Archbishop Mitty High School students are taking their faith outside the classroom to serve others as part of a program called Cornerstone.
The semester-long program allows students to complete service hours while reflecting on their faith within a youth group setting. As participants in Cornerstone, students do community service one week, then spend time during the next week reflecting on how that experience served as a chance to see God working in the world.
“I think it’s the best of both worlds, where you get to put your faith and service into action. They both inform each other,” said Director of Campus Ministry Tim Wesmiller.
This fall, 80 students are participating in the program. Students will perform service at Sacred Heart Community Services, which runs a food pantry and clothes closet; the Resource Area For Teaching, which provides classroom materials to teachers; Belmont Village, which is a retirement home; and the nearby Queen of Apostles School, a Catholic elementary school.
Earlier this month, students took an extensive look at poverty. Just last week, the group participated in a special poverty simulation run by Sacred Heart Community Services. As part of that event, they took the role of a person living in poverty, as they walked through a virtual city. Then, they talked with clients at Sacred Heart Community Services, who shared their own experiences with poverty.
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