Mercy Academy seniors spent the fall semester working on projects to address various concerns of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The students finished their projects by holding community events, where they presented information about the various issues of concern. Among the issues were:
– Refugees and Immigrants in Successful Environments (RISE) — Students worked in partnership with Americana Community Center, Inc., and Catholic Charities’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services to educate the community about ways to build relationships and provide support to refugee families.
– Diversity, Acceptance, Integration, Solidarity, Youth (DAISY) — The seniors collaborated with the Muhammad Ali Center, Lighthouse Academy and Love City Inc. to promote awareness and appreciation of differences.
– Controlling and Alleviating Poverty (CAP) — Mercy seniors worked with Re:Center Ministries, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army and the Metropolitan Housing Coalition to learn about ways to help the homeless.
– Read, Feed, Succeed — The students worked with the Cabbage Patch Settlement House, the Family Scholar House and Dare to Care Food Bank to empower at-risk students to excel academically and break the cycle of poverty.
– Women Educating Against Violence to Empower (WEAVE) — The students partnered with the Kristy Love Foundation, Kentucky Youth Advocates, La Casita Center and Face It to learn how to empower victims of violence.
– Educating, Assisting, Strengthening, Empowering (EASE) — The students worked with The Healing Place, ChooseWell Communities and Volunteers of America Mid-States to learn more about addiction. The goal of this project was to provide support for individuals affected by drug addiction.