Service to community is an important aspect of the mission of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, and students identify a wide variety of ways to fulfill that mission each and every day. Most recently, Nicole Adegoke ’22 and Haley Robinson ’22 participated in the 2020 Scholars in Service program at Covenant House Georgia, an organization that supports young survivors of trafficking as well as youths facing homelessness.
They were among 43 students from 25 Atlanta high schools who began working with the program in October 2020. The Scholars in Service program allows the students to make professional and personal connections through service projects, interacting with Covenant House staff and residents, and community fundraising. The students raised more than $49,000 to support the young people who benefit from Covenant House Georgia’s mission. Scholars in Service concluded on MLK Day, Jan. 18.
In a typical year, the Scholars in Service visit Covenant House to talk with the residents of the house and participate in seminars to learn about human trafficking and prevention. Over the past few months their meetings and interactions were held virtually, and students directed more time and efforts toward fundraising. They also learned about the signs of human trafficking, the number of young people who become involved with trafficking and issues surrounding homelessness.
Nicole participated in the program both in 2019 and 2020. “One of the most impactful experiences was talking with the kids and to learn how far they have come,” she said. “A lot of people are struggling and I’ve learned not to judge them.”
The goal of Covenant House Georgia’s Scholars in Service program is to foster the next generation of Atlanta’s leaders, community advocates and philanthropists. Through their participation, the students were able to learn about a critical issue in Atlanta while making an impact on the lives of young people.