Greetings to each of you and your families! My name is Jason McKean, and I am serving as SJA’s new youth group leader. In that role, I hope to help the teens of our parish (7th-12th grade) build their own community here – fun; engaging; marked by great friends, service, and leadership; and infused with the Good News we all share in! Part of my role will also be to help our teens, should they wish, find a place in our cluster of parishes as well once our community is off and running: SJA participates in the United Catholic Youth Ministry program in our cluster, so there are many niches to grow into once we get rolling here at SJA.
A little about me: my family and I have been at SJA for about a year, and we’ve been in Skokie-Evanston since 2015. I work in the Dean of Students Office at Northwestern; before that I ran college residence hall communities, and started my career as a middle school teacher. Over time, I’ve advised, salvaged, or created about 12 student groups, so I’m excited to be with teens here to add a faith direction to the leaders our youth are becoming.
As always when starting a new thing, there are lots of needs – first and foremost being teens. I’ve got some ideas for things to do: ice cream and game nights, trips, teen Masses, service experiences, mentor time – but surely you all will have better stuff! The group meets on Sunday evenings, and watch the St. Joan of Arc Calendar for specific dates. I can be reached at [email protected] and look forward to meeting you!