The Secondary “Youth Vinnies” program builds on the “Mini-Vinnies” program in the Primary School. It is a component of the St.Vincent de Paul Society, which has more than 40,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 150 countries and has over 800,000 members. The Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.
Secondary students are invited to participate in the program and meet regularly to discuss social justice issues and ensuing actions such as fundraising as well as creative ways to educate the college community. Activities include: Secondary Schools Social Justice Day, supporting both the Winter & Christmas SVdP Appeals, Pancake Day, free dress day, a sleepout overnight at the College and social events each term such as ten pin bowling and games nights. The group also visits the residents from Brownesholme Retirement Village in Highfields. The group is committed to serving others by living the mission of Jesus with humility and compassion. The group also strives to build community by giving witness to John 10:10 “I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.”