Senior Augustin Khey is the winner of the 2021 John Paul II Youth Award, part of the Archbishop's Annual Vatican II Awards! Khey was nominated by Campus Minister Jodie Scordo as someone who exemplifies the ideals of Cristo Rey Jesuit's community service program. Khey lead the school in community service hours by volunteering at his church and as a translator between patients and doctors at the Milwaukee Consortium for Hmong Health.

"Augustin is a student who recognizes the values and gifts he has received from his community and, in turn, gives back to the community with his own time, gifts, and talents with incredible generosity," Scordo said. "Augustin has taken on roles within his community to help lift people up and create a better world based on his Catholic faith. He is a student who takes seriously Jesus’s call to come follow me and serve those at the margins. Augustin is a great example and inspiration for us all."

Faith has always been important to Khey and his family, and he sees the service opportunities at Cristo Rey Jesuit as a chance to live out his faith. "It gives me a chance to provide and give back to my community," Khey said. "With or without the award, I know for certain that I will continue to live out my Catholic faith through service to others. I want to be a person that can give back because in the end, we only have each other in the world.

The Cristo Rey Jesuit community congratulates Augustin on this well-deserved award. We are grateful to Augustin and all of his classmates for their commitment to an average of 1,200 community service hours each year.
Senior Aniya cuts the ribbon at CRJ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 15th
It’s important to pause and celebrate accomplishments. September 15th was a celebratory and memorable day at Cristo Rey Jesuit. We officially, after waiting over a year due to COVID restrictions, cut the ribbon to commemorate the opening of our new campus. We paused to recall all that our students, staff, and supportive community members have accomplished since Cristo Rey Jesuit’s inception in 2015.

Six years ago, we established this school, starting with 129 freshmen. Since then, we’ve grown to a student body of nearly 440 students to be among the largest Cristo Rey schools in our national network. We collaborated with dozens of businesses to provide students with rich work experiences. We raised millions of dollars for investment in our students, programs, employees, and facilities. We developed a faith formation program for both our students and staff members. We achieved 100% college acceptance for each of our three graduating classes with every graduate realizing at least one four-year college acceptance. Alumni have been invited to work for Milwaukee corporations such as Northwestern Mutual, Advocate Aurora, Baird, Mortenson Construction, Husch Blackwell, and others while they attend college.

We celebrate because our students have opened doors of education and opportunity that they may have never imagined for themselves. Our alumni are professionally finding their way to places that are hungry for diverse, educated young people. Simply put, Cristo Rey Jesuit Trailblazers have begun to transform Milwaukee.

Someone once told me, “Never put a period where God intends a comma.” While we pause and celebrate our new campus and all those who make it more than just a building, it is just a comma. 1818 West National Avenue is just the beginning for CRJ students and the community, and the impact that they make as future leaders will be worthy of an exclamation point!
CRJ students return from their first day of work through the Corporate Work Study Program
Unique to a Cristo Rey Jesuit education is the Corporate Work Study Program. During the first week of September, 60 partners welcomed more than 300 students to their workplaces throughout the greater Milwaukee area. Several more partners will be ready for students to start work in October. CWSP is excited for even more students to start their 2021-22 work experience.

Gina from Baird shared that her first year student had a great first day. "Diego was courteous, followed all of the CWSP guidelines, and helped his fellow classmate find his way around the building. We are looking forward to a great year with Diego on our team!"

Kristin at Hatch Staffing Services shared that having her student worker back in the office has been a breath of fresh air! She shared that "Senior Emily has recalled so much from her sophomore year and we were able to expedite the training significantly as a result. She will be great in this position and has picked up right where she left off."

Students work in a variety of industries while gaining real world work experience in finance and accounting, human resources, marketing, research, customer service, legal, and technology departments.
You can be a part of the CWSP experience by becoming a volunteer van driver. As a driver, you'll meet Cristo Rey Jesuit students and discover first hand about their work experience while fulfilling a crucial part of the work study mission, getting students to and from work! Van drivers can commit to one or more shifts per week. Contact CWSP Manager of Operations Kaylee Beck if interested.
SAVE THE DATE: Milwaukee Stars Merengue is back!
Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at the Wisconsin Center

Don't miss this opportunity to see Milwaukee celebrities take the stage with a professional dance partner to entertain and raise funds to benefit Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's rigorous academics, innovative Corporate Work Study Program and faith formation.
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