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Sophomore Social Justice Project


Sophomore Year: Social Justice Oral History Project in English class


The Sophomore English curriculum  contains a social justice oral history project that is completed as part of the To Kill a Mockingbird unit. It requires students to interview an individual who has had a positive or negative experience with a social justice issue and complete some journalistic/literary tasks with the transcript. In order to extend this project to fulfill the sophomore service requirement, there are 3 additional stages:


  • Advocacy action: students will conduct additional research on the social justice issue they have chosen. Afterwards, they will design and execute an advocacy plan. This could be a letter to a Congressperson or alderman, a petition, or an education/awareness event, etc. English teachers will provide guidance on proper composition of this type of writing.
  • Direct service: students will design a DIRECT service project (10 hour minimum) that addresses the same social justice issue from the interview and advocacy stages. Ms. Bologa will provide resources, links, and individual assistance.
  • Reflection: students will complete a written theological reflection in the spring to accompany documentation of their direct service project. It will include some social analysis, Catholic Social Teaching, and a connection to the Sophomore religion curriculum (Old Testament, Sacraments).


Students will have until March 9th  to complete the direct service portion of the project. Please log your hours using the "Sophomore Service Hour Submission" link, as well as submit a signed paper copy of the "Christian Service" form to Ms. Bologa.


Sophomores, please check out the links below to organizations which might be of aid to you as you plan your project. 





These are some links to help you start thinking about the advocacy and direct service stages of your social justice oral history project. You may use them as starting points, but feel free to do more research on your own. If your topic is not here, talk to Ms. Bologa and she'll help you find some resources. 


Catholics Confront Global Poverty
advocacy organization of the US Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, features different issues and action alerts (currently: refugees, human trafficking, climate change)

Catalog of Chicago Activism
a list of activist, social change, and advocacy organizations in Chicago



Environmental Justice 

Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO)
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)

Homelessness/Affordable Housing
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Heartland Alliance-Housing
Housing Action Illinois

National Immigrant Justice Center
Immigrant Youth Justice League
Latinos Progresando
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants
Interfaith Immigration Coalition
Centro Romero (family services)
Universidad Popular (education)
Poder Works (education)
Latinos Progresando
Taller de Jose
Erie Neighborhood House
Instituto del Progreso Latino
Casa Central
Su Casa Catholic Worker
The Resurrection Project
Enlace-Legal & Immigration Services
rida Kahlo Community Organization (education)
Latino Organization of the Southwest

Women's Rights/Issues
Mujeres Latinas en Accion

Domestic Violence
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
DV Outreach at the Archdiocese of Chicago

Community Development Organizations
The Resurrection Project (housing, immigration)
Instituto del Progreso Latino (education, workforce development, citizenship)
Interfaith Leadership Project of Cicero, Berwyn, Stickney (civic engagement & social justice)

Worker's Rights/Labor Practices
ARISE Chicago
Latino Union of Chicago
Chicago Community & Worker's Rights
Interfaith Worker Justice
Jobs With Justice
Human Thread Campaign (justice for garment workers)

Click here for a great introduction to the services available to refugees in Chicago and the organizations that provide them.
Refugee One
Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
World Relief Chicago
Jesuit Refugee Service

The Arc of Illinois
El Valor (Adult Services)
L'Arche Chicago

Domestic Violence
*Due to the sensitive nature of domestic violence, most direct service volunteers are required to complete a 40-hour Domestic Violence Training program. Since this would be difficult for high school students, you might need to look for opportunities in childcare, tutoring, special events, or office help @ some of these agencies.

House of the Good Shepherd
Sarah's Inn
Su Casa Catholic Worker
Mujeres Latinas en Accion
Pillars (Chicago suburbs)
Neopolitan Lighthouse
Between Friends
Family Rescue

Hunger & Homelessness
Greater Chicago Food Depository
La Casa Norte
Safe Haven

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