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Middle-schoolers report community organizing success

Students from St. Anthony’s School in Camden, N.J., were invited to present last Friday at the Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in Washington, D.C. The students recounted their experiences working with neighborhood leaders and city officials to clean-up a neighborhood park – once called the “saddest park in the country” – and turn it into a gathering place for the community. The seventh and eighth graders learned about community organizing in Fr. Jud Weiksnar’s Civic Engagement class and have gone on to form a youth program affiliated with Camden Churches Organized for People, a PICO federation.