El Camino is also thrilled to partner with several other local organizations. These include:
• St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church: We have a close partnership with our neighboring parish, St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church [link]. St. Rita’s pastor celebrates mass for our children and families; provides family faith formation; and administers the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation for our children.
• World Youth Alliance: El Camino has also partnered with the World Youth Alliance, implementing the Human Dignity Curriculum, a unique program that focuses on personal development based on respect of one’s own human dignity and the dignity of others. Each lesson focuses on the “big picture” theme of how a proper understanding of the human person leads to human flourishing—helping students to understand and develop healthy habits, good decision-making skills, and a strong sense of meaning and purpose. At our middle school campus, we will be piloting TeenFemm and TeenMen, a sexual education module that provides seven hours of instruction on achieving human excellence in personal behaviors and choices. The HDC is intended as an alternative to existing sexual education programs, which are often confused and wholly inadequate.
• Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal: We have a growing partnership with the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal in the South Bronx. They have celebrated masses for us, served as confessors, and provided faith formation and spiritual direction to our staff.