Waynesburg University students tackle poverty, social injustice in New Jersey
Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership, will lead three Waynesburg University students to Camden, N.J., from Saturday, May 11 to Saturday, May 18 to serve with Urban Promise, a faith-based after school and summer camp program that aims to equip children and teens with skills for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership.
“[Urban Promise] is a Christian organization and its mission lines up with our mission,” Calvario said. “Urban Promise is working to develop the next generation of leaders who will lead Camden, N.J., out of the trouble it is in. This year I hope students learn that God calls us to serve in areas that are outside of our comfort zone.”
Service will consist of working with children in Urban Promise’s kindergarten through 12th grade school, as well as it’s after school program. Waynesburg students will assist with homework, spiritual development, arts and crafts and athletic games.
Remaining time will be spent on labor projects in Urban Promise’s school and other ministries. Students will learn about the city of Camden and the poverty and social justice issues that exist there.
Students participating in this mission trip include:
• Brittney Bell, a senior middle level education major from Clarksville (Bethlehem Center High School)
• Heather Raymond, a junior nursing major from Owings, Md. (Northern High School)
• Gina Robinson, a junior English secondary education (literature) major from Lower Burrell (Saint Joseph High School)
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