On January 16, 2017 over 100 students and volunteers participated in the annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Day of Service hosted by the Center for FaithJustice (CFJ) and the Church of Saint Ann in Lawrenceville.
Students from New Jersey and Pennsylvania came together to serve at twelve nonprofits throughout the Trenton and Lawrenceville area. These agencies serve a variety of missions, including care for the environment, care for the elderly, youth services and human services.
The day began with a morning prayer service that reflected on the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students were challenged to keep an open mind throughout the day and to notice the moments in which they saw God present. The day was filled with energy and a dedication to working toward the realization of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream for justice and equality. After lunch, volunteers led the students in powerful discussions to contemplate their day and reflect on where they witnessed God in their encounters. A closing prayer service with a call to action video by Kid President inspired students to not let the spirit of the day of service end when they returned home, but to remember their experiences and continue to work for justice.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Day of Service would not be possible without the students who kept an open mind and heart throughout the day, the parents who gave up their day to chaperone the groups and the volunteers who helped the day run so smoothly. Thank you to everyone who participated in making the day a successful “day on, not a day off!”