This year’s JVs come from 26 states and the District of Columbia and represent 109 alma maters from across the U.S. They come with a diversity of educational and professional experiences, each bringing a unique background and perspective to their positions
Click on the photos below to view our current Jesuit Volunteers’ profiles.
Service Learning and Support Coordinator, Civicorps Schools
Stonehill College 2016
Major: English and Secondary Education
Fun Fact: Bad puns make her laugh.
I was drawn to JVC after seeing how much my sister was impacted by being a JV, even after her year was over. I have always had a passion for service and the week-long trips I did in college were never long enough for me. I wanted to experience being thrown into a new city and seeing how much of myself I could put into it.
I’ve been spending time outdoors a lot lately. There aren’t many hills where I’m from, so I’ve been trying to do as many hikes and see as many new things as possible.
My role models are my mom and my four sisters. They have shown me what it means to be a strong and successful woman. They support me and my goals whole-heartedly and I look up to them more than they know.
Education. That’s where it all begins. The more we teach love, the more we will see love.
Cultivating relationships with the students I serve is really rewarding. They are so impressive and inspiring. It takes time to build those relationships, but it is so worth it.
I love reading and writing. There’s so much we can learn from literature. My goal is to encourage students to discover how empowering it is to be able to write and have your voice be heard.
Service trips were the most influential experiences I had in college. They reminded me how important it is to step outside of my comfort zone, leave the safety bubble I was so accustomed to, and see life from a new angle. I saw similar opportunities with JVC.
Law Clerk, The Eviction Defense Collaborative
Saint Louis University 2016
Fun Fact: Is notorious for telling terrible (AKA amazing) dad jokes.
I like to paint copies of famous paintings. I am not the most creative but I enjoy the challenge of trying to make a perfect replica. For me, art has always been an outlet for self-expression, stress release, and creating beauty.
My role model is Jesus, which may sound cliché. This year of JVC has been about exploring the life of Jesus—not as someone who brought harmony and peace, but as someone who was a radical. He sat with sinners and did things that were very countercultural, which is something I am also striving to do as a Jesuit Volunteer.
Living in St. Louis during the riots in Ferguson greatly impacted my views. I was a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar at Saint Louis University and I understood that our world still battles racial inequality but I wasn’t aware of how much oppression exists in our systems. I am now passionate about fighting institutionalized injustice and providing equal access to resources.
The Eviction Defense Collaborative helps 6,750 tenants annually respond to their eviction lawsuits in San Francisco. Serving that many people makes for very busy days and not every client I help will be able to stay in their home. However on a macro level, my position helps to preserve the diversity of this city and mitigate the affordable housing crisis, which is pretty awesome.
I chose Saint Louis University because I wanted to attend a Jesuit university and explore a new part of the country (I am from the Southwest). I left college with many formative experiences, a degree in Psychology, and a love for BBQ.
Youth Resource Coordinator at IMPACTO, Proyecto Pastoral
University of Dayton 2016
Major: Sociology and Psychology
Fun fact: Favorite book is Gone with the Wind.
I enjoy time with my community, playing games, hiking, and soaking up the sun at the beach. I cherish quality time with those I love. I recently got into running; I ran a half-marathon in April and I am training for the LA Marathon in March (with two of my community-mates)! Running is therapeutic for me; it allows me to be with my thoughts.
Charismatic and goofy, yet thoughtful and introspective..
My position involves a lot of behind-the-scenes work coordinating volunteers of the after-school program, but the most rewarding part is the relationships I build with each of the kids. Seeing their smiling faces brightens my day.
I was unsure of a career when choosing a major. I knew I wanted to work with people (kids in particular), but wasn’t sure in what capacity, so I picked a major that would help me understand the intersectionality of interpersonal and intrapersonal relations.
JVC represents a lifestyle. My time with JVC and my placement in the Boyle Heights community in LA has changed my perspective. I have become more aware of how certain issues affect our brothers and sisters in Christ.
I spent nine weeks before my junior year living in community and serving the people of Salyersville, KY though The University of Dayton’s Summer Appalachia Program (UDSAP). A main focus of the trip is to foster relationships with the local kids and their families. We hosted a day camp and a teen center, and visited folks in a nursing home. UDSAP is centered on the pillars of the Marianist tradition, which are similar to those of JVC. UDSAP was my first true experience of faith in action, intentional community, service, and social justice. I fell in love with it all. After that experience, I knew I wanted to continue putting my faith in action while serving God and others.
