The three core aims of Washington Cathay Future Center (WCFC) are to cultivate students’ artistic expression, intellectual development, and leadership potential. We feel that one of the BEST ways to contribute to this mission is through involving our community in social justice work. Social justice not only benefits those on the outside that the individual is working with or for, but it also provides for strong intellectual and emotional development for the practitioner.
Students who volunteer are more successful in school. From having more experiences to associate texts they read and paragraphs they write, to being a better team participant in group assignments and projects, students who participate in social justice activities are better equipped to tackle classwork and project assignments. The Corporation for National & Community Service summed it up well when they wrote
Students who report doing better in school are more likely to be volunteers than students who report doing less well…
Additionally, social justice work is beneficial to student’s emotional and physical health. Students who volunteer have an “increased sense of social responsibility”, TeenLife.com, and a stronger understanding of injustice in the world, because they have personally connected to those they want to give back to. According to ChildTrends.org,
the benefits of volunteering in adolescence may even reduce their risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
So why not start your child as young as possible with participating in social justice activities?! We have designed the Cathay’s Connected World to actively engage our community in meaningful activities that will not only educate our community itself but will connect them to communities around the world that are committed to the same dream of providing quality education for all.
Join us April 8th for our first event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cathays-connected-world-registration-43890643095