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National Migration Week 2015: January 4-10

 

National Migration Week 2015 Small Grant Winners Announced!

This artistic depiction of the Holy Family is the central image for National Migration Week 2015.

In the lead up to National Migration Week 2015, MRS announced a small grant program aimed at activating the local community on issues related to migration. We are happy to announce three winners for the small grant program. They are:

1. Holy Name of Jesus Parish (Wyoming, Michigan)

The program that will be funded at Holy Name of Jesus Parish will seek to educate teens in their high school youth group on the issue of human trafficking. Youth will learn about the issue in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to independent study, research, guest speakers, videos, books, workshops or conferences. Perhaps most exciting, the project will culminate with the production of a documentary type video on the subject of human trafficking, which can be used to educate others throughout the country.

2. Hope CommUnity Center (Apopka, Florida) 

Hope CommUnity Center, we serve a working poor, immigrant community that draws from multiple national backgrounds and experiences. With the help of funding from MRS, Hope CommUnity Center will develop a program titled MY STORY, YOUR STORY, OUR STORY: A LENTEN IMMIGRANT JOURNEY. Their aim is to help our young people more fully understand, embrace, and communicate their immigrant experience, and to connect this experience to Catholic Social Teaching, the journey of Lent, and their own spiritual journeys.

3. San Miguel High School (Tucson, Arizona)

This program will help to provide select students at San Miguel High School the opportunity to engage in a five day immersion program along the southwest border alongside other students from across the country. This program will help to bridge the differences that exist between students who come from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, help to acclimate them to the nuances of the immigration debate, and expose them to the real life experience of migrants who are trying to start a new life in the United States.

For more information on the small grant program, this year's winners, and information related to the National Migration Week 2016 small grant program, please email Todd Scribner at TScribner@usccb.org



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