Four students, Madison Geddes, Judaea Whittingham, Claudia Vogel, and Olivia Poole, along with Associate Head of School Phyllis Morrison, attended the August 2018 6-day SNJM Youth Justice Forum in Oakland, CA.
Initiated by the SNJM (Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary) Justice and Peace Network, the Youth Justice Forum is an international extracurricular activity developed in 2009. It promotes collaboration between young people in the common effort to combat injustices and to work for the betterment of the world. It involves students from SNJM founded secondary schools. Ten schools were represented from three countries, U.S.A., Canada, and Africa.
The students participated in sessions on the SNJM corporate stands of immigration, human trafficking, and access to clean water. They engaged in team building activities, a service day of cleaning on Lake Merritt, and worked at local shelters. Each school group lead a daily prayer service and presented cultural information about their own schools and hometowns.
School groups also selected a corporate stand on which to focus their work for the week, and beyond. The AHN group chose to focus their work on access to clean water. They spent time developing a plan for engagement and action that they'll be sharing with the entire school this fall. We look forward to hearing about it and to learning new ways that we can help further the Sister's commitment to access to clean water for all!