Public Benefits and Housing Advocate, Make the Road New York (MRNY)
University of Portland 2016
Always: my mom, Lorenita, and my friend, Coito, because they marry truth and wonder in their understanding of the world. Currently: my co-workers because they are relentless hustlers. They’re as generous as they are smart and they won’t stand down in their dedication to justice.
I did a lot of growing up in a taqueria (the family business)! After school while my mom worked I sat in a booth with my Mexican Coca Cola and a book, and the regular customers were my friends. The taqueria was listed as my emergency contact until maybe a little too recently.
The warmth of a place like Make the Road. Baseline at MRNY is the understanding and practice that every single person in that space is welcome and worthy of belonging to one another. Not only does that feel really good but it’s the stuff that real and transformative political power is made of. Imagine what a feeling like that could do for our immigration policy?
I’m realizing that working for justice is about putting your pants on one leg at a time like everyone else each morning, and showing up. The JVC year is an opportunity to practice what is hopefully a lifelong commitment to this special form of ordinary devotion.
Racial justice. Because of my own story as a Latinx Mexican immigrant, and because it orients how I think about my family and loved ones almost every day. And because of the way race is so specific to who we are, and will be as Americans.
I had the opportunity to advise a group of high school students in creating a know-your-rights handbook on local laws and procedures in response to police brutality. Many students disproportionately witnessed or experienced negative encounters with the police because of their race and socioeconomic status. The handbook was a small step in trying to reclaim some power. Our students met and exchanged in dialogue with Portland Police and the Portland mayor, and it helped me understand how personal policy is, on both the making and receiving ends.
Education Coordinator, Room In The Inn
University of San Diego 2016
Major: Political Science and Theology
Fun fact: Born on National Hangout Day, which explains a lot about his interests
My dad. Despite working for a gang unit in the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department in a highly demanding job that often required him to work nights, he still managed to be at every one of my little league games where he was my coach. Along with being my father, mentor, and coach, I can also gladly call him my friend. And I am proud to be the son of Lt. Jerry Hartman.
I like to hang out with my community-mates, work out, watch Netflix, and call friends and family at home. These activities give me the space to internally and externally process my experience as my JV year goes on.
The ability to form relationships while growing and learning from my coworkers, as well as those that I serve at Room In The Inn. Learning from coworkers who have varying degrees of experience, as well as many individuals who are experiencing homelessness, has allowed me to have a much deeper understanding of homelessness and its underlying issues.
I wish people knew how large the JVC network is. Former Jesuit Volunteers are located around the nation and they continue to carry forward the mission of JVC, as well as support current JVs wherever they live.
I changed my major five times. I started out as an Electrical Engineering student. After a change of heart in career paths, a long trial process and learning, I decided to study the subjects (political science and theology) I was most interested in and see where they lead me.
I was a campus ministry retreat and immersion trip leader, bible study leader in Young Life, worked in USD’s Career Development Center as a Career Ambassador, played intramural sports, played club water polo for a year, was involved in my major’s honors society’s, and routinely hung out in my campus coffee shop or cafeteria.
Youth Coordinator at Cantera
DePaul University 2016
Major: Peace, Justice and Conflict studies
While I did apply to other volunteer programs, the sense of community ultimately led me to accept the invitation with JVC. I felt strongly connected with JVC’s four values in my previous service experiences and wanted the opportunity to explore them further. The emphasis on faith was important to me because it encourages us to not only engage in service, but to finding meaning in it. Finally, the community of staff, former volunteers and current volunteers are truly a family.
Music has always been important to me. I spend much of my free time listening to and creating music. Music holds a unique ability to connect us to one another. I enjoying sharing my music with others and the goofy sing-along sessions that follow.
To me, there is no better sound than that of children laughing…even if it’s at me. I am still very connected to my inner child. Their curious minds and simple lens with which they see the world warms my heart.
Through my experiences working at public schools in Chicago, I have seen the widespread disparity of funding among schools and the impact that has on the wider community. Each child is born with infinite potential and it is our job to ensure that they have the tools to live up to that and beyond, and education is the key that makes it possible.
DePaul is unique because it is Vincentian. The Vincentian Mission recognizes the importance of the dignity of all and of working to create a preferential option for those living on the margins. Located in Chicago, DePaul was the perfect environment to explore what this mission looked like in action.
Teacher, Our Lady of Mercy High School
Major: Philosophy and Political Science
My role models are my parents. My mom and dad are two of the most selfless, strongest, and smartest individuals I know. I could not be here in Pohnpei if not for them (if you are reading this: thank you, and I love you).
