There is a new group of superheroes in town – and they are ready to change South for the better. The Economic Justice League, an action group formed in the 2016-2017 school year, aims to help students in the SEHS community who are facing economic hardships that impede on their daily lives. The EJL encompasses The Closet and food pantry supplies, and coordinates efforts with groups like Axemen Angels and Student Government.
“We are trying to provide resources to those students who are going through challenging circumstances and make sure that they have these needs met,” South senior and co-president of the EJL first responders Avery Iseli said.
EJL aims to provide for the basic necessities of students, including food, clothing, hygiene and toiletry products, and even housing if it is needed.
“It’s not one of those things where you have to be absolutely starving to come get food from us,” Iseli said. “It’s like, if you haven’t eaten in a while, maybe a day, you can come see us and we can get you that food.”
The truth is, there are some students at South that face these problems every day, and it is extremely hard for someone to know who or where they can ask for help.
“I am not a mandatory reporter,” Iseli stressed. “Through confidentiality, we’re here to make students’ lives better and get these needs met.”
The EJL ultimately wants students to know that they are here not to judge, but to help in any way they can.
“Asking for help is not something to be ashamed of, and that’s why we’re here,” Iseli said.