Sophomore Service Experience

Description of the SLUH Sophomore Service Experience

Community service programs are instrumental in providing the type of transformative experience that is the hallmark of Jesuit education. In developing relationships with the poor and disenfranchised, students are called out of their comfort zones and challenged to examine their lives in terms of Christian justice. It is our hope that each student during their four years at SLUH will have multiple opportunities to have these encounters with people typically thought of to be on the margins of society. Through the SLUH Sophomore Service Experience, each student will have the opportunity to complete ten hours of “Service of Presence” and write a reflection on this service to be discussed and graded in the second semester theology class. This is a school requirement for the successful completion of the sophomore year.

  • Each sophomore is to complete 10 hours, all at the same site, within one of three seasons: Summer (May 1 - Aug 30, 2019), Fall (Aug 31 - Nov 22, 2019), or Winter (Nov 23, 2019 - Feb 21, 2020). Depending which season the sophomore chooses for service, the written reflection will either be due on August 30, 2019, November 22, 2019, or February 21, 2020. The final date sophomore service will be accepted is February 21, 2020. This is a school requirement for the successful completion of the sophomore year.
  • Each sophomore will choose a service site from an approved list of sites found within the X2Vol portal (Instructions attached). Within this portal, the student can do many things: research all pre-approved opportunities, find and sign up for 10 hours of service, and log those service hours.
  • The type of service required for this experience is “Service of Presence.” Generally speaking, this means that the service involves directly spending time with and getting to know people who, for one reason or another, have been marginalized. For example, serving a meal to people at a shelter would qualify as service of presence; organizing canned goods for a food drive at your parish would not.

We highly encourage sophomores to complete their service in the summer, as there are many unique camps and daytime opportunities. Experience tells us that students who wait until the winter season will most certainly be competing for service opportunities with National Honor Society (NHS) current members and applicants. FYI: for sophomores applying for NHS, the hours you complete for the Sophomore Service Experience can transfer over to your NHS application.

Thank you for your support of the Sophomore Service Experience!

Sincerely,

Fr. Ian Gibbons
Principal
igibbons@sluh.org

Mrs. Simonie Anzalone
Campus Ministry
sanzalone@sluh.org

Step 1 - Registration For Your Service Experience

    1. Open any browser and go to the following page: https://connection.naviance.com/sluh
    2. A sophomore can log in with his SLUH email and password.
    3. Scroll to the bottom of the Naviance homepage & click the word X2Vol in the blue box.
    4. Click the “Find Opportunities” button and browse through all of the “Service of Presence” and “Service of Presence Summer” opportunities. There are two types of opportunities:
        • Organizations that have determined set dates and times for service opportunities will have an orange “View Event Details” button on the right. Click on this or on the blue title of the opportunity to find a more detailed description of the opportunity, then click the green “Sign Up” button for the specific dates and times you plan to serve.
        • Organizations that have flexible volunteer hours will have a blue “Add to My Opportunities” button on the right. Click on the blue title to find a more detailed description of the opportunity and take note of the contact information. You will need to contact the organization to set up dates and times that work with your schedule. Once you do this, please go back in and click the blue “Add to My Opportunities” button on the right. This will allow you to log your hours later.
    5. Keep in mind that in many cases, the partnering organizations require additional steps such as filling out a volunteer registration on their website or having a background check completed. All of this information will be listed under “Special Instructions/Comments” within the opportunity.

    Alternatively, a sophomore may propose a new site for consideration. Any new site must first be approved by Mrs. Simonie Anzalone in Campus Ministry. To submit a new site proposal, please fill out a Sophomore Service Experience Proposal Form which can be downloaded and printed below:

    Sophomore Service Experience Proposal Form


    Step 2 - Reflection On Your Service Experience

    At the conclusion of the ten hours of service, each sophomore is to reflect upon the experience in a 900-word, personal reflection paper. The reflection paper must include your name and the name of the organization in the title. The reflection must be at least 900 words, double spaced and answer the following questions:

    1. Where did you perform your service and why did you pick this site/organization?
    2. What did you learn about the people you served? Describe how your interactions with one particular person at the site opened you up to this learning.
    3. How is the organization with which you served building up the body of Christ in St. Louis?
    4. What did you learn about yourself?
    5. Where did you feel or see God’s presence?

    Each response will be worth 20% of the paper’s grade as part of the second semester Sophomore theology class. This paper should be emailed to Mrs. Anzalone in Campus Ministry by the seasonal due date. Summer service reflection papers are due to Mrs. Anzalone by August 30, 2019. Fall service reflection papers are due November 22, 2019. Winter season reflection papers are due February 21, 2020. Sophomores will have the opportunity to discuss their service experience at the beginning of their fourth quarter theology class.

    Step 3 - Recording Your 10+ Service Hours

    1. Log back into https://connection.naviance.com/sluh with your SLUH email and password. If you performed your service at a campus ministry approved site outside of X2Vol, please skip to the italicized instructions below.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the Naviance homepage & click the word X2Vol in the blue box.
    3. Click on the Green “Add Hours” button on the X2Vol dashboard. You should see your service listed under “Active Opportunities.”
    4. Click the green “Add Hours” button to the right of the completed service experience.
      • Activity - this should automatically be populated for you
      • Activity Contact - this should automatically be populated for you
      • Claim Hours - this will require some input from you
          • You may adjust the date & time as needed to confirm the # of hours completed.
          • Leave the Reflection box blank since you are submitting your written reflection by email.
      • Apply Hours to Goals - this will require some input from you
          • Make sure that the “Organization Goals” box is checked.
          • Under Goal Name, select the “Service of Presence 2019-2020” button.
          • Make sure that the “The hours that I am submitting are accurate…” box is checked.
      • Comments - nothing needs to be added, unless you have a note for Campus Ministry.
      • Claim History - nothing needs to be populated.
    5. Click SUBMIT. You’re finished!

    Submission Instructions for Campus Ministry approved sites outside of X2Vol:

    1. Log back into https://connection.naviance.com/sluh with your SLUH email and password.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the Naviance homepage & click the word X2Vol in the blue box.
    3. Click on the “Add Hours” button on the X2Vol Dashboard.
    4. Under “Personal Projects” - click the +Create New. This page is split into six categories:
      • Activity - this will require some input from you
        • List the title of the organization and then a description of the type of work you performed in the Project Description field.
        • Nothing needs to be attached since you are submitting your written reflection by email.
        • Interests - The Humanitarianism button should be selected.
      • Activity Contact - this will require some input from you
        • List the name of the volunteer coordinator at the site (this cannot be a parent or SLUH student).
        • List the volunteer coordinator’s phone number
        • List the volunteer coordinator’s email address
      • Claim Hours - this will require some input from you
        • Under date, select the first date of service at the organization
        • Under hours, select the TOTAL number of hours performed at the site
        • Under reflections, list the individual dates and times that you served (i.e.: 6/6/18, 6/7/18, 6/8/18)
      • Apply Hours to Goals - this will require some input from you
        • Make sure that the “Organization Goals” box is checked.
        • Under Goal Name, select the “Service of Presence 2019-2020” button.
        • Make sure that the “The hours that I am submitting are accurate…” box is checked.
      • Comments - nothing needs to be added, unless you have a note for Campus Ministry.
      • Claim History - nothing needs to be populated.
    5. Click SUBMIT. You’re finished!