By Harrison Peters ’18
Archbishop Mitty High School’s Outreach Program strives to bring students of color together to engage in cultural, social, and educational activities. The program invites guest speakers to talk to students about current social events and to offer advice for life at college. The program also supports students’ academic and career goals by providing opportunities to sign up for college visits and college-prep enrichment programs.
Students in Outreach work together to create a comfortable and engaging environment for student-members. There are two clubs within Outreach: the Latin American Student Union (LASU) and the African American Student Union (AASU). Both clubs focus on bringing students of color together through club events of their own and shared events. As a member of AASU, I have had the opportunity to serve as a representative for the Students of Color Reception and as a Mitty Ambassador for prospective students. From these leadership opportunities, I have helped answer students’ questions about the school and offer advice on how to succeed at Archbishop Mitty High School.
Students from the Outreach Program also volunteer their time at places like Sacred Heart Community Service. Recently, we spent a Saturday morning organizing and bagging food that the organization gave out to families in need. I personally volunteered as a part of Outreach because I like being aware of the state of my community. Community service allows me to be more aware of the current struggles of many people in the area and has given me insight into ways to help out. This volunteering opportunity has allowed students, like myself, to realize the reality of the state of their community and prompts us to take action and support organizations that work to improve it.
The Archbishop Mitty Outreach Program has provided many opportunities for me to pursue my academic goals and interests, helping me grow into a student who is prepared for college and life after it.