Office of Mission & Ministry Hosts Annual Summer Service Program Kickoff Meeting
Over 60% of the Class of 2020 along with members of the faculty will "Leave To Serve" once again this summer. 150 Members of the Sophomore Class will participate in Urban Immersion in Philadelphia this summer.
On one of the coldest nights of the winter, over one hundred and seventy members of the junior class and their parents gathered for the official kick-off of the summer service program on Tuesday, January 22nd .
This summer, these young men will continue to the tradition of "Leaving to Serve," working in solidarity with the less fortunate and marginalized in diverse settings ranging from the inner city neighborhoods of Chicago, The Bronx, Memphis, and San Francisco; to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona and Blackfeet in Montana; working alongside migrant farmers in California's Coachella Valley; building affordable housing in West Virginia's Appalachian region; working with grade school students and continuing the hurricane recovery efforts at our sister school in Bayamon, Puerto Rico; and traveling internationally to work in the impoverished communities in Cochabamba, Bolivia; Naples, Italy; and the island of St. Lucia. Beyond the commitment of their time, these young men also take personal responsibility for raising all of the funds required to support their endeavors.
In addition, some 150 members of the sophomore class will take part in one of six week-long "Urban Immersion" experiences where they will spend a week living and working with Catholic Social Service Agencies, Catholic Elementary schools, and other community based organizations in Philadelphia. During the week students will be exposed to the realities of living in some of the more challenging communities in our city like Kensington, North, and West Philadelphia. Further, one of the cornerstones of the program will be affording students with the opportunity to work with the homeless men and women of our city through an evening street outreach program.
Both programs are centered around spiritual reflection and our collective call to Catholic Christian service, beginning each morning in prayer, and ending each day with prayer, reflection, and group discussion.
To learn more about La Salle's summer service programs or to support our efforts, please visit www.lschs.org/summerservice. #LSCHSSummerOfService