I enjoy running, cooking, listening to music, and spending quality time with people. Each of these fosters a healthy sense of well-being, because they help me express myself and create a space to feel connected to others.
I was originally interested in pursuing a career in the medical field, but after I took a service learning course with a philosophical and theological perspective, my soul found its match in areas of social justice, politics, and community service. I loved studying philosophy and political science together. Philosophy allowed me to think about why the political and social world are the way they are, but in studying political science, I thought about how they ought to be and how to make it possible.
As a high school English teacher, the most rewarding part has been the ability to talk with students about the social issues that are prevalent in their community, especially because I perceive this to be a significant time for the Pohnpeian people. I have tried to empower them to reflect on the abilities they have to address social issues now or in the future. I have faith that students I have met, and those that I teach will become the islands next generation of great leaders.
At BC I was involved in several service learning and immersion trips to different areas of the U.S., as well as a trip to Puebla, Mexico. Each one was an insightful experience which contributed to my overall purpose in life and here in Pohnpei.
Program Assistant, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
Mount St. Mary’s University (the Mount for short) 2016
Major: Sports Management
I was most intensely drawn to JVC’s value of simple lifestyle. I find living simply to mean more than just lessening material goods. Simple living can be so healthy for thought, prayer, conversation and much more.
Those closest to me would probably say that I am either acting based on some deep, existential train of thought, or being goofy and eccentric—two vastly different behaviors that make me, me.
I love humor that is witty or absurd. Pretty much any material written by Tina Fey, like 30 Rock or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Time with my community is full of witty, absurd jokes and there is never a dull moment!
JVC helps expand one’s perception of society and the world. My time with JVC has extended my comfort zone in such unique ways, and I enter spaces with a newfound sense of curiosity. It is amazing to have intentional conversations with community members about sensitive topics that the majority of society is apprehensive to delve into.
The simple value of presence. The elders I accompany express a sense of gratitude that is exorbitantly humbling. It is incredibly rewarding to experience how affirming human connection is. Especially because it is something I tend to take for granted at a young age.
Being a leader for the Outdoor Adventures Program at the Mount allowed me to witness an immense transformation in others and within myself, while using the outdoors as a catalyst for recreation and intentional growth. I led day trips and week-long expeditions for students in rock climbing, canoeing, caving, backpacking, teambuilding and more. I have seen innumerable paralleled layers that JVC and the Mount’s Outdoor Adventures program hold.
Intake Assistant, South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program
University of Detroit Mercy 2016
Major: Criminal Justice
I enjoy reading anything I can get my hands on, from Flannery O’Connor to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Nicholas Sparks. I also enjoy being outdoors. From getting lost in the woods to getting lost in a book, I enjoy time to myself.
The academic advisor from my first year of college. She has so much love for her students. I aspire to be like her and have the love for my job and community that she does.
Hearing the stories of our clients and the joy in their voices, along with seeing the relief in their faces when we are able to help them or direct them to other resources.
JVC is much more than simple living and sacrifice. It is about walking with those you are serving and sharing your story with those in your community. It is very rewarding.
I chose UDM for their location in the city and their vision to rebuild the surrounding area. I chose my major because I have always enjoyed the law and wanted to learn more about the enforcement aspect and how I can make a change.
I was involved in University Ministry, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Student Government, Student Advisory Board for University Ministry, and the Pep Band.
One year I was one of the coordinators for the first year students’ retreat and I worked closely with the JV that worked at UDM. Together the JV and I worked hard to put together a good retreat. It was then I realized that I wanted to do something more after graduation and from there I started to discern a year of service.
Case Manager & Group Facilitator – Saint Louise House (2016)
Floor Monitor & Volunteer Coordinator – Pope Francis Center, Detroit (2015)
Villanova University 2016
Major: Political Science and Communication
Fun Fact: In high school was voted Class Giggler which is still accurate today.
At 23 my mother left her home in Uruguay and started her life in America. Mother Goose, aka my mom, works as an advocate for migrant workers, raised my sister and me, and is working toward her general education diploma. She only has one serious flaw–passive-aggressively asking when my sister and me when she will be a grandma. On a more serious note, I aspire to be as strong, loving, funny, and wise as my mom.
I think that’s just a way to ask how I would describe myself, to which I would reply, “I’m a real hoot.” However, I asked my friends and family what they think of me and their responses were: Socially-conscious, laughs at everything, cries at everything, and has the biggest heart.
