Access to and participation in high-quality education is the most effective and empowering way to diminish widespread poverty. As young people gain knowledge, critical thinking skills, and career-specific qualifications in school, their future employability and wages increase.
Keeping kids in school is also a vital aspect of violence prevention. Spending more time around school-oriented peers in positive supervised environments—like classrooms and after-school programs – fosters an environment where young people can grow into productive thinkers, problem-solvers, and community members.
Young people that receive a quality education will develop problem-solving skills, have more opportunities for employment, be more likely to secure a higher income, and give back to their community. Education, in this way, is not just a means to an end, but rather an end in itself as it empowers and expands a young person’s choices and opportunities.
Local religious and community leaders like the Claretians are uniquely positioned to work in partnership with local schools and parents to ensure that young people have sustained access to the kind of education that will allow them to become successful, informed, and productive community members.
These are some of the education programs that are funded in part by St. Jude League Community Development across the United States and Canada:
- Our Lady of Guadalupe School in South Chicago is also funded in part by St. Jude League Community Development. The 200+ students at this school have been given access to a high-quality education, before and after-school programming, and safe transportation in an area that otherwise may not have the resources to provide them with such opportunities.
- Our Lady of the Lake University was founded in 1895 in San Antonio, Texas. OLLU aims to not only provide quality, innovative learning experiences, but also foster spiritual, personal, and professional growth that prepares students for success and continued service. The educational community at OLLU is one that transforms individuals as they discover their purpose in life.