Dave Calvario, director of the Center for Service Leadership at Waynesburg University, will lead eight University students to Camden, N.J., from Saturday, May 10, to Saturday, May 17, to serve with Urban Promise, a faith-based after school and summer camp program that aims to equip children and teens with skills for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership.
“Urban Promise fits with the mission of Waynesburg University – faith learning and serving,” said Calvario. “An outcome from this trip is for us to see first-hand and learn about the challenges that are facing our urban centers throughout America as well as begin to understand the employment, housing, socioeconomic, educational system and challenges people face in the community.”
Service will consist of working with children in Urban Promise’s kindergarten through 12th grade school as well as its after school program. Waynesburg students will assist with homework, spiritual development, arts and crafts, and athletic games.
Remaining time will be spent on labor projects in Urban Promise’s school and other ministries. Students will learn about the city of Camden and the poverty and social justice issues that exist there.
Students participating in this mission trip include:
- Makalah Beazell, a senior early childhood and special education major from Waynesburg, Pa. (West Greene High School)
- Kaitlyn Berkebile, a senior early childhood and special education major from Friedens, Pa. (Somerset Area Senior High School)
- Morgan Brumbaugh, a senior early childhood education major from Williamsburg, Pa. (Central High School)
- Jamie Dolan, a freshman psychology major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
- Jacob Fleegle, a junior secondary education and political science double major from Jennerstown, Pa. (North Star High School)
- Bret Hoffman, a junior forensic accounting major from Washington, Pa. (Washington High School)
- Zachary Morgan, a senior sports management major from Greencastle, Pa. (Grace Academy)
- Katharine Shultz, a senior human services major from Venetia, Pa. (Peters Township High School)
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