St. Ignatius

Course Catalog: Community Service & Social Justice Department

  • Independent study, supervised and supported by CSSJ staff.
  • Length - Minimum 75 Service Hours and Core Capstone Assignment
  • Type of Course - Required for Graduation, completed by Registration Day, start of Senior Year.

The Community Service and Social Justice Project is integral to our Catholic and Ignatian mission, challenging students to serve as Jesus did.  The “Graduate at Graduation” invites students to take their education beyond the school building and into our larger community.  Through community service, engagement, and reflection, students are challenged to grow intellectually, physically, socially, and religiously.  This project requires a commitment to direct service of the most marginalized in our society.

The Community Service and Social Justice Project requires each student to complete at least 75 total hours of service to the community.  Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service activities.  At least 40 of these hours must be in the Core Capstone Project with the remainder as Service Hours.  Assistance and support is given to students by the staff of the Office of Community Service and Social Justice.

Students who do not complete the project prior to the first day of Senior Year, will be ineligible for participation in any co-curricular activities or graduate until the project requirements are fulfilled.


                                                        SERVICE HOURS
Classes of 2023 & 2024

Students must log 35 service hours between the first day of Freshman Year and the first day of Senior Year.  These may be served at different non-profit agencies/organizations.
All students will complete the Core Capstone Project (below).

Class of 2025
Each student at SI is required to complete 75 hours of service before their senior year.  Students must complete 15 service hours during their Freshman Year and 20 service hours during their Sophomore Year.  The remaining 40 Service Hours will be completed through their Core Capstone Project, which asks them to engage in direct service with a marginalized population at one non-profit agency/organization.

9th Grade:  15 Service Hours

  • All students will receive 5 service hours for their participation in the required Frosh Retreat with the St. Anthony Foundation.
  • Students must complete an additional 10 service hours between the first day of Freshman Year and May 2, 2022.  All hours must be completed at a non-profit agency/organization.  Students may volunteer at multiple non-profit organizations to complete their 10 remaining service hours.

10th Grade:  20 Service Hours

  • Students must log 20 service hours between May 2, 2022, and May 1, 2023, at a pre-approved non-profit agency/organization.  Students may volunteer at multiple pre-approved non-profit organizations to complete their 20 Sophomore service hours.

All students will complete the Core Capstone Project (below).

Class of 2026
Each student at SI is required to complete 75 hours of service hours before their senior year.  Students must complete 15 service hours during their Freshman Year and 20 service hours during their Sophomore Year from a list of pre-approved non-profit organizations.  The remaining 40 Service Hours will be completed through their Core Capstone Project, which asks them to engage in direct service with a marginalized population at one non-profit agency/organization.

9th Grade:  15 Service Hours

  • All students will receive 5 service hours for their participation in the required Frosh Retreat with the St. Anthony Foundation.
  • Students must complete an additional 10 service hours between the first day of Freshman Year and May 1, 2023.  All hours must be completed at a pre-approved non-profit agency/organization.  Students may volunteer at multiple non-profit organizations to complete their 10 remaining service hours.

10th Grade:  20 Service Hours

  • Students must log 20 service hours between May 1, 2023, and May 1, 2024, at a pre-approved non-profit agency/organization from a list provided.  

All students will complete the Core Capstone Project (below).

Please note the following guidelines apply to all students.
Service Hour Guidelines:

  • Students will log all of their hours on the MobileServe app.
  • Service hours must be completed at a registered non-profit agency/organization.
  • Hours must be verified by an adult volunteer supervisor at the non-profit service agency/organization with a .gov, .edu., or .org email address.
    • A volunteer supervisor or verifier cannot be a parent/guardian.
    • Students cannot verify hours for other students.
    • Students cannot verify their own hours.
  • Students cannot serve other SI students to gain service hours.
    • Qualifies:  Coaching middle school students at SI Summer School
    • Does not qualify:  Volunteering in the weight room to help SI students.
  • Students cannot pay to participate.  Volunteer work that requires payment does not qualify for service.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  We do not credit hours from:
    • partisan political organizations, on-campus club fundraisers, babysitting, tutoring a neighbor's child, mowing a neighbor's lawn, alter serving or lectoring at church services.

                                              CORE CAPSTONE PROJECT

All SI students must complete their 40 Core Hours and Core Capstone Assignment between the summer after their Sophomore year and first day of their Senior year.  This dedication through a Core Capstone Project invites our students to build personal relationships with agency clients and staff through significant and enduring service.

The goals of the Core Capstone Project are to engage students in service beyond their immediate community, push them to explore new social issues, and encourage a commitment to one non-profit agency/organization for the duration of the project.  By providing hands-on, direct service, students build meaningful, personal connections with marginalized communities and persons in ways that transform their commitment to justice.  The Core Capstone Project also engages students in social analysis and reflection, inviting them to ask questions about the root causes of social issues and make connections to their faith.  The Core Capstone Project is at the heart of a Jesuit education because it challenges students to develop their own gifts and talents, examine structural injustices, and discern how to build a more just world.

The Core Capstone Project is at the heart of our Catholic, Ignatian mission.  Students plan, prepare, and engage in a Core Capstone Project with the goal that this experience will challenge them to:

  1. Utilize their planning skills, creating and implementing a project that builds upon their passions and special gifts.
  2. Go beyond their immediate community to provide personal, hands-on service to others in a way that addresses a social justice issue.
  3. Make a commitment to one issue and one agency for the duration of the project.  Core Capstone Projects can be any length as determined by the student and the needs of the non-profit agency/organization.
  4. Provide direct, interpersonal service to communities and individuals experiencing marginalization in our society.
  5. Reflect critically and spiritually through the Core Capstone Assignment.

Core Capstone Project Guidelines:

  • Students complete 40 hours for their Core Capstone Project.
  • Students research and contact a non-profit organization of interest to them
  • After initial contact, students must submit a proposal via this Google Form to be approved by the Community Service and Social Justice Office before starting their volunteer work for the Core Capstone Project.
  • Students must complete a Core Capstone Assignment.
  • Students have 6 months to complete their 40 service hours and Core Capstone Assignment after receiving approval of their proposal.
  • Each student must complete 40 hours and Core Capstone Assignment before the first day of their Senior year.

For more information, please review
https://www.siprep.org/about-us/offices/community-service-social-justice