Before starting at their respective ministries, this year’s cohort of 49 Lasallian Volunteers (LVs) gathered for Orientation July 21-31 at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.
The 30 first-year and the 19 second-year LVs attended daily presentations and workshops, which were both practical and reflective. LVs learned more about community living, the Lasallian charism, building support networks, spirituality, and peace and justice.
Two days featured intense sessions where LVs learned best practices for classroom management, mentoring, learning environments, lesson planning, and how to work well with both middle school and high school-aged learners, among other subjects.
Community building events took place as well, including a ropes course, a scavenger hunt, daily group prayer, and various socials.
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“Our LV cohort is full of energy and passion. It was amazing to see the unique journeys we walked to end up in the LV program, but we are all here for a common purpose: to live out the shared mission,” said Jacquie Martin, a Saint Mary’s College of California graduate who will serve at Serviam Gardens in Bronx, New York. “I decided to become an LV because I wanted to continue to be an active part of the Lasallian family, and to serve others and work to create a more just world.”
This year’s LVs will serve at 24 ministries, 19 of which are Lasallian, as teachers, tutors, mentors, social workers and more. The LVs will provide both service and the Lasallian presence across the United States in ministries in Arizona, California, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Since the LV program began 27 years ago, more than 700 young men and women have volunteered in this program of faith, service and community.