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Today’s societal challenges are causing young people to feel less hopeful about the future, negatively impacting their mental health. Educators are called to address this crisis and provide opportunities for young people to experience hope. Jesuit colleges and universities are uniquely poised to do so given their focus on caring for the whole person and the recent release of the Universal Apostolic Preferences, which prioritize “journeying with youth in the creation of a hope-filled future.” High-impact practices at Jesuit institutions could particularly be effective given the ways in which they intellectually engage students and help students cultivate a sense of belonging. Therefore, this study examines the combination of two high-impact practices (first-year seminars/experiences and service-learning) at The College of the Holy Cross to better understand if and how they facilitate and cultivate hope. Findings indicate that first-year seminars with a service-learning component do positively impact students’ sense of hope for the future because of the ways they help students: connect with others; witness individuals and institutions who are impacting change; increase their confidence and feeling of worthiness; develop a sense of purpose and understanding of mission; and reflect on and live out their personal values.



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