NEW YORK (GBGM) - The mission agency of The United Methodist Church is resuming a program that places young adults in mission settings in the United States for 10 weeks of summer service and education.

A dozen persons ages 18 to 25 will be selected for 2008 as the program is reintroduced after nearly a decade of inactivity. The sponsor is the Mission Personnel Program Area of the General Board of Global Ministries.

The young people selected to take part will receive a $1,000 stipend, travel to and from their place of assignment, and room and board.

The revival of the summer program is part of a renewal of emphasis on short-term young adult mission service at the mission board. The Rev. Suzanne Field-Rabb is the newly named executive secretary for youth and young adult ministries.

Summer interns will be placed with United Methodist institutions and churches across the United States.

Successful applicants must be able to dedicate a full ten weeks to the program. Orientation begins in New York City on June 1. Service gets underway on June 8 and ends on August 2, followed by a week of debriefing, again in New York. Participants must have completed at least one year of higher education. An online application form is at http://new.gbgm-umc.org/connections/youth/.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1. Phone interviews will take place in March. Notifications of acceptance will come in March or April and the placements will be announced in May.