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Marist Youth Volunteering in Vulnerable Areas

14/08/2019: Mexico

20 young Marists, between 18 and 19 years of age, from the "Youth for Service" project of the Province of Central Mexico, finished their volunteer work in several Marist centers in July, where they worked for a year, helping children, young people and adults who live in conditions of vulnerability and poverty.

"Youth for Service" has been operating for almost 25 years in the Central Mexico Province. This project is a volunteer program aimed at young people from Marist schools and other interested parties who have completed high school and who want to live during a school year an experience of service with people and communities sidelined in the country. It is carried out in connection with the schools and works of Marist insertion, and other Catholic institutions. There is a provincial team responsible for accompanying the volunteers through the different phases.

The 20 young people (19 from Central Mexico and one from Western Mexico), who have just returned from their volunteer work, were collaborating on issues related to social service in the following Marist works: Mission of Guadalupe (in Comitán, Chiapas)—work with indigenous communities; Bachillerato Champagnat de la Montaña (in Potoichán Guerrero)—work in an indigenous school and student house; Casa del Abuelo Maty (in Aguascalientes)—work with senior citizens; Fm4 Paso Libre (in Guadalajara, Jalisco)—work with people in movement (migrants and refugees); Fundación Quinta Carmelita (in Mexico City)—works with children in the process of protection against domestic violence; Residencia Infantil San Vicente (in Mexico City)—work with children with mental and physical disabilities.

Very soon, 30 more young people, 18 years old, will begin their experience in the service of others. Most of them are former students of different Marist baccalaureates from Central Mexico.

This year, in addition to the six Marist centers mentioned above, the new volunteers will be able to collaborate in three more institutions: Ayuda Solidaria AC (Mexico City)—work with orphan girls; San Miguel el Progreso (state of Guerrero)—support for educational work in an indigenous community; Bachilleratos San José el Paraíso and Quiegolani (in the state of Oaxaca)—support for educational work in indigenous communities.

The 20 young people were unanimous during the evaluation of the last experience that in addition to the services they were able to offer to the beneficiaries of these projects, they also came out winning, because they learned, matured and obtained an enriching life experience, which will make them live their university and professional experience, always taking into account the most needy.

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