors who represent Christ." – 2 Corinthians 5:20


Work Camp 2017 – Saturday, June 25– Friday, June 30


Fourteen Ascension Youth, joined by 6 youth from the dioceses in Virginia, will head to inner city Philadelphia for a one week Work Camp on Sunday June 25th.  Currently, Philly’s poverty rate is 25% (adult poverty rate) and 38% (child poverty rate), giving the unwanted distinction of having the highest rate in the nation among the 25 most populous U.S. counties.  The Youth will work specifically at the St. James School https://stjamesphila.org/ with which Ascension has a long and rewarding relationship.  St. James is a faith-based middle school in the Episcopal tradition, committed to educating traditionally underresourced students in a nurturing environment. This school is located in in northern Philadelphia where the poverty rate is nearly double the city’s rate, surpassing 44%. The importance of education for these students can not be overstated considering that only 50% of Philadelphia high school students graduate on time and more than 40% drop out altogether.  Please keep the Youth in your prayers and consider donating their cause.”