Activ8 is an 8 month transformative program of self-discovery within an intentional (peer) learning community designed to enrich your faith, foster generative community, and inspire a passion for engaged service. This innovative approach to spiritual and personal growth is a partnership between Mennonite Church Manitoba and Peace & Justice Initiatives.



Applicants who are 18 years or older (or high school graduates) with a passion for exploring their faith through active service, such as engagement in a service/learning project and an intentional peer community.  The application process includes discerning together whether the program is applicable and invites partnership with a congregation. We seek young adults who are eager to engage actively in this transformative journey.



The Activ8 program offers a dynamic curriculum structured as follows:

  • In-Person Retreats: These include a mix of teaching, discussion, and reflection time.
  • Service/Learning Project: A voluntary project is chosen in consultation with the Program Director and the participant’s congregation. It can reflect the participant's interests or the congregation’s community partnerships. Reflection and research are key aspects, with oversight by a congregational mentor mentored by the Program Director. Possible projects could be Soup Kitchen, Boys and Girls Club or food bank (the list is endless).
  • Participation in the Activ8 Learning Community: Weekly meetings allow participants to build a sense of community with one another – sharing learnings and challenges. Meetings will be held in-person or online, include speaker sessions, movies, prayer times, and worship. Includes project research and reflection, about 5-10 hours per week.
  • Flexibility for Work or School Commitments: Participants can engage in work or school for 15-20 hours a week, with most living at home during the program.

This program design effectively combines faith exploration and examination with hands-on experience, centering the hope of nurturing a deeper understanding and engagement with the commitment of peace and justice. (Note: There will be a 2 week break over the Christmas holidays)


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