I was standing on the mezzanine of the Pope Francis Center, where I served my first year with JVC, when my program coordinator’s name popped up on my phone. After being told where I would be serving, I thanked my PC and got off the phone. My eyes filled with tears of joy and fear, I took a breath to calm myself, and then called my mom to tell her I was moving to Texas for my second year with JVC. It’s one of the defining moments of my life.
From the perspective of intersectional feminism, it’s not possible to discuss and critique any oppressive structures without looking at other structures because they’re all connected. I spend a lot of time discussing the white, heteronormative, male perspective that dominates media and education. I also discuss concerns around treatment of animals and our planet when looking at products we use and waste we produce.
Living in the live music capital of the world, Austin, Texas, gives us ample opportunities to see bands live. However, I want my community to get invited backstage after the show or become good enough friends with a band that they give us VIP tickets. Something along those lines that will make for a good story.
Emergency Services Outreach Worker at Catholic Charities
Wheeling Jesuit University 2016
Fun Fact: She’s a new vegan who loves trying out wacky plant-based recipes!
It might seem strange but I love to walk through cemeteries. The atmosphere is so peaceful and I find it calming to read the names and dates on the gravestones. I also enjoy good conversation, classic novels, old movies, and singing Hamilton (and other show tunes) too loudly in the shower.
I find nothing more devastating than children around the globe whose basic needs are not met. During college, I served at an after-school program for inner-city youth which provides nutritious meals, tutoring, friendship, and fun activities. Working with these children for four years set my heart on fire and confirmed that I want to dedicate my life to serving youth.
I was involved in theater, student government, symphonic band, vocal groups, our social justice club, campus ministry retreats, service immersion trips and was a resident assistant my senior year.
Living in the Mother Jones House in East Wheeling during my sophomore and junior years at WJU molded me into a woman for others. Volunteering at an after-school program opened my eyes to the reality of what the youth in my Wheeling community are facing (obesity, domestic violence, financial instability, structural racism, and more). These experiences ignited a passion within me that I could not ignore, and I decided to do a year of service after graduation before starting an MSW program.
Floor Monitor and Supply Coordinator, The Pope Francis Center
The Catholic University of America 2016
Fun Fact: The character Carl that Andy Samberg plays in one single episode of Parks and Rec makes him laugh.
Dorothy Day has played an important role in my formation as a person. From her conversion to her humility and solidarity with the poor; her life has been an inspiration and challenge.
I love to run half and full marathons. Running long distances gives me the opportunity to be both active and contemplative as I process the events of my daily life.
I was getting ready for baccalaureate mass the day before graduation. That moment brought my senior year full circle. It marked an end to my time at CUA and the beginning of my experience as a JV.
I am excited for the humbling experience of playing a small yet vital role in meeting the most basic physiological needs of men and women experiencing homelessness in Detroit.
I led a service project through campus ministry in which we took leftover food from the cafeteria on Friday afternoons to men and women experiencing homelessness in Franklin Square, a large park in downtown D.C. It was beautiful to see so many students show up each week to form community with our brothers and sisters on the street. Friday food runs showed me the importance of good leadership at the intersection of faith and social justice.
Tenant Services Assistant, Breaking Ground
University of Michigan 2016
Major: Philosophy and English
Fun Fact: Very active in her university’s Tae Kwon Do club as an officer and instructor – she even won a few medals in tournaments!
Adventurous, intelligent, and someone with no “stranger danger.” I think they were probably more worried about me moving to NYC more than I am because of that.
I love writing because it is so rewarding. It’s therapeutic, artistic, and through it I learn a lot about myself. Keeping a journal is underrated; just ten minutes a day of writing can help you in so many ways!
Two friends from college who graduated before me participated in JVC and had amazing stories to share about the program. Upon more research, I knew JVC would be a good fit because I really appreciate JVC’s four values.
Most people would say that a double major in Philosophy and English is equivalent to a double major in unemployment, but I pursued these disciplines because they invited me to open my mind to different ideas.
I was involved with the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan. The experiences I had while working with incarcerated youth and adults allowed me to see the marginalizing effects our criminal justice system (and broader society) has on people. It allowed me a space to listen to the stories of inmates, and this led me to JVC because I wanted to continue to be a source of encouragement and help for people whom society has marginalized.
Street Outreach, The Oasis Center
Le Moyne College 2016
Major: Psychology with minors in Biology and Religion
Fun Fact: Loves creating characters in his head for stories – storytelling is a favorite pursuit of Ryan’s.
