Social Justice Advocacy

Catholic Youth Advocacy Day 

Christian Service Hours: 10 Dates: March 20, 2012
Cost: Approximately $10

As part of a students participation in MAP (Mitty Advocacy Project), The focus of Catholic Youth Advocacy Network Day is to learn how to lobby elected officials, and then to put your skills into action as advocate for legislation that reflects Catholic values. Catholic Youth Advocacy Network Day participants travel to Sacramento where they lobby state senators and members of congress for action on legislation that serves the needy, vulnerable and poor. It’s not just legislative advocacy: it is lobbying for Catholic values. Students at Catholic schools from all over the state are invited to gather in the state capitol to celebrate Mass together at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, to participate in slegislative action and advocacy workshops, and to meet with legislators to speak on behalf of those who are poor, vulnerable or voiceless.

You can apply here for Catholic Youth Advocacy Day.

Ignatian Family Teach-In

Christian Service Hours: 25 Dates: Nov. 12-15, 2012
Cost: Approximately $680

As part of a students participation in MAP (Mitty Advocacy Project), this three-day social justice trip takes place in Washington DC, where we will participate in the Ignatian Solidarity Network's Fall Teach-In. With this program ISN honors the life of the Salvadoran Martyrs and responds to justice issues of our day. The program offers participants a three-day learning experience to dialogue and strategize about ways to confront issues of injustice, poverty, and oppression both nationally and internationally. This year the Teach-In will be followed by an Advocacy Day on Capitol HIll. We will join over 1,000 high school and college students participating in this ISN Fall Teach-In Advocacy Day by meeting with our elected representatives to carry on the messages social justice.

Mitty's Advocacy Project

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. Interested students, please come and see Mr. Michael Accorsi for more information.

Shepherd

Shepherd is an organization within Archbishop Mitty High School’s Campus Ministry Department whose purpose is to provide a safe environment where students can explore dynamics that socially marginalize people within and outside the AMHS community. The group provides a forum and community to those concerned with difficult issues related to social inclusion. Shepherd recognizes that many students cope with stress, fear, harassment and discrimination due to stereotypes that depersonalize the individual. Shepherd hopes to rid our community of prejudice, not through condemnation, but through education. Shepherd meets every Wednesday afterschool, providing a space where students can relax, discuss, and share. For more information, contact Ms. Jennifer Salmon.