Goal of Program
Mission: Cristo Rey Jesuit High School provides a Catholic, college preparatory education and professional work experience to students from Spanish speaking families with limited financial means. Vision: The reason for the school’s existence is to advance the human and intellectual capacities, as well as the religious and cultural heritage, of the immigrant families it serves. Through its Corporate Work Study Program, faith-based college preparatory education, and Spanish heritage language curriculum, the goal is to prepare students to succeed in college and to assume leadership roles in the civic, religious, business and cultural life of our city and nation. As committed alumni of a Jesuit high school, graduates become men and women for others who are open to growth, religious, intellectually competent, loving, committed to justice, and work experienced.
Type of Placement
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School was established to provide working Latino families of Chicago’s Southwest Side with the opportunity to afford a Jesuit, college preparatory education. Started in 1998, the program was founded in response to the extensive needs and limited resources of Cristo Rey. It has grown to be a vital part of the school’s efforts in delivering quality, affordable education to our students. Our volunteers demonstrate a commitment to social justice, spiritual and personal growth, and intentional community living – all tenets of our program. Our volunteers give of their gifts and talents to serve the students and families of Cristo Rey in many roles, which could include: teaching, campus ministry, college counseling, coaching, corporate work study, volunteer coordinator, driving, to name a few. They live in intentional community within the neighborhood and benefit from lives committed to reflection and action.
Urban Chicago, IL
Total of four volunteers on site in an average year.
Recent college graduates who exhibit enthusiasm, drive, commitment to the vision of the school, spiritual depth, a sense of justice, flexibility, love of education & interest in living in community.
$700 monthly stipend to cover food and living expenses. Additional $2,500 at completion of a 2nd year commitment. The program covers room, utilities, dental and health insurance.
Volunteers live in a local four bedroom apartment, close to public transportation and within walking distance of the school. Volunteers share all community responsibilities which include cooking, grocery shopping, cleaning and planning spirituality and fun nights. Each week there are 2-3 community dinners and one community night which rotates between mass, spirituality, and fun. The volunteer community is designed to foster a commitment to living simply and examining the sustainability of resources in our lives.
Volunteers are trained in using online grading software; volunteers complete teacher training modules on lesson planning, unit planning, and course planning; discipline, classroom management, and designing assessments.
August 7, 2023