Four years ago some moms and I stepped forward to volunteer and keep our Church Youth Group going after we didn't have the money for our Youth Minister anymore.
We do a lot of fun things throughout the school year from Christmas in the City - a big Christmas Party in Boston, to ice skating trips, mystery night's out, fall fest, ugly sweater contests, and dinner fundraisers for our mission trips. Our year culminates in a big mission trip.
Last night we had a Baccalaureate Mass and dinner for our graduating seniors, some who joined us on our first mission trip four years ago to clean up after Super Storm Sandy in NJ in 2013 when they were freshmen.
In the summer of 2014, we went to Mississippi to still clean up after Hurricane Katrina.
Summer 2015, we went to Queens, NYC.
I hope they continue to volunteer and help others. I hope they learned to be kind, be flexible, be open minded and just listen. Listen to people because everyone has a story and they usually want to share it.
From dinner last night:
These are an amazing kids and we wish them all the best as they move out into the big real world!