Summer Network Service Project 2019: Race, Poverty and Culture

Tomorrow, Saturday June 22 we welcome to Duchesne House 7 students from 3 of our Network of Sacred Heart Schools: Sacred Heart Academy at Bryn Mawr, PA, Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Newton, MA, and Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, NE.  Stay tuned and follow us to stay connected on our immersion experience.

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I am very passionate about serving not only my own community, but the communities of my brothers and sisters who need help as well. I have previously worked with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and it has been some of the most fulfilling volunteer work of my life. I have always loved performing any and all service I can, and I know I will be able to adapt well to and work hard in any situation I am put in.

-Mary: Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha, NE

I am very invested in helping people and being able to understand the life that some of the people are living in our country and in the world. I believe learning about another perspective can help you learn about the little things in life that you don’t really think about. Also being able to try and connect with people and learning about their backgrounds and about their culture is very eye opening.  I think that this trip will open my eyes even more and I will be able to really see and understand another perspective and understand the struggles that these people are going through.

   -Maria: Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Newton MA

I’m interested in participating in the Summer Service program because I would like to learn about other communities and cultures in a hands-on approach, as well as share my own perspective from my community and experiences. I come from a bilingual background, living in an urban environment where I attend a private high-school in the suburbs where most of the population is well-to-do. I feel that I bring a unique perspective and background because not many youth get to travel between both worlds.

  -Bianca, Sacred Heart Academy, Bryn Mawr, PA

This is a great opportunity for me to go out of my comfort zone by traveling to a different place and being faced with challenges that I have never faced before. I feel so grateful to have a supporting family, a roof over my head and much more; therefore, feel it is necessary for me to help others who are not as fortunate as I have been. This a great chance for me to immerse myself in a different community than my own.  The Summer Service Project will allow me to continue doing what I am really passionate about, helping others, being around families and children, and gaining new experiences.

  -Eliza, Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, Newton, MA

I want to participate in summer service because  I want to help out those who need it and learn from the tasks I do. I want to be able to make a difference. I want to be more involved in service and helping out in the world. I think it would be a great opportunity to learn and grow from the experiences. I would bring a great work ethic and positive attitude. I would try my best at whatever tasks I’m given.

  -Kyra, Sacred Heart Academy, Bryn Mawr, PA

At a early age, I recognized the desire in myself to participate in community service. It has always been something I looked forward to being involved with and enjoy doing. Knowing that I am contributing to the community in some way whether my actions are big or small is one of the things I love.  I would bring to this program my abilities to work well with others,  and a teachable spirit. Another quality is that I strive to learn new things that will allow me to gain a better understanding of the world around me. This program would help me improve these qualities while fulfilling my love for helping our community.

-Anira, Sacred Heart Academy, Bryn Mawr, PA

We are all fortunate to attend a private. I know growing up privileged means; I have a moral obligation to help out people who have not had the same access to resources or opportunities as me.  I have learned my voice and am able to express my beliefs and feelings to others clearly. Having younger siblings who have not found their voice gives empathy and compassion and allows me to listen to other’s needs and stand up for what they need as well.  This service program will give me the ability to understand and empathize with other people of different backgrounds and experiences.  It will give me an opportunity to carry out my moral obligation and do good in the world. I am going to bring my ambitious self, centered on helping everyone who needs a voice. I want to bring a force for positive change and my first step will be understanding what needs to be done.

  -Cora, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Omaha, NE

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