I am 100% more likely to get involved with justice work as a result of my time at CrossRoads, and in fact I already have. Having the experience of being proximate to people who are impacted by social issues allowed me to better understand these issues in terms of people-- not just facts, figures, or things I hear on the news or read in articles. The simple interactions I had motivated me to advocate for causes I care about.
We live in a society that will stigmatize or put down people who seem different. At CrossRoads, spending time with marginalized groups of people and putting flesh to the narratives I hear so often, inspired me. To this day it keeps me motivated to continue educating myself, getting involved, and challenging myself to meet other people.
The experience that CrossRoads offers to young people is something that’s very unique. It’s a life changing experience. It’s less about doing active work, like volunteering, and more about this idea of creating relationships among people, and I think that’s something that the world needs.
Fernanda Scharfenberger is a student at Presentation Academy and avid climate activist who attends St. William Catholic Church. She first visited CrossRoads during her junior year retreat and returned for a weeklong CrossWalk immersion experience this past summer.
“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”