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Urban Immersion

Romero Center (Camden, NJ): Each summer, Prep students travel to Camden, NJ to spend a week at the Romero Center, taking part in their Urban Challenge for high school students. At this retreat and social justice center, students serve at agencies around Camden and Philadelphia, while examining the issues of injustice that exist in the urban environments in our country. The work sites used in Urban Challenge include housing rehabilitation, work in schools and pre-schools, work at meal programs, and the South Jersey Food Bank, to name a few. Participants live in community with volunteers from other schools, and are afforded opportunities for education and reflection each evening.  This summer, Prep students will volunteer at the Romero Center from July 30-August 4, 2018. 


Philadelphia, PA: Each summer, Prep students travel to Philadelphia to learn about poverty and injustice in the City of Brotherly Love.  Students will have the opportunity to serve in various parts of the city, while learning about the rich history and culture of Philadelphia's neighborhoods.  This trip will also provide students with a unique opportunity to form relationships with other students influenced by Jesuit education, when they visit Cristo Rey Philadelphia.  This summer, Prep students will volunteer in Philadelphia from August 12-18, 2018.


Newark, NJ: Despite being less than 10 miles from Prep's home in Jersey City, Newark can often seem like a different world.  Students participating in this service experience will get the chance to discover the real Newark: a city with many struggles, but also a vibrant culture and many people working to give the city new life.  Students will serve at several agencies around the city addressing issues of homlessness, education, and immigration  They will also engage with issues of social injustice through education, guest speakers, and other activities.  Dates for the 2018 Newark trip will be announced soon.