Jesuit Juniors Are “Committed to Doing Justice”

Posted June 15, 2016 / Last updated June 28, 2016

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Junior Christian Hebert volunteered at a summer camp and enrichment program at the Israelite Baptist Church.

Junior Christian Hebert volunteered at a summer camp and enrichment program at the Israelite Baptist Church.

In the summer of 2016, members of the junior class will begin taking on their Junior Service Project through a variety of agencies, from volunteering at camps, nursing homes, and even abroad on foreign aid trips to Central America.

Many students are serving in the local New Orleans community through various service organizations across the city. Christian Hebert volunteered at a summer camp and enrichment program at the Israelite Baptist Church on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Central City. Working with the second grade group, he assisted with academic lessons and also served as the current athletic director for the camp. “The kids here are great. I definitely have a little group that follows me around,” Christian shared.

Not far from Israelite Baptist, the Good Shepherd School’s summer camp is in session on Baronne St. in the Central Business District. Aaron Baker helped lead a cooking class for young campers, teaching them how to create healthy snacks with fresh ingredients. Outside, Peyton Schillaci played basketball and other group-recreation activities with older campers in the school’s courtyard.

On Saint Ann St. in Bayou St. John, Celeb Ferry and Grant Stephens volunteered their time with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans to turn around a neighborhood’s blighted housing. After that, they will pause their work on a house to teach members of NOLA Youth Works, a job-training enrichment program, how to construct furniture that will be used in the rebuilt homes.

Whether here locally, in other parts of the United States, or other parts of the world, junior Blue Jays are living out the Jesuit call to being “committed to doing justice” in variety of ways.