For over 30 years, Holy Names Academy students, faculty, and staff have been traveling to Jonestown, Mississippi, to serve in summer youth programs. Sister Kay Burton, SNJM established community programs to serve the historically under-resourced and low-income population of Jonestown. This trip is open to students going into 12th grade and is a wonderful opportunity to live out the SNJM charism.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Established in 2007 by high school and college students (including HNA alumnae!), Shirts Across America has been working continuously for over a decade to move families displaced by Hurricane Katrina back to their homes in Louisiana and Mississippi.
SNJM Youth Social Justice Forum
Every three summers, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary host a youth conference for students from SNJM high schools from around the world. These conferences take place in a different SNJM school location every time. Holy Names Academy students have the opportunity to meet fellow SNJM school students from as near as Portland, Oregon, to as far as Bela Bela, Lesotho, Africa.
HNA students travel to the Dominican Republic for a service-learning immersion, living and working in coffee-farming and Haitian-immigrant communities. We partner with Education Across Borders, a Seattle-based non-profit, to reconstruct or rebuild homes and assist with educational and environmental needs.