On a sunny Thursday afternoon, officers and members from Archbishop Mitty’s Advocacy Project (MAP) accompanied by moderators, Steve Herrera and Megan Walker visited a group of students from Sacred Heart Nativity School (SHNS) during a lunchtime meet and greet to discuss social justice issues and more! A newly formed student advocacy group at SHNS with faculty moderators, Michael Cody and Luis Guzman is in its beginning stages with students having the desire to learn more about what they can do to combat the social justice issues that plague their community and beyond.
The Mitty students spoke to the Sacred Heart middle school students encouraging them to pursue their interests and desires in tackling these issues. Katie Peterson, outgoing MAP President told the group, “As students, you have a powerful voice…start with just one issue.” The Mitty Advocacy Project is a team of students who work as advocates to gather information and assist with legislative measures to help provide support for marginalized people throughout California and the U.S.
In keeping with the core values of Catholic Social Teaching, The Mitty Advocacy Project lobbies legislators for the poor, elderly and those who are suffering from social injustices. Students receive training with legislative sessions, developing public awareness, and organizing public events. The students of Sacred Heart Nativity look forward to seeing their advocacy mentors during next school year to further become agents of change.