NOMINATED FOR BEST HIGH SCHOOL GROUP: Father Gabriel Richard Pro-Life Club 

Paige Farquhar - 22 May 2024

As the 2023-2024 academic year ends, Students for Life of America (SFLA) will be awarding groups with Best New Group, Best High School Group, Best College Group, and Best Standing With You Group distinctions – and you get to help us choose which groups deserve these awards. Father Gabriel Richard (FGR) Pro-Life Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is nominated for Best High School Group of the Year. Learn more about this group below and decide whether they’ll receive your vote:   

The Father Gabriel Richard (FGR) Pro-Life Club has been part of the FGR community for well over a decade. Their mission has always been to witness the dignity of the preborn both within their school and the greater Ann Arbor community. With over seventy active members, the group’s meetings and events are frequently attended by over one hundred students—roughly one-fifth of FGR’s student body.  

One such event was their Curbside Coffee Fundraiser, which raised over $1,100, exceeding their $1,000 goal for National Pro-Life March scholarships. Using the funds gathered, 100 students from the group could travel to Washington, D.C., for the 2024 National Pro-Life March! The group conducted another successful fundraiser in December, raising over $700 for a local pregnancy resource center with a piano concert and dessert night attended by over 100 people. At least once per quarter, about eight students volunteer at this pregnancy resource center to provide hands-on help.  

In addition to fundraising and volunteering, the FGR Pro-Life Club also focuses on training its students to change hearts and minds through dialogue and activism. They hosted an Apologetics 101 training with their Regional Coordinator, attended by 95 students. They held a National Day of Silent Solidarity, in which more than 70 students witnessed the dignity of the preborn on their campus. They also attended the Michigan Pro-Life March with over 90 students, the Lead for Life Speaker Series at the University of Detroit Jesuit with 20 students, and even pray outside Planned Parenthood once per quarter.  

Next year, the group hopes to maintain its current schedule of activities while expanding its volunteer work for crisis pregnancy centers and offering more opportunities to pray outside of abortion clinics for group members.  

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