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The Young Leaders Initiative (YLI) planning team thanks the following institutions for their participation in YLI at the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering:
Australian Catholic University
Cabrini College (PA)
The Catholic University of America (DC)
Chaminade University (HI)
Clark University (MA)
College of the Holy Cross (MA)
College of St. Benedict/St. John's (MN)
College of St. Scholastica (MN)
Creighton University (NE)
Dominican University (IL)
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (LA)
George Washington U. (DC)
Georgetown University (DC)
John Carroll University (OH)
Kent State University (OH)
Le Moyne College (NY)
Lewis University (IL)
Louisiana State University (LA)
Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
Lyke House –
– Clark Atlanta University
– Spellman College (GA)
– Morehouse College (GA)
Manhattan College (NY)
Morehouse College and Spelman College (GA)
Marquette University (WI)
Maryland Institute College of Art
Modesto Junior College (CA)
Mount St. Mary (MD)
The Ohio State University
Our Lady of the Lake College (LA)
Purdue University (IN)
Seton Hall University (NJ)
Southeastern Louisiana University (LA)
St. John's University (NY)
St. Mary's University (TX)
St. Martin's University (WA)
Trinity Washington University (DC)
University of California-Merced
University of Dayton (OH)
University of Georgia
University of the Incarnate Word (TX)
University of Maryland-College Park
University of Missouri-Columbia
University of Notre Dame (IN)
The University of St. Thomas (MN)
Xavier University (LA)
Colleges and Universities, Catholic, public, and private, all play a vital role in the formation and education of young and emerging leaders. We invite universities and colleges to participate in this valuable leadership opportunity for students to:
Meet national Catholic social ministry and advocacy leaders.
Build knowledge of current Catholic social ministry priorities and initiatives.
Develop advocacy skills to empower students to call for positive change.
Voice concerns with legislators on issues of human life and dignity in the U.S. and internationally.
Discover new ways of growth in faith, studies, and future work through Catholic social ministry and advocacy.
Share their experiences of their lives of faith with leaders and fellow students.
Reflect on their call to advocate for and with those experiencing poverty and marginalization.
Utilize these pre and post meeting agendas to help your campus delegation reflect and pray about how their attendance at CSMG can equip them for service and witness to their communities.
Students grow as leaders at CSMG -- in society and the Church.
Our advocacy on Capitol Hill…was a tremendous experience where I really felt my faith put into action. By raising a voice for the poor, I felt that I was not speaking on my own but with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I really felt empowered by the Gospel message to spread the good news of Christ to others, and I will forever cherish this opportunity to advocate for the poor on Capitol Hill. - Trevor Bonventre, University of Notre Dame
The CSMG conference was an amazing experience. Coming from Hawaii, I never would have thought that I would get the opportunity to make a difference by visiting with our representatives in Washington, D.C. [It] allowed me to network and meet students from across the country who have the same passion for social justice that I do. - Amber Alvarez, Chaminade University of Honolulu
…It was inspiring to me to see so many people, from all over the country, speaking out for the poor and vulnerable—“being a voice for the voiceless.” I had the opportunity to hear numerous people speaking with the CST lexicon that I learned in my core course last semester, people who were also living out the documents through their careers and vocations. I think this conference helped me to become a better-informed citizen and to see how my faith and politics do not have to be mutually exclusive. - Clara Hageman, University of Notre Dame
Universities and colleges designate a campus coordinator who arranges registration, travel, accommodation and all related funding for their group. Campus coordinators invite participation from student leaders who have demonstrated interest in Catholic social teaching and ministry (usually 2 to 6 student leaders, but there is no limit to the size of your group). Since our Church is strengthened and enriched by great diversity, the student selection process is an important opportunity for campus coordinators to identify and foster leaders of diverse cultures and abilities. While CSMG does not require the coordinator to attend, we strongly encourage a member of staff (or graduate assistant) with pertinent experience to accompany undergraduate students.
CSMG provides students an opportunity to integrate faith, education, and action in pursuit of a better world. During the three-day gathering, students join a community of professional, dedicated Catholic social ministry and advocacy leaders in their annual gathering to pray, learn, network and advocate for change. The experience has proven transformative for students who have attended in the past, influencing their continuing education and even career choices. Meeting leaders in the field opens doors for future contacts, internships and possible employment. Opportunities for follow-up, reflection and action back on campus will include national legislative advocacy in students' home districts, and participating in local programs of Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
How are CSMG-YLI participants funded?
Coordinators are asked to seek resources on campus allowing students to participate in this formative, educational, and professional experience. Possible sources of funding include student affairs, student government, campus ministry or Newman centers, academic departments, experiential or service-learning programs, faith and justice centers, and sponsoring religious communities. Campus coordinators should complete an interest form and simultaneously secure funding from their institution. Interest forms should be completed by November 21, 2019, and registration should be completed by December 31, 2019. See the top 10 fundraising ideas from past YLI participants.
What else do I need to know?
In an effort to help strengthen this experience and bring the formative time of CSMG back to campus, we have developed a series of meeting prompts and post-meeting reflections so the team can have an impact once they return home from CSMG 2020.
Next Steps: participating in the CSMG Young Leaders Initiative.
Now – October 2019
Consider how CSMG can form students on campus for leadership. View student flyers and email invitations.
Investigate funding options. Identify others who might want to help or other local institutions who might be sending students or staff.
Plan pre-trip meetings and agenda.
Plan events and actions on campus for spring and fall semesters.
Participate in local advocacy with in-district visits, where possible.
* It is important that participants in the Young Leaders Initiative do not register until they have received confirmation of participation and instructions from CSMG staff to ensure they register at the YLI rate. CSMG cannot provide a refund to any campus groups, staff, or students who incur additional expenses by registering outside the process designated for the Young Leaders Initiative.
CSMG Young Leaders Committee
Emily Schumacher-Novak (Co-Chair)
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development
Samantha Kennedy (Co-Chair)
University of Dayton, Campus Ministry
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Secretariat of Catholic Education
Fr. Etido Jerome
Xavier University of Louisiana, Campus Ministry
CRS, Manager of University Engagement
Fellowship of Catholic University Students
Creighton University, Center for Social Justice
Patrick Baikauskas, OP
Purdue University, Campus Ministry
St. John's University (NY), Residence Minister for Social Justice