Each year, the John Carroll Weekend planning committee selects an organization to support that reflects Georgetown's Jesuit mission of service to others.
The 2009 John Carroll Weekend community service initiative will benefit Cristo Rey New York High School, one of 22 Cristo Rey Network schools across the country that provide an affordable alternative for economically disadvantaged urban families who seek a Catholic, college preparatory education for their children. The school uses a longer school day and academic year, innovative curriculum, and tutoring and counseling to prepare its students for college. All 354 students participate in a unique work-study program through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education while gaining real-world job experience at local corporations and nonprofits.
As part of the Cristo Rey Network founded by John P. Foley, S.J. (C’57, H’07), Cristo Rey New York has been educating students since 2004. Several Georgetown alumni currently serve the school as administrators and faculty.
The proven success of the network of Cristo Rey high schools has become a national model for building academic excellence, nurturing leadership and developing a work ethic for young people in some of the most problematic neighborhoods in the nation’s urban centers. Numerous Cristo Rey alumni have attended Georgetown, including eight who enrolled at Georgetown in 2008-09. Many other members of the Georgetown community, including alumni, students and university administrators, are leaders within the Cristo Rey Network and work, teach and volunteer at Cristo Rey schools nationwide.
Please consider donating a book to help students at Cristo Rey New York High School.
The library, English and history departments have compiled an Amazon wish list of most-needed novels, reference and audio books, so you can easily select a title (or few), purchase and ship your gift directly to the high school in just a few easy clicks. Just click here (or search for the “Georgetown JCW-Cristo Rey” wish list), select your chosen book(s), and ship them to the pre-entered library department address. Boxes to collect books will also be available in the hospitality suite at the InterContinental The Barclay hotel during John Carroll Weekend registration.