Course Catalog: Community Service & Social Justice Department
Community Service Requirements
- Grade Level - Independent, supervised study
- Length - Minimum 100 Service Hours
- Type of Course - Required for Graduation, Due at Senior Registration Day
In the Grad at Grad: Profile 2020, we envision our graduates as mature young adults - emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, and religiously. In addition to classroom lessons, we challenge our students to take their education beyond the school doors and into the real world. It is through an engagement with the local community that the Community Service Requirement helps to foster clear values that guide SI students toward a stronger understanding of charity and justice. The SI Service Requirement is integral to our Ignatian Mission as well as a central focus of Catholic Social Teaching. As such, this requirement calls for each student to make a commitment to volunteer activity that embodies direct service to those most marginalized in our larger society.
The SI Community Service Requirement carries a curricular obligation for each student to participate in service to others for at least 100 hours. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service activities during their time at SI. Assistance and support is given to students through their collaboration with the staff of our SI Community Service Program. For the most part, all volunteer experiences may be credited to a student’s service commitment as long they are completed with and through a nonprofit, nonpartisan agency and the appropriate documentation is provided in a timely manner to the Community Service Office for verification.
The Ignatian heart of this requirement is a student's Core Service Project. We ask that students plan, prepare, and engage in a Core Service Project with the goal that this service will challenge them to:
- Go beyond their immediate community to provide hands-on service to others in a way that addresses a social justice issue;
- Critically and spiritually reflect through an Ignatian journaling process;
- Provide service to those who are most “marginalized or disadvantaged” within our communities” (examples include immigrants, elderly, frail/ill, homeless, mentally or physically challenged, children in foster care);
- Utilize their planning skills through the process of creating and implementing a project that builds upon their passions and special gifts; and
- Make a commitment to one issue area and to one nonprofit organization for the duration of their project. Core Projects can be of any length as determined by the student, though not less than 40 hours of committed service with the same agency.