We’re headed to Minnesota this year for the 2019 mission trip!
Tucson, AZ (2018)
SPR Youth spent the summer of 2018 in Tucson, Arizona to learn about im/migrant issues and allyship with those at the border. With the help of BorderLinks, a local organization that has worked on im/migrant rights for almost 30 years, we walked migrant trails in the desert, accompanied migration-related legal work, met with members of a migrant safe place for queer and trans* migrants and learned from community members, activists, and academics in Tucson and the surrounding borderlands. We were also honored to cross the U.S./Mexico border to break bread with the people of Nogales, Mexico during our trip.
Want to hear more about our trip? The young folks on the trip blogged at the SPR Facebook while we were away! Check it out to learn more about what we learned.
Detroit, MI (2017)
In August of 2017 we went to Detroit, MI to learn about the Muslim and Arab communities there and to gain some insight on how to fight Islamophobia and racism here in our own communities in Chicago. We are thankful for all of the support our SPR family showed us along the way and we hope to be a witness to our community with the knowledge we gained. Check out our Facebook page to read trip reflections from our youth. If you see a youth group member who was on the trip, ask them what they learned!
Pittsburgh, PA (2016)
For our inaugural SPR Youth mission trip, we headed to the rust belt to learn about food! We studied food justice in the context of urban spaces, rural communities, and reinvented industry towns, and heard about food sovereignty, food and conflict, and how to harvest food with faith in mind. Check the St. Paul and the Redeemer Facebook page for blogs about the trip, written by our youth participants!