Advocacy Immersion

This summer, join the Columbans in Washington, D.C to learn about how you can become a better advocate for social justice.

During this experience, you will learn how to bring the good news of peace and justice to policymakers in government and to leaders in your local communities. By participating in the Columban Center's "Advocacy Immersion Program," you will:

  • Deepen your spirituality in the Columban tradition and through Catholic social teaching.*
  • Expand your knowledge of the Columban's four priority issue areas.
  • ​​Equip yourself with the tools for advocacy and community organizing that you'll need to make positive change in the world.

While in DC, you will:

  • participate in daily reflections on themes of peace and justice;
  • hear from missionaries about their experiences working for justice in countries around the world;
  • attend workshops and seminars for skills related to advocacy, social change, politics, and community organizing;
  • meet with your Members of Congress and tour different offices in the government;
  • learn from community projects and offices across the city, like cooperative farms and media agencies.

During this program, participants will begin the process of designing an achievable advocacy strategy. We hope you will return to your communities to implement your strategy, and share the lessons you learned with others as part of the work of peace and justice.

*Though this program makes frequent use of Catholic social teaching as a foundation for our work, participants from any faith tradition, or no faith tradition, are welcome to apply. 

2018 Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
  • Program Dates: Saturday, July 28 to Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Age Range: 18 to 30
  • Cost: $250.00*
    • *Similar to a "mission trip," the Columban Center asks that participants fundraise a portion of the cost of the program. If you would like to brainstorm fundraising ideas with our office, please feel free to contact Wesley Cocozello at

Program Logistics

  • The Columban Center will pay for each participant's airfare to and from Washington, D.C.
  • Housing near the Columban Center offices, as well as meals, will be provided. Participants may have to share a room.
  • Participants are expected to bring enough clothes and toiletries for seven days.
  • Fare for public transportation will be provided.
  • Free time is built into the program; however, participants are expected to pay for any expenses incurred during free time.

Questions about the advocacy immersion program? Email Wesley Cocozello at