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S: Just5Days: A Catholic Service Learning Program for Middle Schoolers

BC: Meaningful Service Middle schoolers get the opportunity to make a real difference through 15 hours of direct service to those in need. They may serve the elderly, people with disabilities, children, the poor, or contribute to the good of the environment. Wherever they serve, they will learn something about the dignity of each person and discover their own strengths. Engaging Learning Our program is designed to help middle schoolers gain knowledge and insight into Catholic social teaching and our Biblical call to justice through age-appropriate, hands-on learning experiences and through reflection on their service. Prayer & Liturgy Our relationship with God is the basis for all that we do and say. Just5Days is grounded in our morning and evening prayer experiences, and culminates in the celebration of Eucharist. Community Just5Days is intentionally designed to bring young people together in community – as a parish/school team and as a Just5Days community. Middle schoolers have time for play, recreation, and conversation during the week, which leads to lasting friendships with their peers and trusting relationships with adults.

1: is a five-day experience of meaningful service, hands-on learning, prayer and liturgy, and community building just for middle schoolers!

2: At Just5Days you will do 15 hours of service over three days. | "I realized that not everyone has what I have. I have learned what charity and justice mean." Emma | You might work with children...

3: or feed the hungry. | "This trip helped me realize that I AM old enough to make a difference. I won't forget these 5 days!" Clare

4: You might visit with seniors or people with disabilities... | "I loved to see the people’s faces in the end – how thankful they were. It helped me to see through God’s eyes." Matthew

5: "Just5Days helped me realize how many people need help and that I can do a lot for them." Jordan | or build, repair, or paint.

6: You may help with a community garden, a clean-up project, or an environmental project. | "If I could do this again, I would in a snap! I had so much fun doing this and being able to help." Paul

7: "Just5Days was a very worthwhile experience. I grew in faith by serving others. I’m now able to see the face of God in everyone." Jackie

8: No matter what service you do, you will learn about yourself while helping others. | "Just5Days has changed my understanding. I thought poor people were different, but now I respect them. I learned that every little thing counts and I should do whatever I can to help". Alissa

9: "I learned that it is not all about me, it’s about how I can help others!" Brittany

10: At Just5Days you will learn about our Catholic call to serve our brothers and sisters in need. | '"I have grown in my understanding of the Catholic Church’s teachings on dignity and justice." Michael

11: "I really liked the learning activities. They were fun, and they taught me a lot." Amie | You'll learn through activities, skits, discussions, projects, journaling, and games.

12: Just5Days has a three year cycle of faith themes so you can come year after year and learn something new each time. | Year 1 - Called to be Beatitude People | "Just5Days was an eye opening experience that deepened my faith." Julia

13: Year 2 - Called to be Saints | Year 3 - Called to be the Body of Christ | "Thanks to this program, I have learned more about the Saints and Catholic social teaching." Nathan

14: Just5Days is grounded in our morning and evening prayer experiences, and culminates in the celebration of Eucharist.

15: "I have grown in my faith. I’ve realized that there’s a bigger picture to life and I’m just a servant of God." Jordan | "I now truly understand how to be a loving servant of the Lord." Laura

16: Just5Days is fun, engaging, and brings groups together. | "Every time I go to Just5Days, I learn more about myself, make friends, have fun, and help others." Haley

17: "Just5Days is an amazing experience!" Haleigh

18: Just5Days is for parish and school groups - youth and adults growing and learning together. | "I have been waiting for a justice program for junior high. It may sound corny, but Just5Days is JUST RIGHT for junior high. Loved it!" Faith (Adult)

19: "At Just 5Days, I really got to bond with my parish group and other groups. It helped me better understand the world around me. It was an overall AMAZING experience." Jennifer

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