Educational Institutions

Ignatian Solidarity Network, Inc.

  • University Heights, OH
  • www.ignatiansolidarity.net

Mission Statement

The Ignatian Solidarity Network promotes leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools, parishes, and ministries by educating its members on social justice issues; by mobilizing a national network to address those issues; and by encouraging a life-long commitment to the “service of faith and the promotion of justice.”

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
  3. High School Social Justice Leadership Summit
  4. University Social Justice Leadership Summit
Service Areas

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National

We work with individuals connected with Jesuit parishes, universities, and high schools, and the larger church throughout the United States.

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2011

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Mr. Christopher G Kerr

Keywords

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Jesuit, Ignatian, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Teach-In for Justice, Leadership development, social justice, human rights, Salvadoran Martrys, martyrs, El Salvador, Jesuit network, Ignatian Solidarity Network, peace, solidarity, environmental justice, immigration, domestic poverty, Catholic

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EIN

34-2000767

 Number

7940420147

Physical Address

2200 Green Road

University Heights, OH 44118

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Grounded in the spiritual vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola and committed to “the gospel of Jesus Christ in which faith and justice are undivided” (Pedro Arrupe, S.J.), the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) unites Jesuit institutions and the broader Ignatian family for a transformative experience of solidarity.

Inspired by the witness of the Salvadoran martyrs, ISN is committed to serving the next generation of leaders who will shape the church’s work for faith-justice.  ISN strives to create a community of empowered individuals and institutions rooted in Christian faith, committed to Gospel justice, and united in a common purpose.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

ISN has three primary program areas. Each of these areas focus on justice education and promoting the best practices of social justice ministry, advocacy, and leadership development. 1. National Ignatian Family Teach-In?s: ISN hosts two national Teach-In's each year. These are conferences for students, families, and lay leaders associated with Jesuit institutions and ministries. They provide a forum for learning, theological reflection, and social analysis on emerging justice issues. 2. Regional Justice Leadership Conferences Once a year, ISN convenes a regional conference to highlight the best practices of social and pastoral ministries in a particular Jesuit Province. This conference moves from province to province each year, and focuses on the particular geographic region, challenges, and opportunities in the hosting province. 3. Electronic Advocacy & Networking ISN is a central clearinghouse of information and resources for the broader Ignatian family. We offer a wide range of electronic advocacy and networking services, including the ISN newsletter, ISN Message Board, Calendar of Events, Immediate Action Alerts, and an electronic database of justice education resources and contacts.

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Program 2

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

In remembrance of the UCA martyrs who gave their lives as they walked with the poor of El Salvador, the Ignatian family teach-in invites members of institutions and the broader church to come together in mid-November to hear inspiring speakers, attend breakout sessions, network with colleagues and peers across the nation, and strengthen advocacy skills. Traditionally the teach-in includes an advocacy Day, where the Ignatian family will use our collective power and meet with elected officials on Capitol Hill.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 3

High School Social Justice Leadership Summit

The ISN High School Leadership Summit builds upon the annualIgnatian Family Teach-In for Justice(http://ignatiansolidarity.net/programs/ignatian-family-teach-in/)  and invites emerging leaders from high schools and parishes in the Ignatian family to spend a weekend deepening their understanding of “a faith that does justice” and strengthening their capacity to effect positive social change.  Throughout the weekend, students will exploreThe Student Leadership Challenge(http://www.studentleadershipchallenge.com/home.aspx)  from an Ignatian and social-justice based perspective. Further, students will be given the unique opportunity to meet fellow passionate social justice leaders from high schools across the country, actively develop their leadership abilities, address contemporary injustice issues, and examine their calling to be “men and women for others. 
While attendance at the Fall Teach-In is not necessary, it provides a strong foundation for students entering into the Summit weekend.  Further, due to the nature of the ISN High School Leadership Summit, and the expectation of participants to utilize their new skills upon returning to campus, ISN seeks students currently in their sophomore, junior, or senior year. The ideal Summit participants have a passion for social justice grounded in their faith, and enter into the weekend already thinking about social justice issues or programs that they would like to address.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$25,000.00

Program 4

University Social Justice Leadership Summit

The ISN University Leadership Summit builds upon the annualIgnatian Family Teach-In for Justice(http://ignatiansolidarity.net/programs/ignatian-family-teach-in/)  and invites emerging leaders from Jesuit universities to spend a weekend deepening their understanding of “a faith that does justice” and strengthening their capacity to effect positive social change.  Throughout the weekend, students will explore the Social Change Model of Leadership, examine the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola(http://ignatiansolidarity.net/about-isn/st-ignatius-of-loyola/)  and his call to become “men and women for others,” engage with fellow campus leaders, and with the support of experienced facilitators, develop personal action plans to translate leadership skills into programs on campus.
While attendance at the Fall Teach-In is not necessary, it provides a strong foundation for students entering into the Summit weekend.  Further, due to the nature of the ISN University Leadership Summit, and the expectation of participants to translate their experiences into programs on-campus, ISN seeks students currently in their sophomore or junior year (or similar academic standing). The ideal Summit participants have a passion for social justice grounded in their faith, and enter into the weekend already thinking about social justice issues or programs that they would like to address or get started on their campus and beyond.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$20,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    -Serve as a resource for education and advocacy on social justice issues
    -Network the Ignatian family and larger church for social justice online
    -Empower leaders for social justice through in-person and online programs
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    -Online networking via social media, website, listservs, video, etc.
    -Engaging in-person programs that meet the needs and interests of constituencies at Jesuit and partner universities, high schools, and other ministries
    -Provide effective resources that allow individuals and institutions to be well-educated contemplative advocates for social justice
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Ignatian Solidarity Network has two full-time staff, part-time staff and interns. In addition we have a network of member institutions and social justice partners that can support our efforts in a variety of ways. These might include participation in steering and advisory committees for programs and initiatives. ISN is also supported in many in-kind ways by Jesuit institutions who value our partnership.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

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National

We work with individuals connected with Jesuit parishes, universities, and high schools, and the larger church throughout the United States.

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Ignatian Solidarity Network
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Ignatian Solidarity Network, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Christopher G Kerr

BIO

He served as the coordinator for social justice and immersion experience programs in John Carroll University’s campus ministry office for six years.  During this time he brought leadership to the growth of JCU’s immersion experience program, initiated a campus education on fair trade supported by Catholic Relief Services, and co-directed the Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action.
Kerr also served as a co-organizer of the Ohio Fair Trade Network and served as the chair of the host committee for the Ohio Fair Trade Expo from 2009-2011.  Prior to this he directed the campus ministry and community service programs at St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, and taught social studies, language arts, and religion at Metro Catholic Parish School in Cleveland, Ohio.  Chris also worked part-time for five years with the InterReligious Task Force on Central America, focusing on youth and young adult outreach and legislative advocacy.
He is a graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and received a B.A. in elementary education and M.A. in education administration from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Thank you for your interest in the Ignatian Solidarity Network!  We are excited to serve Jesuit institutions and the broader church by mobilizing a national network of leaders for social justice education and advocacy, in the spiritual tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. William A. Hobbs

Jesuit Secondary Education Association

Term: May 2008 - May 2012

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