Two of my professors from college – women who had the passion in their fields that I want to have in all the work I do. Their compassion for others is something that I can only aspire to match.
I’ve had two heart surgeries for medical conditions I was born with. I try not to act like there was anything ever wrong with me, so when people find out about this, it tends to shock them.
I had a professor in college who was a JV in the past, and she turned me on to the program. Another professor told me it would be something she could see me doing. As these were two of my favorite professors, I took their advice and applied.
I’m really excited to get to know my fellow JVs and explore a new area. New adventures and places are some of my favorite things in the world, and exploring them with a new group of people sounds like a good thing to me!
I chose my major kind of as a fluke; I started a biology major and got shut out of needed classes. I checked out some electives and loved psychology more.
Becoming the president of Le Moyne’s LGBT+ club and using that platform to spread a positive image around the school. Realizing how happy my school was to help promote a positive LGBT+ image was amazing.
Pregnancy Center Program Assistant, The Northwest Center
Marquette University 2016
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Fun Fact: Llamas are her favorite animals
Coming from a Jesuit school, I was inspired to look for something after college that would be a fulfilling experience for myself, my faith, and my community. JVC provided me with an opportunity to combine my passion for social justice with a program that challenges me to live out my faith through action.
I’ve heard that the neighborhood we’re going to be living in holds a neighborhood clean-up the first Saturday of every month and I’m looking forward to joining in that effort with my community!
Health disparities. I believe that health is a human right. Health care and medicine have always fascinated me, and throughout my college career as I dove into the more social side of medicine I began to question why certain people receive health care while others do not. It’s hard to believe that people living in the same city may have a 15+ year difference in life expectancy due to their race or socioeconomic status.
I chose Marquette because of its Catholic, Jesuit identity. I toured the school and simply fell in love. Milwaukee is an incredible city and offered so many opportunities to college-age students willing to branch out and explore.
I was a part of Orientation Staff, Pi Beta Phi sorority, Hunger Clean-Up, Companions in Leadership, and Senior Challenge.
One of my most inspiring experiences at Marquette was attending the first ever Social Justice in Action conference. The conference allowed me to listen to all types of community partners and their experiences regarding social justice work, as well as learn how to be a better ally and how to explore my privilege. This happened as I was finishing the interviewing process with JVC and it left no doubt in my mind that I wanted to spend a year working to strive for a more just society.
Teacher/Counselor, St. Peter Claver High School
Regis University 2016
Fun Fact: Has participated in musical theatre for the past seven years.
I was at my work-study job at school when my Program Coordinator called and gave me the incredible news. I was so caught off guard I spilled my coffee on my papers and then proceeded to have a celebratory solo dance party. I then ran straight to my supervisor who was my reference for the application and told her. Great day!
I’m thrilled to work with the amazing students of SPCHS and learn from them each new day (and also beat them in soccer at lunch).
I pursued an English degree because of my love for creative writing and literature, plus the department at my college was incredible. I’m so excited to share my passion for reading and writing with my students.
Each semester I performed in an annual Concert for a Cause which started as a small open mic night my freshman year. With each new semester, the fundraising goals grew larger and the impact spread wider with each person involved. To blend my love for music and social justice was an incredible and memorable experience.
English Teacher, Miguel Pro K-12 School
Rockhurst University 2016
Major: Spanish Education
Fun Fact: Her name, Ani, is a ruined city in Armenia with the nickname, “City of 1,001 churches.”
I had just gotten home from a long day of teaching and sat down on the couch to do some grading. I received a call from an unknown number but was not thinking it would be JVC as I had returned from Discernment Weekend just a few days earlier. When I heard my Program Coordinator’s voice on the line I froze, but as he told me about my placement I felt a calming presence take away the fears and anxieties I had over the past few months. I took the weekend to think about it, but I knew instantly that God was calling me to accept this mission.
Developing relationships with the local community – that is where one can begin to understand the host culture in an effort to better serve the people of one’s host country.
As a teacher, I know the power each of us holds when we walk into the classroom. Solving the issue of inadequate education begins with each educator. The decision we make to put our students’ needs before our own will impact the educational system if we persevere.
I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, but it was my first Spanish professor at RU who helped me identify my passion for the Spanish language and my desire to share it with others—inside and outside the classroom.
I spent 10 weeks at a Jesuit secondary school in Gulu, Uganda before my senior year at Rockhurst. During this time I learned the meaning of accompaniment and of my desire to live a life of service in whatever community I am a part of.
