The Cristo Rey Jesuit Volunteer Program connects men and women who wish to serve as educators in a low-income community with the opportunity to work in an innovative educational environment. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School was established to provide Latino families of Chicago’s Southwest Side with the opportunity to provide their children with a Jesuit, college preparatory education.
The CRJV Program was founded in 1999 in response to the extensive needs and limited resources of Cristo Rey. It has grown to be a vital part of delivering quality, affordable education to our students. Our sister school, Christ the King, also has a Volunteer Program, and they serve the students and families of the Austin neighborhood. Our volunteers are university graduates from throughout the U.S. They demonstrate a commitment to social justice, spiritual and personal growth, and intentional community living – all tenets of our program. Our volunteers give of their gifts and talents to serve the students and families of Cristo Rey. They live in intentional community and benefit from lives committed to reflection and action as they live out the program's mission statement:
We, the Cristo Rey Jesuit Volunteers, strive to become men and women for others through our service to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, our dedication to living simply in an intentional faith-based community, and our commitment to spiritual/personal development.