Original Poem from Elise Kowalczyk (SUNY Potsdam)
What happened last year? Take a look!
Click here to see this video from NYCUP Spring Break 2012!
NYCUP Spring Break Plunge 2013 grapples with issues of systemic injustice, racial reconciliation, poverty, class, and culture through prayer, bible study, sound teaching and direct service. Through working with youth, feeding the homeless, and fighting sex-trafficking and slavery we deepen our understanding of the heart that God has for the poor, the widow and the orphan. You want to change the world? Come and learn how to do it!
Intervarsity’s mission is to see lives transformed, campuses renewed, and world-changers developed. NYCUP’s Week-long Plunge is a catalytic program that develops volunteers with the character and capacity to change the world. Through direct service to the poor and needy, tutoring and mentoring young people and fighting sex-trafficking and slavery participants will be trained in how to preach a holistic Gospel with words, deeds and power.
Guilt, shame, obligation, fear, anger and praise for ourselves are NOT reasons to do justice. But it is only by the transformative power of the Love of God that we serve. Faith without works is dead and works without faith is slavery; we are most certainly free.
Students and volunteers who attend will go through orientation and debriefing along with workshops daily focusing on issues of injustice and how to engage in them practically using the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the basis fit how we love our neighbors. Daily schedules are dependent on the needs of the community but will include service during the day and teaching at night.
People of all faiths are welcome to attend as long as you are willing to grapple with faith, justice and how that impacts this world.
Application & Deadlines
Registration is CLOSED until the Winter/Spring 2014 season. Thanks to all who participated this year!
You must make a $50 DEPOSIT to reserve your spot. It may be submitted online or submitted by check. (*See address below for sending check*) The payment button is located next to each session on this page. Print out your confirmation receipt and bring it with you to NYCUP Spring Break.
The full fee is $400 including DEPOSIT. Your remaining balance is due upon arrival or can be paid online before arriving.
(*This means if you pay your $50 deposit online, you only have to pay $350 when you arrive. Or you can choose to make your full payment of $400 dollars initially which will fulfill your deposit requirement and close your account as you would have paid in full.*)
Checks MUST be made out to “INTERVARSITY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP” with “NYCUP” in the memo. Do NOT make the check out to NYCUP! It will be returned.
Cash is also accepted.
These gifts are not tax-deductible.
Do I have to stay on-site with everyone?
Yes. Students and volunteers will be required to spend each night at NYCUP Housing. Session 5 is the only session that won’t require the full registration fee if you are a CUNY student. If you are NOT a CUNY student during Session 5, you must stay on-site. The goal of NYCUP is for you to build your relationship with God, with the community and with one another. Therefore, SUNY students will stay on-site with their classmates.
Do I have to be a part of InterVarsity to come?
No, but you must be of college age to attend, 18-29. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
If you are not a part of InterVarsity, you will have to provide at least 1 reference from a pastor, spiritual advisor on campus or faith leader in your community.
Is there a discount for groups?
No, there is not a discount for groups but there is a discount returnees who would like to come as staff. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Registration for ALL IV staff and official volunteers who attend will be waived.
Who should I make my check out to?
ALL CHECKS should be made out to INTERVARSITY with NYCUP in the memo. Do NOT have a check written out to you or to NYCUP. If you do, they will be returned to you.
When do I turn in my money?
Send a check or online donation upon confirmation of your acceptance. Please bring the balance with you when you arrive.
No one who does not pay in full will be allowed to participate. If you paid online, please print out your confirmation email and bring it with you when you arrive.
Where does my money go?
Every expense during NYCUP Spring Break will be covered including all food, travel, lodging, materials, speakers, staff and more. Your funds go towards covering this and the work of NYCUP in New York and New Jersey.
Does registration cover travel?
No, you are responsible for your own travel expenses to reach NYCUP. Once you arrive, all program expenses are covered by NYCUP.