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GROW:About Catholic Relief ServicesWHAT IS CRS?Catholic Relief Services is the officialINTEGRAL HUMANDEVELOPMENT APPROACHinternational humanitarian agency ofIf CRS and its partners:the Catholic community in the UnitedStates and a member of CaritasFaith. Action.Results. dignity by caring for poor andInternationalis. CRS eases suffering andprovides assistance to people in need inmore than 100 countries, without regardProtect human life andvulnerable people; Increase individuals’, families’ andFaith: Faith is ourfoundation. We have faithin the people we serveand our shared abilityto build a more just andpeaceful world.to race, religion or nationality.communities’ ability to recover andMISSION STATEMENTmaximizing family and community,Action: The desire toserve is not enough. Wemust act collaborativelyto bring about realimprovements in peoples’quality of life and genuineengagement in buildingpeace and justice.United States to assist the poor andResults: Demonstratedthrough measurableoutcomes, our actionsmust be effectivein alleviating humansuffering, removing rootcauses and empoweringpeople to achieve theirfull potential.grow by protecting, building andhuman, social, political, physical,Catholic Relief Services carries outfinancial, natural and spiritual assets;the commitment of the Bishops of the Promote just relationships betweenvulnerable overseas. We are motivatedall people, within and across families,by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cherish,communities and nations; andpreserve and uphold the sacredness Ensure people have the ability toand dignity of all human life, fostermake the decisions that impactcharity and justice, and embodytheir lives .Catholic social and moral teaching aswe act to: human potential in an atmosphereof peace, social justice and humanPROMOTE HUMAN DEVELOPMENTdignity,by responding to majoremergencies, fighting disease andpoverty, and nurturing peaceful andjust societies; and, Because: resilience and improve their lives,STATES as they live their faith in Catholic Church, we work with local,national and international Catholicinstitutions and structures, as well asPeople use their assets to influencestructures and systems, andbrothers around the world.As part of the universal mission of thePeople use their assets to developstrategies to manage risk, buildSERVE CATHOLICS IN THE UNITEDsolidarity with their sisters andThen people can reach their full Social equity and inclusion areessential to creating an atmosphereof peace, social justice andhuman dignity.other organizations, to assist peopleon the basis of need, not creed, raceor nationality. 5Kira Horvath for CRS

GROW:Lead the Way on MigrationTHE WORLD TODAYIn 2018, the number of migrants worldwide reached 272 million. More than 70 millionpeople have been forcibly displaced, including nearly 26 million refugees, 41 millioninternally displaced persons and 3.5 million asylum-seekers.WHEN DID WE SEE YOU A STRANGER AND WELCOME YOU?The Church believes that people have the right to find opportunities in their homecountries and that they have the right to migrate when conditions in their country oforigin preclude them from providing for the safety and well-being of their families.For more than 75 years, CRS has led the way in supporting the needs of migrantsand refugees. Our agriculture, health, education, peacebuilding and livelihoods workassists refugees worldwide to address the root causes of forced migration.THERE’S MORE WORK TO BE DONEVisit crs.org/leadtheway to learn more about how CRS works to ensure that allpeople can move freely and thrive where they are and how your actions can makean impact in the lives of people around the world.Understanding Migration“The movement of persons away from their placeof usual residence, either across an internationalborder or within a State.”—International Organization for MigrationThe term migration can apply to many different types of movement. Here are somecommon terms as defined by the IOM that you will see and hear when discussingmigration: Asylum Seeker: An individual who isa result of or in order to avoid theseeking international protection.effects of armed conflict, situationsInternally Displaced Persons (IDPs):of generalized violence, violations ofPersons or groups of persons whohuman rights or natural or human-have been forced or obliged to fleemade disasters, and who have notor to leave their homes or places ofcrossed an internationally recognizedhabitual residence, in particular asstate border.6 LEAD THE WAY STUDENT LEADER HANDBOOK

Photo by Andrew McConnell for CRS Refugee: A person who, owing to ahabitual residence as a result of suchwell-founded fear of persecution forevents, is unable or, owing to suchreasons of race, religion, nationality,fear, is unwilling to return to it.membership of a particular socialgroup or political opinion, is outside Vulnerability: Within a migrationcontext, vulnerability is the limitedthe country of his nationality andcapacity to avoid, resist, copeis unable or, owing to such fear,with or recover from harm. Thisis unwilling to avail himself of thelimited capacity is the result of theprotection of that country; or who,unique interaction of individual,not having a nationality and beinghousehold, community and structuraloutside the country of his formercharacteristics and conditions. 7

