What is Mini Vinnies
Mini Vinnies empowers primary school students to become advocates within their school and local community by putting their values into action. They meet regularly to learn about social justice issues, develop leadership skills and engage with the wider St Vincent de Paul Society.
Who can start a Mini Vinnies
All primary schools are welcome to start a Mini Vinnies; it is not just open to Catholic schools. You will need a group of students who are interested in getting involved and a parent or teacher willing to support the group, as well as permission from the school.
Mini Vinnies can be made up of students from a range of school years for example 2 students from each school class or only students from specific school years for example year 6 students. Most Mini Vinnies consist of students in Years 4, 5 and 6.
Where is the service located
Mini Vinnies meet regularly at school during recess or lunchtime, groups usually run fundraisers and other events on the school grounds however they may visit other schools, aged care facilities or similar for special projects.
Who benefits from Mini Vinnies
Mini Vinnies is about doing good works in the community that benefit people facing social injustice. It is also about young people meeting to talk, share ideas and concerns, to have fun and support each other.
The Mini Vinnies model of “See, Think, Do” is a great way to get young people thinking and talking about their spirituality and to connect their faith with issues affecting their community through volunteering, advocacy and fundraising. Not only do the students in Mini Vinnies benefit from the experience but also the school and wider community.
Some Mini Vinnies may choose to focus on their local community while others will also have an international focus by supporting the Assist a Student Program.