Immersion Experiences

IGNATIAN FAMILY TEACH-IN FOR JUSTICE

NOVEMBER 12-14, 2016

The Ignatian Solidarity Network, an association of Jesuit institutions, hosts the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice annually in Washington D.C. It is an exciting gathering of students and teachers from Jesuit high schools and universities nationwide to discuss relevant social justice issues. The Teach-In lasts three days in mid-November and features keynote speakers and breakout sessions to educate attendees about issues ranging from fair trade and immigration to domestic poverty and sustainability. One of the goals of the Teach-In is to prepare students and their teachers to go out and advocate on the issues they learned about during the Teach-In.

Spring Break Appalachia immersion

MARCH 12-18, 2017

Students of all grade levels are invited to participate in a week long service project in Appalachia. SLUH works with a program called "Neighbor 2 Neighbor" in Barren Springs, VA. The goal of the organization is to improve the quality of life for residents within the Appalachian community while engaging students in the history, culture, and people of the area. Service projects include: Renovating homes, cleaning and painting homes and public buildings, building handicap ramps, sorting and shelving food at a local pantry, and working at local schools. SLUH is subsidizing the cost of the trip this year to make it more accessible to all students. Additional financial assistance may also be available. Interested students and their parents are invited to join us for an informational meeting in early November.

Spring Break Kino InItiative

MARCH 12-18, 2017

Kino Border Initiative (KBI) immersion experiences offer participants an opportunity to spend time with migrants and learn from their stories, as well as to understand the broader context of the border and immigration. Every trip includes time in the comedor (soup kitchen) where participants serve food and have the chance to speak with recently deported migrants. The trip is intended to humanize the immigration issue and to recognize its complexity, while emphasizing accompaniment of people on their journey. Interested students and their parents are invited to join us for an informational meeting in early November.

March for life

JANUARY 26-29, 2017

Members of the St. Louis U. High Students for Life travel to Washington D.C. each January to participate in the March for Life alongside thousands of other supporters. The main purpose of attending the March for Life is to get members of Students for Life, as well as the whole SLUH community, excited about standing up for human life, but more importantly, to be the voice of those women and unborn children whose voices are not heard.

SPRING BREAK Honduras IMMERSION

MARCH 2017

A faculty member takes a group of six seniors to the village of Yoro, Honduras, to work at a nutrition center. The center, which serves malnourished children from Yoro and the surrounding villages, is housed in a building that Mr. Charley Merriott and the SLUH community were instrumental in building.

Urban Challenge

JULY 10-15, 2017

The Urban Challenge Program is an urban, service-learning, immersion experience rooted in the Catholic faith tradition through the Romero Center in Camden, NJ. Offering a point of access to the lives and stories of the people of Camden and its surrounding communities, the Urban Challenge Program is a unique educational and retreat opportunity that serves high school students between their junior and senior years. The program is built upon four fundamental components: prayer, service, education, and reflection. Interested students and their parents are invited to join us for an informational meeting in early November.

Arrupe Leaders Summit

FEBRUARY 10-12, 2017

APPLY HERE (applications are due 11/18)

The Arrupe Leaders Summit is for six emerging student leaders and two chaperones from our St. Louis U. High community to engage with students from Jesuit high schools nationwide to deepen their understanding of “a faith that does justice,” share ideas and resources for social justice programming, and become empowered to effect positive social change in their local and global communities. The summit takes place in Los Gatos, CA at the Presentation Center.

SPRING BREAK JERUSALEM FARMS IMMERSION

MARCH 12-18, 2017

This service-retreat is focused around four cornerstones of prayer, community, service, & simplicity. Through these, you will experience discussions and hands-on work relating to social justice concerns, sustainability, and direct service with our neighbors. At the beginning of the week, students are introduced to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching through an interactive discussion. It is from these principles that we form our community and respond and act to serve in the surrounding community. Simplicity is found in all the work we do; working the earth in our gardens, and with our hands as carpenters. Finally, volunteers learn about the importance of sustainability and stewardship of our earth. Interested students and their parents are invited to join us for an informational meeting in early November.

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