GROW:Lead the Way on HungerTHE WORLD TODAYFood is a necessity. Its scarcity shortens lives, hampers development and causesimmeasurable loss of human potential. The numbers are staggering. One in ninepeople worldwide do not have enough to eat and many lack access to enoughnutritious food. Each year, nearly 3 million malnourished children under age 5 diefrom illnesses from which healthier kids recover. One in four undernourished childrendo not grow or develop as they should. Globally, the number of children who face alifetime of developmental challenges caused by malnutrition exceeds 149 million—that’s more than twice the number of all children in the United States.Food security is defined as “All people at all times having access to sufficientsafe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy andactive life.”—World Health OrganizationLet’s break that down: “All people at all times ”: No one is excluded from this need.“ having access ”: If food is available, but it is unsafe for someone to obtain; iffood is at too great a distance; if someone cannot afford the food with their wages;or if someone who is differently abled isn’t able to get to the food, then that food isnot accessible to all people. “ to sufficient safe, nutritious food ”: The food available to people mustbe enough to fulfill caloric need. It must be safe to consume, and it must benutritiously complete—meaning a person does not have “food security” if the onlyfood he or she can afford, or access is junk food. “ to maintain a healthy and active life.”: The food available to people mustsupport a healthy life, meaning that it should not break the body down or have anegative impact on health, and it should give the ability to thrive, not just survive.WHEN DID WE SEE YOU HUNGRY?As a Church, we believe that all people have the right to regular access to healthyfood. As missionary disciples, we are compelled to respond to the needs of thehungry. We are reminded in the Gospel of Matthew that whatever we do for the least8 LEAD THE WAY STUDENT LEADER HANDBOOK

Photo by Georgina Goodwin for CRSof our sisters and brothers, we do for the Lord (Matthew 25:40). For more than75 years through CRS, Catholics in the United States have led the way in supportingshort- and long-term solutions to hunger. Together, we respond to immediateemergencies that keep people from accessing food. We prevent hunger andmalnutrition from developing in the first place. Land management and conservationprograms transform barren hillsides into productive farmland. Nutrition is deliveredto children in their critical first thousand days of life. Agricultural training increasesfood production and income. CRS programs help prevent and end hunger.THERE’S MORE WORK TO BE DONE.For every cause of food insecurity, there are proven solutions that can alleviatesuffering or prevent the crisis from ever occurring.Visit crs.org/leadtheway to learn more about how CRS works to ensure foodsecurity for all people and how your actions can make an impact in the lives ofpeople around the world. 9

LEAD:CRS ClubsThroughout history, young people have been the sparks to ignite real and lastingchange. Today across the United States and around the world, young people arestill the most active change-makers striving to alter the systems and structures thatreinforce global inequity and inequality. When young people raise their voices in thehalls of power, they use their passion and energy to lead the way to a better worldfor all people.Students in Catholic schools across the country have demonstrated this samepassion and energy to serve people around the world who struggle against theCRS ClubValuesCRS Clubs workpassionately tocontribute to a morejust, peaceful andprosperous world.CRS Clubs contributeto innovative approachesto address theworld’s most criticalhumanitarian problems.CRS Clubs are committedto the pursuit of thecommon good andfocused on deliveringsustainable solutions thatcreate lasting impact.CRS Clubs serve thosepeople in greatest needand are inspired by thepotential andopportunities ofthose communities.effects of poverty, conflict, natural disasters and systems of oppression.Through your CRS Club, you and other student leaders at your school can learnways to lift your voices and create real, positive change in the world by advocatingand fundraising around pressing global issues. By acting together, you can takeaction to be change-makers now and grow your skills to be the influencers ofpositive change into the future.CRS CLUB GUIDING PRINCIPLESSacredness and Dignity of the Human PersonCreated in the image of God, all human life is sacred and possesses a dignity thatcomes directly from our creation and not from any action of our own.Rights and ResponsibilitiesEvery person has basic rights and responsibilities that flow from our humandignity and that belong to us as human beings regardless of any social or politicalstructures. The rights are numerous and include those things that make life trulyhuman. Corresponding to our rights are duties and responsibilities to respect therights of others and to work for the common good of all.Social Nature of HumanityAll of us are social by nature and are called to live in community with others—ourfull human potential isn’t realized in solitude, but in community with others. How weorganize our families, societies and communities directly affects human dignity andour ability to achieve our full human potential.The Common GoodIn order for all of us to have an opportunity to grow and develop fully, a certainsocial fabric must exist within society. This is the common good. Numerous socialconditions—economic, political, material and cultural—impact our ability to realizeour human dignity and reach our full potential.10 LEAD THE WAY STUDENT LEADER HANDBOOK

SubsidiarityA higher level of government—or organization—should not perform any function orduty that can be handled more effectively at a lower level by people who are closerto the problem and have a better understanding of the issue.SolidarityWe are all part of one human family—whatever our national, racial, religious, economic orideological differences—and in an increasingly interconnected world, loving our neighborhas global dimensions.Option for the PoorIn every economic, political and social decision, a weighted concern must be givento the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. When we do this, we strengthenthe entire community, because the powerlessness of any member wounds the restof society.StewardshipThere is inherent integrity to all of creation and it requires careful stewardship ofall our resources, ensuring that we use and distribute them justly and equitably—aswell as planning for future generations. 11