Paralegal, Battered Immigrant Project
Xavier University 2016
Major: Psychology and Sociology
Fun Fact: She’s been to five continents.
Oh, the usual– Loca the Pug videos, my grandparents, and bathroom humor.
They would say I am wild at times and a bit of a prankster but balanced by a deep care for others; determined, contagiously passionate, brave, and loyal. Oh, and that I am always traveling.
Social justice is so integrated into the JVC lifestyle. I appreciate that, as a JV, I will be able to work for social justice at my placement and also live it out at home and everywhere in between. I’m grateful that JVC gives me the opportunity and support to live more intentionally and meaningfully. I am excited to grow, live simply, and in solidarity with my JV and Raleigh communities.
EcoJustice. I spent the summer researching climate-based migration and the human effects of climate change in Kiribati, one of the most vulnerable nations to climate change (here’s a small plug, look it up!). It’s so unfair that a country that does not contribute to climate change faces the direct effects, while the polluters keep on polluting with insufficient reprimands. Environmental injustice directly affects food and water security, public health, migration, race relations, power relations, education, and consumerism. It is also something that unites all of humanity.
I spent a life-changing semester studying in Cape Town, South Africa through Marquette University’s Service Learning program. In Cape Town, I discovered a passion for working with refugees and other displaced people. Living with 20 like-minded students fostered the social justice activist inside me, helped me be the best version of myself, and helped me do the best work for my clients. I am looking forward to having another supportive family through JVC while working with vulnerable communities.
Pastoral Ministry and English Aide, Colegio Lecaros
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University 2016
Major: English Creative Writing
Anything outdoors, particularly running and hiking, because nature inspires me. Nature is one of the places where I encounter God most because of all of the beauty it holds.
The four values of JVC drew me in because they are already ideas I value and I wanted to learn how to live them out even more deeply. I am excited in particular about the opportunity to walk with my community mates, to keep each other accountable, and to help each other become better people.
I have always been deeply rooted in my faith and I can’t wait to share that faith with others. I am excited to talk to the students about their faith and life experiences. I look forward to really getting to know them and their stories so I can better understand how to accompany them in their journeys.
During the last three semesters of college, I wrote a fiction novella about homelessness because I noticed how novels and short stories have impacted me. I wanted to share my passion about a social justice issue to inspire others to care more about the issue.
Pastoral Assistant, Parroquia San Pedro
College of the Holy Cross 2016
Fun Fact: She’s a huge prankster and loves seeing someone’s reaction when something happens that they least expect!
I really look up to women who empower each other. I would not be where I am today without these women that serve as my teachers, mentors, mothers, sisters, and friends. They are intelligent, kind, supportive, well-respected, loving, and generous. These women not only make things happen for themselves but share their gifts and talents with the world so that others can be the best versions of themselves.
I love Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. I worked at a scoop shop in Vermont for three summers and I still have all of the flavors memorized. The ice cream is not only delicious but it also addresses social justice issues while being socially and economically conscientious. It’s how I started to see a relationship between my money and its impact on my community. I guess you could say that working at a scoop shop contributed to my path toward JVC by sparking my interest in social justice issues and business ethics.
In one word: Adventurous. They would also tell you that I befriend strangers wherever I go and eat a lot of food. I am a foodie and love to eat!
I will never forget the feeling that came over me when I knew for certain JVC was the next step for me. At College of the Holy Cross I received my first Communion and then received my second Communion at JVC Discernment Weekend. I could see that as I was leaving Holy Cross, a place where I found my faith, God gave me this new opportunity to continue to explore and deepen my faith with JVC.
Having spontaneous dance parties!
Case Supervisor, Friendship House
Georgetown University 2016
Major: English and Government
Fun Fact: Knows a great deal of the Hamilton soundtrack by heart.
I love to (and am pretty easy to make) laugh. I am a huge fan of Comedy Bang! Bang! (both the podcast and the television show [but mostly the podcast]).
Going to concerts, especially seeing new and local musicians, is one of my favorite things to do in my free time. Music inspires my own creative pursuits and it’s also a great way to see different parts of a new city.
The opportunity to put the ideal of being a “person for and with others” into action. I have heard that saying throughout my 17 years of Jesuit education and have come to deeply value the philosophy that informs mission statements like it. At Friendship House, I will have the privilege to act upon this guiding phrase in the real world by being in solidarity with individuals at some of the most difficult times of their life. I look forward to serving them in the best, most empathetic way possible.
