SWAP is an intensive week of service learning engaging teens, ages 15-18, in direct service, community, simple living, justice, and prayer in the Catholic Tradition. We seek to make a difference and strive to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Christ, where the gifts of all are given and received. Our purpose is to help young people experience and respond from a faith perspective to social issues within Greater Milwaukee.


  • To engage the SWAP community in direct service opportunities throughout Greater Milwaukee.

  • To empower the SWAP community in transforming their lives, and the lives of the people they serve by exploring the life of Jesus in the Gospels.

  • To expose participants to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and to help them develop the skills of critical reflection for justice and peace.

  • To become an advocate in their communities, giving voice to the week’s experiences of service, community, simple living, justice and prayer.


Over the years, we have gathered the questions that are most frequently asked by parents and teens.

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Teens are assigned a worksite to work at for the week.