“I don’t want to just help them, I want to empower them and painting a wall isn’t empowering.” “Exactly, I want to do more than paint a wall or hand out soup.” This was a conversation I overheard between two student leaders who were planning a service-learning program. They were having a moral dilemma as … Continue reading Is Service Becoming Taboo in Service-Learning?
It was only 1917 when Father Flanagan first said the revolutionary phase, “There’s no such thing as a bad boy.” The same phrase that would set the foundation for the nonprofit Boys Town, aimed at giving boys a beacon of hope and sense of guidance when parents, relatives or role models were often absent from their … Continue reading No Such Thing as a Bad Boy: A Reflection on Boys Town
If the mountains could talk in Guatemala, they would hold witness to the brutality land rights can cause. During my time in Guatemala, I met with and stayed with the community of Rio Negro. A town on the mountainside. And there, I met Don Sebastian. Sebastian was one of the only survivors of the Rio … Continue reading This Land is (Not) Your Land