I chose Georgetown because it is a globally-minded institution that emphasizes the importance of using one’s acquired knowledge to give back to her/his community. The English and Government courses that I took both inspired me, and provided me with the tools to live out the school’s social justice-oriented mission through a combination of my words and actions.
Librarian, St. Martin de Porres Primary School
Loyola Marymount University 2015
Major: Theological Studies and Political Science
Fun Fact: Went to the Ellen DeGeneres show three times with friends, and because they danced so much, she now has a couch given to her by Ellen.
I was very motivated by my time spent in Argentina with the Casa program. After a semester of accompaniment and community living there, I knew JVC was exactly what I wanted to do after graduation. I am continuously inspired by the impact of JVC not only on the lives of the FJVs that I have met, but also in places like Chile where I had the privilege of visiting last year before applying.
I enjoy listening to music not only because I will never get tired of listening to Justin Bieber, but also because music can take you almost anywhere. I can hear a song and it reminds me of my semester abroad, or I think my best friend and I singing Karaoke in our room to Sam Smith, or of a dance video that my friends made when we were bored.
One person who comes to mind most is the moderator of our college service organization (the LMU Belles). Donna has been such a light in my life. She handles challenges that come her way with such grace and optimism; I feel honored to have been close to her during my time in college. I continue to be inspired by her love even here in Belize.
I get to be “Ms. Library Lady” to all of the students at St. Martin de Porres Primary School! Even though I don’t get to teach them in an official capacity, I have a lot of opportunities to engage them in learning. I get to help them become interested in learning about things that they would have never been interested in before. Our library is a great resource center, yet some of the best moments with my students are during break periods when we are just hanging out talking about music or their lives.
Red Apostolica Ignaciana
DePaul University 2015
Major: Writing, Rhetoric and Discourse
Fun Fact: Has a deep, undying love for the music of Ke$ha.
Knowing that I have been formed in the Vincentian tradition at DePaul, I wanted to experience a different charism of Catholicism. Naturally the Jesuits came to mind. I am beyond excited to dive into Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit tradition to see how they complement and differ from the Vincentian tradition.
My junior year I lived in an intentional service and faith-based community called the Vincent and Louise House with nine other students. In many ways, it was like JVC but for undergrads and was one of the most challenging and rewarding years of my life. It gave me a taste of intentional community and at the end of it all I knew I wanted more. I wanted another experience of devoting myself to the tenets of faith, service and justice while living in intentional community. JVC seemed like the perfect next step for me!
I love anything related to music—from writing, to listening, to going to shows, music makes my soul come alive. I also absolutely love cooking. Not only is it relaxing for me, but there is something powerful about eating food that I made with my own two hands, especially when it is shared with someone! Hospitality and shared, communal meals are two important values for me!
Stephen Colbert. The man is a satirical genius. I also tend to laugh at myself a lot!
Prison abolition has close to my heart for years. At DePaul I had the opportunity to work with many youth who had experiences in the juvenile justice system and a few opportunities to work in prisons alongside some of the guys on the inside. These experiences and the stories and relationships I gained from them truly shined a light on the injustices of mass incarceration.
Director of Retreat Ministries, St. Peter Claver Parish
Loyola Marymount University ’15
Major: Health & Human Sciences
Fun Fact: Likes journaling, garden gnomes, and going on adventures
I have a lot of role models and mentors in my life but one that comes to mind is a man named Tyrone. He ran the food pantry for the homeless community in Hollywood I served with for the past twenty years. He is one who always stood for justice, humility, solidarity, and putting love into action. Before I left, he told me, “the homeless don’t get a day off, so neither will I.”
My friends and family would probably describe me as someone who tries to find meaning in everything, loves having deep conversations and reflections, sharing stories, being outside hiking, reading, and writing. My faith is also very important to me and a big part of my life.
I went to Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps through the Platoon Leaders Course. It’s taught me a lot about gratitude, intentionality, and leadership.
During my time at LMU, I served as president of Magis Service Organization, an all-male service organization built upon the Jesuit ideal of the greater glory of God and is founded upon the principles of service, spirituality, and diversity. Magis has been an environment that has constantly challenged me to focus on my character rather than my reputation and has challenged me to stand up for what I believe. This environment of intentionality and growth to become men and women with and for others led me to JVC.
