5/21/2013 2:34:00 PM St. Mary's Academy students explore poverty on a local level
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Poverty Awareness Day Committee members Emma Adams, Isabelle Olson, Monet Tyler, Hannah Karimi and Emily McLeod.
While last year’s Poverty Awareness Day at St. Mary’s Academy focused on economic disparities at a global level, the 2013 event stuck closer to home. Workshops focused on Portland and ranged from low-income housing to employment outlook to immigration to health care.
One student discussed getting help from Janus Youth Programs as a runaway.
The day is organized and led by students. This year's committee, chaired by senior Mariah Bruns and junior Julia McCarthy, and comprising 112 students, led presentations on the efforts of 16 nonprofit, governmental and nongovernmental organizations that address poverty in the Portland area. Students invited members of the organizations to speak and also led discussions themselves.
“Poverty Awareness Day is such an important event at St. Mary's because it is beneficial for everyone involved. The students who attend the sessions learn so much about the world around them, and all the girls on the committee gain valuable leadership, organizational and communication skills that will serve them well in the future,” McCarthy said.