Course Catalog: Community Service & Social Justice Department
Grade Level: Independent, supervised study
Length: Minimum 100 Service Hours
Type of Course: Required for Graduation, Due at Senior Registration Day
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 the larger community and world. 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 100 hours of service to the community. At least 40 of these hours must be in the Core Project, with the remainder as Support Hours. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of service activities. 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 Senior Registration Day will be placed on activity probation until the project requirements are fulfilled.
Support Hours: Most volunteer experiences may be credited to a student’s Support Hours as long they are completed with and through a nonprofit, nonpartisan agency and the appropriate documentation is provided in a timely manner. Service activities that are always considered Support (not Core) include:
- Activities at a student’s elementary school, such as coaching or tutoring;
- Activities organized through SI clubs, sports or tutoring;
- Coaching activities with SI sports camps, Recreation and Park programs, YMCA/ YWCA programs, Girl or Boy Scouts, etc.
Core Service Project: The Ignatian heart of this Community Service and Social Justice project is the Core Service Project. Students plan, prepare, and engage in a Core Service Project with the goal that this experience will challenge them to:
- Utilize their planning skills through the process of creating and implementing a project that builds upon their passions and special gifts;
- Go beyond their immediate community to provide personal, hands-on service to others in a way that addresses a social justice issue;
- Make a commitment to one issue area and to one nonprofit organization for the duration of their project. Core Projects can be any length as determined by the student, though not less than 40 hours of committed service with the same agency;
- Provide direct, interpersonal 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);
- Critically and spiritually reflect through an Ignatian reflection process of written and group reflective assignments.
This dedication through a Core Project invites our students to build personal relationships with agency clients and staff through significant and enduring service. For more information, http://www.siprep.org/page.cfm?p=7051