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Teens For Change: A New Club Ready To Make A Difference

Christian Brothers High School has many diverse clubs that students are able to join, and every year there are new clubs to join. This year, I came across a new club that truly defines CB’s Five Core Principles, specifically Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. Sofia O’Connell (‘24) created a wonderful club which she […]

CB Cheer team getting involved with Saint John’s.

Christian Brothers High School has many diverse clubs that students are able to join, and every year there are new clubs to join. This year, I came across a new club that truly defines CB’s Five Core Principles, specifically Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. Sofia O’Connell (‘24) created a wonderful club which she calls Teens For Change.

Teens For Change works with Saint John’s Program For Real Change, a shelter for women and children. This program takes and helps women and children who are in horrible situations such as abusive relationships, drug and alcohol abuse, and homelessness. Saint John’s provides a home for these women and children, teaches mothers how to find jobs that help support their families, and gives an education for the children as well as transportation to and from school.

Saint John’s provides many different services for women and children in need of assistance. For example, they help get them high school degrees, jobs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and many other different things that help the women and children get back on their feet.

Sofia first discovered Saint John’s through her cousin, who started a similar club at her school. After hearing about the incredible program, she was inspired to dive in.

“Over the summer, my mom and I realized that we wanted to become more involved in our community, so we did a volunteer orientation and I was hooked,” Sofia says with a smile.Once school started, she created Teens For Change so other students could join her in making a difference in the Sacramento community.

“It’s a work in progress and it just started this year,” Sofia says. “Not many people know about it yet, but I’m working hard everyday trying to get more students to join.”

“I wanted to join Teens for Change because I wanted to support my friend Sofia and her first club,” Chase Hirsig (’24) says, adding that he also wants to participate in more service projects before he graduates next year

Each month St John’s hosts a birthday party for all of the kids who have birthdays within that specific month. After sending a few volunteers to help with a party a couple months ago, the volunteer coordinator asked if Teens For Change could host one in the new year.

Teens For Change will be raising money for decorations and gifts and would love the help of the Christian Brothers community.

“Anything helps!” Sofia states with excitement. “Gift cards from Amazon or Visa are best. Or gender neutral toys.”

Clearly Sofia has found her passion and truly cares about Saint John’s Program. Even if you are in need of service hours or would like to give back to your community, Teens For Change is the perfect opportunity for you to do so. We are incredibly blessed to go to Christian Brothers, but not everyone in the Sacramento area has the opportunities we have. It’s time for us to give back to our community, stand up for those who are too scared to do so and change the world…one program at a time.

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