Nominate a Young Leader for the 2016 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award

Do you know a young Catholic leader dedicated to fighting poverty and injustice in the United States? The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invites you to nominate individuals between the ages of 18-40 to receive the Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award.

The Bernardin Award is meant to:

  • Recognize new and future leadership against poverty and injustice
  • Promote young people as leaders in our communities
  • Honor outstanding young leaders and their organizations/ parishes
  • Strengthen the Catholic community’s participation in CCHD’s anti-poverty mission

In the past, the award has been given to individuals who are dedicated to fighting against injustice, fighting for immigrants, and working towards fair housing. Learn more about the award and download the nomination form here! Nominations should be submitted no later than July 31, 2016. 

Vatican to Host Youth Symposium on Human Trafficking

It is well known that one of Pope Francis’ areas of of passionate interest is ending human trafficking and sex trafficking. According to National Catholic Reporter, he has declared human trafficking to be “a crime against humanity” and “an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ.” This cry against the crime that is human trafficking has been echoed by young people across the globe and is evidenced in the upcoming Youth Symposium.

On November 7-8, the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences will host the “Real Love Chases Away Fear, Greed and Slavery” Youth Symposium. The Academy has issued an invitation for young people all over the world to participate in raising awareness on the issue of human trafficking and global slavery. It is a continuation of last November’s workshop on Young People Against Prostitution and Human Trafficking and seeks to “create a handbook to be distributed among young people throughout the world, explaining the different forms of modern slavery and how youth can play a significant role in the global efforts to end it”.

Student Group from La Roche College Receives AAUW Gateway to Equity Award

Recognized for their service to youth in Pittsburgh communities, One Youth, a student group from La Roche College in Pennsylvania, has recently received the Gateway to Equity Award from the North Hills-McKnight branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The Gateway to Equity Award honors an individual, group or organization that has shown by action and philosophy the promotion of the AAUW mission of equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. La Roche’s student group, One Youth, is honored for their mission to empower, inspire and enable the younger generation to acquire leadership by targeting and addressing the needs of local youth in struggling communities.

Click here to read more about La Roche College, One Youth, and their new award.

Courageous Voices: Empowering Individuals through Work

Recognizing the sizable population of youth in the Dayton, Ohio area who are unemployed or underemployed, or transitioning out of foster care or the juvenile justice system, the University of Dayton (UD) is working to help them take charge of their future. Through its Youth Economic Self-Sufficiency program, UD students provide help with tutoring and GED completion, guidance on college enrollment, job skills, and personal finance; and self-care to support health and wellness.

At Rockhurst University, the Prosperity Center for Financial Opportunity works with low- to moderate-income families in the Kansas City area, with the goal of improving their long-term financial situation. The center provides free employment services and financial counseling through one-on-one sessions and group workshops, encouraging participants to change behaviors and build a stable financial future.  To learn more, visit the Center on Facebook or read the article on the Center by the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Key.

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to release short stories about the courageous voices of our member colleges and universities.  Stay tuned to hear about how students, faculty, and staff are responding to Pope Francis’s call to social justice and a culture of encounter.  If you are still curious about how Catholic colleges and universities are promoting social justice on campus, read the original blog post on the Courageous Voices series, or check out ACCU’s inventory of promising practices, which includes many examples of our members engaging with Catholic Social Teaching.

Nominate a young person for the Bernadin Award

The Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award is given annually to a Catholic young adult between the ages of 18-40 engaged in efforts to end the root causes of poverty in the United States. The award is an excellent opportunity to recognize a deserving young Catholic from your campus community. The annual winner is recognized at the bishops’ meeting in June in St. Louis, MO, providing an important opportunity for the bishops to celebrate the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).  Learn more about CCHD here.


The award would be given to a young Catholic, age 18-40, who demonstrates all of the following:

  • leadership consistent with the work and philosophy of CCHD to address the basic causes of economic poverty,
  • a commitment to carry out the church’s option for and with the poor through the empowerment of people living in poverty and relationship building between those who are poor and non-poor, and
  • potential for future leadership in these arenas.

The Bernardin Award is designed to

  • Recognize new and future leadership against poverty and injustice
  • Promote young people as leaders in our communities
  • Honor outstanding young leaders and their organizations/ parishes
  • Strengthen the Catholic community’s participation in CCHD’s anti-poverty mission

We need your help identifying deserving young adults!  Please help by:

1) Nominating Catholic young adults from your diocese or organization, and

2) Getting the word out about the award to other potential nominators, including parishes, college campuses, CCHD-funded groups, your local newspapers, electronic newsletters, and your diocesan young adult ministry office.

The nomination form is downloadable on the website.

Nominations are due by March 15.

New Resource: Creating a Climate for Solidarity 35th Anniversary of St. Francis Named as the Patron Saint of Those Who Promote Ecology

October 2014 marks the 35th anniversary of St. Francis named as the Patron Saint of those who promote ecology by St. John Paul II. Pope Francis, equally inspired by St. Francis, highlighted early in his pontificate how the poor are disproportionately and unjustly harmed by environmental degradation, including climate change.

From St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity is a 90 minute multimedia presentation combining short video testimonials with group reflection processes that highlight the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people and communities. Each program will be offered in Parish, College, and Youth versions and in both English and Spanish.

Visit the Catholic Climate Covenant website for more information about these resources.

New Online Library of Interfaith Resources

interfaith resourcesInterfaith Youth Core is excited to announce the launch of our new online library of interfaith resources. Visit  to access over 50 different resources, including downloadable documents, videos, podcasts, and more. The library also includes a customizable search option for individuals to filter by topic and audience type, including students, faculty, and staff.