Nominations & Applications

Nominator/Applicant Q & A

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Thank you for taking the important step of nominating a young adult to join our peer-mentoring community for selected future and current service volunteers.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions. 

We are committed to making the nomination eligibility and process as clear as possible, so if after reading this page you still have questions, please call our office at 206-382-7888 or send us an email.

 

FAQs For Nominators

Q: Are nominees eligible if they are currently volunteering?

Yes, a young adult may be nominated while they are currently performing their service assignments.

However, we place a significant emphasis on having the new colleague connect with their cohort and Foundation community at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference (late May). We are currently unable to fly back international volunteers for the Conference. While their absence does not disqualify them, it can put them at a disadvantage when weighed with an equally qualified candidate who is able to attend.

 

Q: Can I nominate a young adult who is choosing to work at a direct service organization (nonprofit), but is earning some money?

In some cases, yes. The Krista Foundation considers nominees eligible if they are ‘vocationally employed.' In other words, they have chosen to work with a non-profit organization or ministry where the pay is significantly below normal starting salaries and/or they must raise their own support. Their motivation to serve the community is greater than their motivation for salary. How much is ‘vocational pay'? This tends to be between minimum wage and $2-3,000 less than a first year teacher salary.

Eligibility is determined on a case by case basis. Nominators are encouraged to verify with the Nominating Committee that the nominee's place of vocational employment qualifies prior to nomination or include information in the letter of nomination discussing the vocational pay being provided and why they feel this nominee's vocational service makes them eligible.

 

Q: Can I nominate a young adult who is volunteering but is not under the auspices of a formal young adult volunteer organization?

Young adults traveling and volunteering informally with one or more organizations do not qualify. The young adult must have at least one primary organization/group that provides responsible service support such as insurance, medical evacuation access, housing/living support (or means to do so). This organization serves as the culturally appropriate relationship bridge for healthy partnership through service.

Q: I have a potential nominee that is not from the Northwest (and did not go to college there either) but is currently doing their volunteer assignment in the Northwest. Are they still eligible?

Yes. Young adults may be nominated who grew up in the greater Northwest region OR attended a college/university in the greater Northwest, OR are currently volunteering in the Northwest.

Q: Why does your Foundation require that a nominees' service be motivated by Christian faith?
A special part of the Krista Foundation's "Krista Colleague Cohort Program" is to nurture leadership and conversation amongst young Christian adults from a variety of Christian traditions. Krista Colleagues are motivated, as Krista Hunt Ausland shared in her volunteer service application, by the shared desire to ‘show God's love in actions.' In their volunteer assignments colleagues learn from and serve people of all backgrounds--working together for the common good. 

The Foundation seeks to create a community of ‘comfort and challenge,' believing that the bedrock for the healthy understanding and navigation of difference begins with understanding one's own cultural and personal identity. Focusing on the riches and complexity with in the Christian tradition allows the Foundation to intentionally bridge divides between Protestant, Catholic and Anabaptist traditions as well as conservative and liberal theological perspectives. Central to the Foundations' vision is the value of both inward reflection (aka the fiery crucible of self reflection) and outward engagement.

FAQs For Applicants

Q: What if I cannot attend the Memorial Day Weekend Conference? Is it mandatory to attend the Memorial Day Weekend Conference?

We have found the Memorial Day Weekend Conference to be an invaluable opportunity to meet each other and become familiar with the Krista Foundation community and vision. This is the first opportunity for new Colleagues to gain mentoring support from the community and, therefore, we have a strong desire for newly selected Colleagues to attend the conference. Nominees who are unable to attend this conference are not necessarily ineligible for nomination, but this may put them at a disadvantage when weighed against an equally qualified candidate who is able to attend.

Q: What is a debriefing retreat? Why is it important?

Upon completion of your volunteer assignment, ideally 5 months to a year later, we will bring you to one of our Winter Debriefing Retreats. These small retreats are geared to give you the chance to slow down and reflect on what the heck actually happened during the year or two of service and begin or continue the process of integrating lessons learned and discerning next steps. 

Q: What if my program is only 6 months?

You will not qualify. Periodically exceptions are made for environmental work that is restricted by seasonal conditions and generally the young adult pairs the shorter assignment with additional 5-8 months of service. Feel free to send an email query if you are unsure. Almost without exception, nine months has been the minimum period to qualify.  

Q: Do I need to know how to use the grant now?
No. Sometimes people have a specific idea when they apply, however we will work with you over the course of the year or more to find a use that draws upon your unique gifts and interests as well as challenges and grows your capacity to serve or lead.
Q: What happens if my service assignment falls through?

Once a Krista Colleague-always a Krista Colleague. However, the grant is subject to IRS guidelines and the ‘good faith' understanding our donors have for how and under what circumstances grants are given. As a result, if you voluntarily cut your assignment short (less than six months) and you have not used the grant funds we will request that your return them. We continue our financial and community commitment to bring you to a debriefing retreat and conferences in the years following. If you pick up an additional assignment the grant funds are reissued.

If your assignment is terminated involuntarily (health/dangerous escalation in political climate etc) there is absolutely no adjustment to the grant or Foundation community support regardless of assignment length.

 

Q: What if my program is only 6 months long?

You will not qualify. Periodically exceptions are made for environmental work that is restricted by seasonal conditions and generally the young adult pairs the shorter assignment with additional 5-8 months of service. Feel free to send an email query if you are unsure. Almost without exception, nine months has been the minimum period to qualify.

