OAKLAND, CA (July 13, 2018) – From July 16-23, forty young women from high schools around the world — from Canada to Lesotho — will gather at Holy Names University (HNU). The Youth Justice Forum, hosted by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), will explore in-depth the corporate stands of the order: eliminating human trafficking, water as a human right and public good, and advocating for the rights of immigrants and refugees. Participants will also perform service work at Oakland nonprofits, including St. Vincent de Paul, City Slicker Farms, Canticle Farms, and Cityteam. The young women will leave with a project to complete back home, to enhance their school communities’ awareness about social justice.
“The Sisters are preparing for the future by training young women, who in turn, in the spirit of their foundress, will spread the fire of love over the earth.” – Excerpt from SNJM Youth Justice Forum video
Given HNU’s longstanding commitment to social justice and the fact the institution is celebrating 150 years in Oakland, Holy Names University was the perfect campus to host the 2018 SNJM Youth Justice Forum.
Today’s young people are coming of age in a new era of activism and public demonstrations in support of social justice causes — from the Black Lives Matter and #MeToo movements to renewing protections for Dreamers. For Holy Names University, commitment to justice has been part of its mission since its founding 150 years ago on the shores of Lake Merritt by six Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Today, it remains part of the institution’s core values, and student experience.
Initiated by the SNJM Justice and Peace Network, the Youth Justice Forum is an international extracurricular activity developed in 2009. It promotes collaboration between young people in the common effort to combat injustices and to work for the betterment of the world. This summer’s event will draw students from six schools in the U.S., three in Canada and three in Lesotho. The Youth Justice Forum takes place every three years, and the 2018 forum is the fourth in its history.