2014 Youth Leadership Conference


2014 Advocacy Conference
Archbishop Mitty Advocacy students are proud to host a Leadership Conference this upcoming February 8, 2014 for Catholic High School students in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Diocese of San Jose.  The aim of this conference is to provide Bay Area Catholic students with the opportunity to collaborate and receive training on how to work with your legislators on issues pertinent to your community and Catholic Social Teaching.

Student participants from 2013 Conference with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

Student participants from 2013 Conference with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

What do I need to attend?

  • To be eligible you must attend an Archdiocesan of San Francisco or Diocese of San Jose High School.
  • Form a group of 5 or more students (for workshop training).
  • An adult staff member or teacher employed at your school.
  • Register your group in advance by emailing Advocacy Coordinator Michael Accorsi at maccorsi@mitty.com
  • $5/person for registration

Event Details:

  • February 8, 2014
  • Location:  Archbishop Mitty H.S.
  • Cost:  $5 per person
  • Registration LINK

Schedule of Events: 

9:30 a.m.      Registration                         Foyer

10:00 a.m.      Prayer Service                     Chapel

10:20 a.m.      Welcome/Networking                   Monarch Room

10:40 a.m.      Breakout Session 1              400 Wing

11:20 p.m.      Lunch/Social                       Monarch Room

11:50 p.m.      Breakout Session 2             400 Wing rooms

12:30 p.m.        Closing/Thank you             Chapel

Workshop Sessions:

  • Higher Education Costs and impact on students
  • Managing Student Issues:  Student stress, social media, and peer pressure
  • Advocacy 101:  A-Z tutorial on getting started on your campus
  • Criminal Justice Reform:  Rethinking America’s Criminal Justice system

See photographs from the 2013 Leadership Conference.

If you have additional questions or would like to volunteer to participate in this year’s conference, please contact the Advocacy Coordinator, Michael Accorsi at maccorsi@mitty.com or call (408) 342-4389.  We look forward to seeing you – thank you!


St. Francis Cabrini Presentation


Thank you students and staff for welcoming us to St. Francis Cabrini!


As student leaders we are so proud to be here with you today to share ways we can work together to make our community a safer and healthier place to live.  We have worked on the issue of Human Trafficking for over seven years, have traveled to Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and now to your campus to help spread awareness on this important issue.

What is MAP?  

Students at Archbishop Mitty participate in a program called MAP:  The Mitty Advocacy Project.  Our mission is to work with our Federal and State law makers to pass permanent laws to protect the most vulnerable populations across our country:  the homeless, trafficked, hungry, and poor.


MAP Students meeting with Diane Feinstein’s office in November 2013


We have worked with U.S. Congress, the California State Legislature, San Jose Police Department, The Diocese of San Jose, and even the FBI to eliminate this problem from our area and country.  Over the years over 5 bills we have proposed have been passed into law.


We are working with high schools across the nation, state and Bay Area to spread awareness on this issue.  Being at St. Francis Cabrini enables us for the first time to discuss the issue with the population that could perhaps be the most helpful.  We are most impacted by issues that affect our age group – traffickers target 12-17 year old children – so working together to spread awareness only helps prevent the issue from spreading.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions or converse about trafficking or any issues with your parents and teachers.


If you’re interested in learning more about Human Trafficking MAP has put together an informational sheet on how to get started.  Here is the LINK.

Slavery Map: www.slaverymap.org

We have also made a video of our work in the San Jose area – please check it out.

Human Trafficking Video