LEAD:Roles and Responsibilities“True leadership isfruitful, and each oneof you has the seed ofleadership inside you.Make it grow. Be leaderswherever it behoovesyou to be. Leaders ofthought, leaders ofaction, leaders of joy,leaders of hope, leadersof the construction of abetter world. This is yourpath, the seed is within.”You are called to lead. Guided by theVice President:Holy Spirit, we are each called to act inThe Club’s vice president shouldthe service of our global family and tohave a similar array of skills to thosehelp others do the same. You are part ofof the president and may be in aa movement of Catholics and others ofplace of growth in approaching thosegood will across the United States, whoskills. The vice president fills in for theare striving to make the world a betterClub president temporarily duringplace, but participation is only the firstmeetings and engagements for whichstep. Tend the seed of leadership insidethe president is unavailable. The viceyou and grow in your ability to be apresident takes the lead as the Chair ofleader in the movement that will build athe Education and Outreach Committeebetter future for all people.and directs the planning of large-scaleThere are several leadership roles in CRS—POPE FRANCISClubs. These roles all work together,alongside Club committees (see pagecampus and community actions. Thisrole also includes a significant amountof public interaction.14), to engage and motivate yourSecretary:campus and larger community to pray,The secretary of your CRS Club directslearn, give and act together. There areClub communications. He or she willmany skills necessary to be successfultake notes for each Leadership andleaders for your Club. Don’t worry if youMember Meeting and work togetherdon’t have all of these skills, yet—part ofwith the president to devise meetingbeing a true leader is recognizing whereagendas. The secretary works closelythere is room for growth and putting inwith the faculty advisor to keepthe effort to learn!Club members informed with newsPresident:The president of your CRS Club shouldbe a dedicated and passionate personwho is willing to take the lead on majorevents and projects. This person shouldbe a good communicator and be readyto interface with members of thecommunity, media and congressionaloffices. The president will lead boththe Leadership and Member Meetingsas well as act as the Chair of theAdvocacy Committee.12 LEAD THE WAY STUDENT LEADER HANDBOOKfrom CRS. In addition, the secretaryparticipates as the Chair of the MediaCommittee and directs club actionsrelated to written congressionalcorrespondence, social media andmedia outreach such as letters to theeditor and op-eds. The Club secretaryshould be a great communicator withstrong attention to detail and a passionand skill for writing.

Treasurer:sources. The treasurer also chairs theThe Club treasurer leads Club actionsFundraising Committee. The personconcerning fundraising and workswho fills this role should have a passionclosely with the faculty advisor tofor the ways that charitable works helpensure that funds are donated to CRSus to serve our sisters and brothersin an appropriate and timely manner. Inaround the world and be motivated toaddition, the Treasurer is in charge oflearn more about the ways that bothfiscal education for the Club membersdirect fundraising and the congressionalas it relates CRS’ work, including theappropriations process can help peoplecongressional budgeting process, calledto escape the cycle of poverty.“appropriations,” and CRS funding“Just as a body, thoughone, has many parts,but all its many partsform one body, so it iswith Christ.”—1 CORINTHIANS 12:12Photo by Philip Laubner for CRS 13

LEAD:Club CommitteesCommittees are the driving force to getthings done in your CRS Club. Teamwork andcollaboration will help you achieve your Clubgoals and make the biggest impact. The followingcommittees are recommended, but feel free to setup whatever committees and sub-committees willhelp you be successful throughout the school year. Advocacy: The Advocacy Committee is responsible for connecting withcongressional offices in partnership with the Club secretary. The committee alsoplans meetings with congressional staff or members. This committee is chaired bythe Club president unless the Club decides otherwise. Education and Outreach: The Education and Outreach Committee plans andexecutes community education and recruitment events on campus or within thelarger community. The committee works closely with other committees to includeadvocacy and/or fundraising actions in events and to leverage media attentionfor events. This committee is chaired by the Club vice president unless the ClubPhoto by Philip Laubner for CRSdecides otherwise. Media and Communications: The Media and Communications Committeemanages communications with media, the school and congressional offices incollaboration with Advocacy Committee. The committee ensures proper mediacoverage for events and advertises upcoming events in the community. Thiscommittee is chaired by the Club secretary unless the Club decides otherwise. Fundraising: The Fundraising Committee directs all fundraising activities withinthe club, school and community. The committee oversees managing CRSRice Bowl and any other fundraising actions. It works with the Education andOutreach Committee to engage the entire community in giving opportunities. Thiscommittee is chaired by the Club treasurer unless the Club decides otherwise.14 LEAD THE WAY STUDENT LEADER HANDBOOK

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Rights and Responsibilities Every person has basic rights and responsibilities that flow from our human dignity and that belong to us as human beings regardless of any social or political structures. The rights are numerous and include those things that make life truly human. Corresponding to our rights are duties and responsibilities to .

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