The KBI hosted the Third Annual Walking in Mercy Youth Summit and several immersions; Father Pete Neeley spoke about the border and the KBI’s mission in Akron, Ohio; and there are fundraising efforts, from the large-scale to the personal, around the corner—the Eighth Annual Kino Border Initiative Dinner on March 3 in Phoenix, Arizona and the efforts of a KBI immersion alum who is running the L.A. Marathon to raise money for the KBI. Heartfelt thanks to all!
- Annual Phoenix Dinner: The Eighth Annual Kino Border Initiative Dinner in Phoenix is coming up! Reserve your place now for this Saturday, March 3, 2017 event at https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/2018-kbi-annual-dinner-reservation/. For more information about the event, please contact dinner committee co-chairs Lisa Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org and Lucy Howell at email@example.com. Thanks to all for your ongoing support of the KBI!
Third Annual Walking in Mercy Youth Summit: In early February, Kino Teens from six southern Arizona high schools gathered in Tucson at Salpointe Catholic High School for an afternoon of workshops and discussion about the migrant experience and ways to accompany and advocate for migrants in their communities. After lunch, migrant stories, and an opening prayer, the 60 participants broke into groups to create crosses inspired by Pope Francis’s annual theme for World Day of Migrants and Refugees— to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate migrants and refugees—the significance and embodiment of each instruction also explored in the workshops afterwards. Bishop Gerald Kicanas addressed those gathered, and the KBI’s Father Sean Carroll, S.J. celebrated Mass with everyone. The participants left with advocacy ideas, communication tools, renewed commitment, and those beautiful crosses, one to each school. As one of these young advocates and future leaders said of the summit, “I found it pretty remarkable to realize what I can do in this situation as a high school student, right now.”
- The KBI on the Road: As part of the KBI’s education and advocacy efforts, Father Pete Neeley, S.J., Associate Director of Education, traveled to Akron, Ohio where he spoke to 200 business leaders of the First Friday Club, a group that invites Catholic thinkers, teachers and leaders to the area to promote greater understanding of issues affecting faith, family, and community. Father Pete also gave presentations at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland (home to the Kino Cats, a chapter of the Kino Teens) and Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls.
- Running for the KBI: Chicago native and prospective Neuroscience major at Pomona College, Shawn Trimble is taking his values on the road—he’s turned his upcoming run in the Los Angeles Marathon on March 18 into a KBI fundraiser. He credits his week-long KBI immersion experience in 2015, when he was a student at St. Ignatius College Prep, with opening his eyes to the challenges faced by undocumented immigrants and the need for a more compassionate immigration policy. Now as a college sophomore, he participates in the LatinX Alliance, an on-campus advocacy group; continues to be an avid runner (with a background in Track & Field and Cross Country competitions); and plans to apply to medical school next year. Motivated by the cancellation of DACA in September, Shawn signed up for the marathon—his first—in solidarity with DACA students, faculty, and staff at his college and throughout the country, yet another way to accompany migrants and raise awareness. To make a donation in support of Shawn and the KBI, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/26-2forhumanity. ¡Muchísimas gracias y buena suerte, Shawn!
- Immersion Experiences: In January, the KBI hosted five immersion experiences with student and professional groups from around the country. One school, Salesianum School, is the site of a Kino Teens chapter.
|Immersion Group||# of participants||# of days at the KBI|
|Ignatian Colleagues Program
|10 participants||7 days|
|20 participants||1 day|
|14 participants||2 days|
|10 participants||4 days|
|Brophy College Preparatory
|10 participants||1 day|