Serving others

The Youth Initiative High School junior class pauses for a photo at Su Casa in Chicago during their Service Week. Pictured are (front, from left) Elise Gotthardt, Miranda Whitaker, Cecilia Spann (second row) Irie Unity, Jane Benton, Isabella Walker; (third row) Milo Duff-Gay, Willa Roth-Amodt, Gia Desta Hailu, Clara Mizinski Ramos, Mahala Belling-Dunn, Peter Turino, Amory Lenarz; (back) Tucker Hughes and Moses Voz.

The last week in September, the freshman and junior classes at Youth Initiative High School participated in Service Week. One of the school’s core values is building relationships and community through service.

The freshmen focused their week on helping residents of Gays Mills and La Farge clean out homes and businesses that were affected by recent flooding. They also spent time trail building and making puppets for the Viroqua Harvest Parade.

The junior class traveled to Chicago to spend the week volunteering in the “Back of the Yards” neighborhood. They were hosted for the week by Su Casa, a long-term shelter for homeless families run by the Catholic Workers, where residents and students made connections by preparing and sharing meals together. At other organizations around the neighborhood, students worked alongside the local community in gardens, soup kitchens, and an after-school program for grade-school children.

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