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 St. Louis U. High 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 (June 1 - Aug 31, 2021), Fall (Sept 1 - Nov 30, 2021), or Winter (Dec 1, 2021 - Feb 25, 2022). Depending which season the sophomore chooses for service, the written reflection will either be due on August 31, 2021, November 30, 2021, or February 25, 2022. The final date sophomore service will be accepted is February 25, 2022. 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. If students know of other service opportunities, they may complete the Sophomore Service Proposal Form and submit it to Mrs. Anzalone for approval, prior to completing the service.
- 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 recently surveyed our service partners and few are open to in person service this summer but anticipate opening up their volunteer opportunities in the fall after the next wave gets vaccinated. As soon as we are aware of volunteer openings, we will post them in X2Vol for the students to see.** 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!
Fr. Ian Gibbons, SJ
Mrs. Simonie Anzalone