Child Poverty, Housing Security, and Educational Justice

Catholic Central School, Buffalo, New York
Interested in educational justice? Participants work in the middle school program at Catholic Central School, modeled after the Jesuit-based Nativity Network, providing private education for students who cannot afford it otherwise. They serve in the St. Monica Scholars Program for Young Women and the St. Augustine Program for Young Men, and have an opportunity to work with a diverse group of students (largely African-American and African refugees, immigrants and new Americans) during the school day and in the after-school program. This site is recommended for Secondary Education majors.

Immokalee Friendship House & Habitat for Humanity, Immokalee, Florida 

During the day, participants work with the local Habitat for Humanity building homes for the migrant workers in the community. In the afternoon, the group helps out at an after-school program at a local school operated by the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, working with children of migrant farm workers. In the evenings, participants stay in a Habitat home, cook and share meals together, and spend time in reflection. 

Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota

Working in solidarity for Native American rights, participants work with Lakota Native American reservation in La Plant, South Dakota through the non-profit organization Simply Smiles. The mission of this week is to improve the lives of impoverished children in the community. Participants engage in both hands on construction work as well as programming for the youth summer camp. This is a community surrounded by economic and social strife with a suicide rate three times the national average. This trip offers additional preparation prior to departure due to the specific needs of the service.

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