Sophomores, juniors and seniors who participated in Cristo Rey Jesuit’s DiscoverU Summer Internship Program gathered recently to talk about their travels to other countries, or their hiking experiences in the US, or their experiences with engaging online classes. Although the DiscoverU Program, a non-profit organization that connects economically challenged youth to Fantastic Learning Opportunities™ (FLO™), had to make some adjustments due to pandemic restrictions, students were able to travel to Italy, Spain, Morocco, Ecuador and many more places this summer to fulfill students’ dreams while learning more about other cultures.
Students who were unable to travel due to Covid-19 restrictions participated in online programs like Rice University’s Energy Explorations Academy. Participants received kits at their homes with the necessary supplies to learn more about different forms of energy.
Some Cristo Rey Jesuit students hiked in the Ozarks through our partnership with The Woods Project, gaining so much more than travel experiences. During DiscoverU trips, students hone in on leadership abilities, brush up on educational skills and practice independence.
More than 200 Cristo Rey Jesuit students have traveled the world to study everything from engineering to culinary arts since the inception of the DiscoverU Program at Cristo Rey Jesuit five years ago.
Cristo Rey Jesuit’s Enrichment Program Coordinator Beth Speck is meeting with 9th-11th graders during College Readiness classes about upcoming DiscoverU opportunities.