Q: Are there ways for people from other religious or non-religious belief systems to engage the Foundation’s conversation on service and global citizenship?

Yes - with hopes of more on the way. Much of the methodology of our work and values for healthy service transcend specific political or religious ideology. As our staff, volunteer and resource capacity grows we are increasingly able to respond to inquiries from individuals, and religious and non-religious institutions with specially tailored debriefing retreats and resources to augment their work with young adults.

The Service Resources section of our website is designed to provide potential young adult volunteers with support in thoughtfully choosing volunteer opportunities, including frequently asked questions, service organization links and more.

The Global Citizen journal is full of essays and articles by former young adult volunteers and veteran global citizens. These articles are a great resource for reflecting on the joys and challenges of a life of service be it in the ‘formal volunteer' realm or integrating an ethic of service and global citizenship into graduate studies, family life and the professional world beyond.

Q: Why does one’s service have to be motivated by Christian faith to apply for the Krista Colleague program?

Great question! A special part of the Krista Foundation's "Krista Colleague Cohort Program" is to nurture leadership and conversation amongst young Christian adults from a variety of Christian traditions. Krista Colleagues are motivated, as Krista Hunt Ausland shared in her volunteer service application, by the shared desire to ‘show God's love in actions.'

The Foundation seeks to create a community of ‘comfort and challenge,' believing that the bedrock for the healthy understanding and navigation of difference begins with understanding one's own cultural and personal identity. Focusing on the riches and complexity with in the Christian tradition allows the Foundation to intentionally bridge divides between Protestant, Catholic and Anabaptist traditions as well as conservative and liberal theological perspectives. Central to the Foundations' vision is the value of both inward reflection (aka: the fiery crucible of self reflection) and outward engagement.

Q: Does service in a rural area/community within the U.S. apply?

Generally no. Exceptions have been made for volunteer service assignments on Native American Reservations or primarily serving Native Americans, as well as enviornmental service opportunities.

Q: Are nominees eligible if they have already completed their service?

No. Not for the Krista Colleague program. But please consider referring them to our website for occasional events and resources.

Q: Does the Krista Foundation provide any financial support for housing/board during one’s term of service?

No. The Service and Leadership Grant may be used during the service term or the year following but has specific guidelines for use and can not be used on general costs associated with the service assignment. It is meant to be used more directly for your vocational and leadership development.

Q: If I am selected to be a Krista Colleague, what is my commitment to the Krista Foundation?

The Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship was established to support young adults engaged in service as an expression of their Christian faith. The way that the Foundation supports these young adults is by providing financial support for the vocational development of colleagues via the Service and Leadership Development Grants and long-term mentoring support to help colleagues sustain their ethic of service and navigate challenges during service and in transitions for years after their formal volunteer term. The unique and authentic mentoring support provided is built upon colleagues' willingness and availability to be present at conferences and support the next class of colleagues in their time of service. Here are three areas of mutual commitment:

Sharing your journey: Colleagues are asked to add us to any email newsletters they send out, join our Krista Foundation list-serve and keep us abreast of their service journey as able. This will also include staff contacting the Colleague to gather more information on service work to share with our donors through KF publications or to further develop Colleague peer-mentoring networking opportunities.

Sharing your gifts & skills: We ask each Colleague to make a "good-faith" effort to participate in: one debriefing conference after their time of ‘formal' service is complete, and two Memorial Day Weekend Krista Conferences after that. Colleague leadership and insights from their service journeys are very important for helping us develop and sustain our peer-mentoring community. (The KF covers transport/room/board for 1 debriefing and a total of 3 conferences) Colleagues design and coordinate the conference developing an ecumenical worship service, designing workshops on a variety of topics. Additionally, there are numerous ways to formally and informally connect with the community throughout the year - informal mentoring other colleagues, local dinner gatherings, writing/editing for the Colleague designed and published Global Citizen journal, public speaking and more.

Growing your capacity to serve & lead: Colleagues each receive a $1000 Service & Leadership Development Grant with specific guidelines for use. They work with staff to select a project/program and design a proposal. They need to keep track of financial records/receipts related to Grant funds for the purposes of meeting our Foundation's reporting requirements to the IRS.

Q: Do I have to pay for travel to the Memorial Day Weekend Conference?

Nope. The Krista Foundation will cover your room, board and travel for a total of three Conferences: The initial commissioning conference where they receive the grant and two additional conferences. They can attend these additional conferences either during their service year (if placed in the US) or after the formal assignment has concluded. We pay room and board and travel within the continental United States. After three conferences, many Colleagues keep returning to grow and mentor, and pay a very discounted rate.

Q: Can I still apply if I have not been accepted to a volunteer organization?

Nominees should be accepted or in the final interview stage of their application process when applying to the Krista Foundation. However, as of March/April, most applicants ‘accepted for service' but still do not know the final service assignment specifics (exact location or service job description or waiting on medical clearance).

Q: What is a debriefing retreat? Why is it important?

Upon completion of your volunteer assignment, ideally 5 months to a year later, we will bring you to one of our Winter Debriefing Retreats. These small retreats are geared to give you the chance to slow down and reflect on what the heck actually happened during the year or two of service and begin or continue the process of integrating lessons learned and discerning next steps. Attending a Winter Debriefing Retreat after your formal service term is part of a Krista Colleague's commitment as part of the Foundation community. We fly you or drive you out to the Hearth Guest Center in Spokane for a weekend of reflection with about 10 others who are back from their assignments--colleagues find this time very meaningful and refreshing.

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