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Social Justice  Ministry

Our faith is lived out through serving God, living Catholic ideals and demonstrating compassion for humankind. STM empowers you to explore your spiritual path through service.

ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK
STM’s Alternative Spring Break program provides undergraduates with an opportunity to put their faith into action, reevaluate their role in social issues and work together to find solutions during their spring break, as they serve disadvantaged communities throughout the world.

CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES
STM partners with Catholic Relief Services to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas with projects like the Helping Hands meal packaging event, presented by Catholic Relief Services and Stop Hunger Now.

REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PARTNERSHIP
STM partners with integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (IRIS) to support refugees who are resettled in Connecticut. Students can assist in tutoring (English as a Second Language), providing cultural integration and setting up new homes. STM is sponsoring a Muslim family from Syria who arrived in July 2016.

UNITED NATIONS NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGO)
Through STM, there are opportunities for access and engagement in the processes of the United Nations through participation in NGO committee work. Students are invited and challenged to use their collaborative and intellectual gifts in a faith response to the Gospel and Catholic social teaching.

STM AMBASSADORS
The STM Ambassadors program offers an intensive, summertime initiative focused on helping the underserved population wherever you are spending the summer. Students work with a nonprofit agency of their choice on a creative new endeavor that addresses a need and submit the proposal for funding to STM. If selected, the student and the agency could receive up to
$5,000 ($2,500 for the agency and $2,500 for the student’s stipend). This project is meant to bring together the needs of the agency and the student’s personal passion.

STM SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS
Student-leaders who want to be on the front line of social change for the betterment of the underserved in New Haven are encouraged to develop innovative ways to serve people in need through this program. Each semester, STM Social Entrepreneurs select projects to fund via an application process. 

STM WEDNESDAY SOUP KITCHEN
Each week, STM’s Wednesday Soup Kitchen serves lunch to hundreds of guests. Students are invited to join with community members to prepare, serve and welcome our soup kitchen guests.

TUTORING AT ST. MARTIN DE PORRES ACADEMY 
Each year, underprivileged youth from the New Haven community are in need of tutors to help them in all subjects from english to math to science. Student volunteer tutors help these children develop stronger academic skills, better concentration, more confidence and stronger study skills.

 

2016-17 Applications

Alternative Spring Break

STM Ambassadors

STM Social Entrepreneurs