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M-PACTful Work for Justice

Despite Covid restrictions, the Class of 2023 continued our twelve-year tradition by participating in a reimagined version of M-PACT as their culminating project in Social Justice class. Students worked in teams to conduct extensive research on a contemporary justice issue of their choice and then produced educational videos to inform young people on how to engage in meaningful actions to transform the injustice. Topics ranged from elder abuse and AAPI discrimination to modern-day slavery and the Uyghur genocide. The research process required students to interview individuals with direct personal and professional experience with the injustice and to determine which non-profit organization they believe is executing the most effective charity and justice work on the issue. After viewing the video presentations, Upper School students voted to select the three most impactful videos. Marymount awarded grants to the following teams for the non-profit for which they advocated:
  • Make the Road New York: $5,000  (Issue: healthcare for immigrants)
    Kyra B., Kate F., Isabella G., and Nathalie R. 
  • New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault: $2,500  (Issue: sexual assault)
    Scarlett B., Megan B., Elizabeth J., and Ayevah M. 
  • The Uyghur Human Rights Project: $1,500  (Issue: the Uyghur genocide)
    Caroline C., Paulina M-B., Andrea R. A., and Caroline V.
In addition, each team submitted their non-profit analysis and financial fact sheet to the Bank of New York Mellon (Howard Gilman Foundation) for consideration. We are proud to announce that BNY has awarded additional $5,000 grants to five different organizations advocated for by M-PACT groups from the Class of 2023:
  • Community Connections for Youth  (Issue: juvenile justice reform)
    Kate G., Rebecca D., and Eliza L. 

  • Child Mind Institute  (Issue: mental healthcare for teens in vulnerable communities)
    Victoria A., Grazia H., Sarah S., and Zoë V. 

  • Fearless! (Issue: teen dating abuse)
    Audrey H.,  Maya M., Maitane P., and Abby T.

  • Institute for Family Health  (Issue: healthcare for African Americans)
    Dalyn B., Taya C., and Annamarie M.

  • Make the Road New York  (Issue: healthcare for immigrants)
    Kyra B., Kate F., Isabella G., and Nathalie R. 
In its twelve-year history, the M-PACT program has raised a total of $585,000 for non-profit organizations that effect positive change in our local community. Congratulations to all our winning teams!