High School Communities
The St Vincent de Paul Society is a large organisation committed to the Catholic faith that works to improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged by giving them a ‘hand up’ and by advocating on social justice issues. The Society is often referred to as ‘Vinnies’. In the Sydney Archdiocese Central Council Vinnies has over two thousand volunteer Members and around one hundred and fifteen Conferences (groups of people who meet regularly and support people in their local community).
What is a High School Conference?
A High School Conference is a structured and active body of students within a school community who aim to make a difference to those who are disadvantaged and marginalised. This group of students, supported and guided by staff from their school and Vinnies, meet to discuss and organise ways to help others who are facing challenges in their lives, be it within their own school community, or beyond.
What does a High School Conference do?
A High School Conference is about doing good works in the community, but it is also about young people meeting to talk and share ideas and concerns, to have fun and to support each other.
Those members of a High School Conference who are 16 years and over are able to participate in programs such as Buddies’ Days and Green Team. These programs provide a safe, structured environment where young people’s knowledge of social justice issues is fostered and they are supported to take action that makes a real difference in the lives of others.
Organising and participating in Winter Appeals, Sleepouts and Christmas Appeals and supporting specialised services across the Sydney Archdiocese through donations and behind the scene activities such as making sandwiches for our mobile van services provides students with the opportunity to put their faith in action and develop a deeper understanding of gospel values and Catholic social justice principles.