English Teacher, Loyola High School
University of Notre Dame ’15
Major: Pre-medical Sciences and Theology
Fun Fact: Has a twin, won a 5lb. chocolate bar as a kid
The summer before I leave for Tanzania is actually pretty busy! First, I am sitting in Noosa, Australia, on the last few days of a tour of the country with the Notre Dame Folk Choir. I’ll have some time at home before JVC Orientation in July, but then right after I will be spending a month living at the Peter Claver Catholic Worker House in South Bend, Indiana, as a summer volunteer. Until I leave in December, I will be substitute teaching and working the after-school program at my old elementary/middle school, anxiously awaiting my time with JVC!
Perhaps this is cheesy, but I think my role model would be St. Martin of Tours. Martin was a soldier in France until one day on a march he saw a beggar on the side of the road. He dismounted his horse, cut his cloak in half and presented half to the beggar. That night, he had a dream of Christ wearing that same half of the cloak and when he awoke, the cloak was fully intact again. He left the military and became a priest and then a bishop. Martin reminds me of the importance of the corporal works of mercy in our mission to see the face of God every day.
I’m finding myself more and more passionate about environmental justice. It started out as small acts of sustainability, like using a metal reusable water bottle or reducing electricity usage at home. However, I took a very interesting class on the ethics of public health that dealt immensely with the dangers of environmental injustices and the implications on the world that made me frustrated and I felt I had to do something. I still have a lot to learn, as I strive to contribute to the fight against global climate change.
Learning Kiswahili. Language is such an important window into a culture and I am so humbled at the opportunity to share in this communication and relationship with others in this way.
I participated in a program at Notre Dame called the International Summer Service Learning Program, where I was placed in a rural village in Uganda doing HIV/AIDS work in a clinic. I was living at a mission of the Congregation of Holy Cross and I loved the community. It was a hugely formative experience and it confirmed in me my desire to serve and work internationally long-term. There were a number of factors within this experience that led me to JVC, but one of the biggest was being in a community centered on Christ.
Religious Education Teacher, St. Francis Mission
Fordham University ’15
Major: Psychology and Philosophy
Fun Fact: Loves yoga
I was at work. After stepping out to take the call, once I heard that I had been accepted to my placement, I was speechless. I dropped to the floor and all I wanted to do was scream. It was amazing.
My mom is my role model because she is strong and resilient. She raised my sisters and me by herself and she always encourages our dreams and motivates us to be our best selves.
I would like to get to know my community by doing active community activities. I really hope to do outdoors activities, like hiking!
I got my degree in Psychology and Philosophy. I chose Psychology because I really liked it and it let me explore my interest in human behavior. While I did not really do well in my intro Philosophy classes, I liked what I was learning. So, I decided to take two more classes and they blew me away by challenged me in a whole new way.
Being the president of the Black Student Alliance was one of the most inspiring experiences in my college. Taking on such responsibility showed me that I could take on the responsibility to lead such an amazing club.
Teacher, Akoyikoyi School
Creighton University ’15
Major: Social Work; minor in Spanish
Fun Fact: Attended the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and witnessed a very long and confusing curling match
My role model is my Mom. She is constantly looking for what can be done for everyone else and hardly ever uses the word “I” because she is completely selfless. She shares my passion for social work and solidarity with marginalized populations. I wouldn’t have applied for JVC without her support.
I am looking forward to snorkeling a lot with my community! I have only done it once before so crossing it off as a more regular and intense experience will be a great opportunity.
I am extremely excited to work with children K-3 at Akoyikoyi School because this is an age group I have not worked with in a few years, as my most recent experiences have been with adults. I am also looking forward to the opportunity to be immersed in another culture and language, and hopefully meeting and forming relationships with the families of my students in the surrounding villages.
The most inspiring experience I had while at Creighton was my semester in the Dominican Republic. I learned the beauty and utter despair of walking beside another in solidarity, and I realized the difficulty of acknowledging one’s privilege. I also was lead to some of the most fulfilling and diverse relationships I have, and learned the importance of humility and gratitude. This broadening of my world view lead me to JVC because I wanted to continue to learn and grow, as well as commit to an organization that valued both service and justice.
76.5% of JVs identify as female
23.5% identify as male
83.2% of JVs are 21 or 22 years old
16.8% are older, and all are under 35 years old
80% of JVs identify themselves as Catholic
84% of JVs identify themselves as White/Caucasian
6.7% as Hispanic or Latino
6% as Asian or Asian American
3.3% as African American or Black
<1% using another race/ethnicity
14% are first generation college students
11.3% have a family member who served as a Jesuit Volunteer