Some Impressive Teens

Students from Chicago’s Cristo Rey High School, with teacher Tim Green, give up a day of their spring break to volunteer at a local pregnancy resource center

When I tell people I love my job, I really mean it. A major reason why I love it is because it gives me the chance to see firsthand the enthusiasm of grade school, high school, and college students when they’re presented with the pro-life, pro-chastity message. Last week, I had the chance to meet with a group from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, located in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. A dozen students from the school gave up a day of their spring break to volunteer at the Women’s Center, a local pregnancy resource center. The kids from Cristo Rey asked more questions than any group I’ve spoken to in a long time — a sure sign of a genuine desire to become more knowledgeable about abortion and pro-life issues.

A Unique School

Chicago’s Cristo Rey was started in 1996 as a unique high school in which students attend classes four days a week and work one day a week, usually for a major corporation. The job pays for 70% of the cost of tuition. This educational model has worked so well in Chicago that it has given birth to the Cristo Rey Network, which has since started 11 other schools in inner-city neighborhoods across the country, and has plans to open seven new ones this year, and more in 2008. Newsweek featured an article on Cristo Rey last year, and 60 Minutes aired a story on the school in 2004.

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