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 his four years at SLUH will have multiple opportunities to have these encounters with people typically thought of to be on the margins of society. In this way, we are writing to introduce the SLUH Sophomore Service Experience. Through the SLUH Sophomore Service Experience, students will have the opportunity to complete ten hours of “Service of Presence” and write a reflection on this service to be discussed in his second semester theology class.

  • Each sophomore is to complete 10 hours, all at the same site, within one of three seasons: Summer, Fall, or Winter. Depending which season he chooses for his service, his written reflection will either be due on August 17, 2018, November 16, 2018, or February 22, 2019.

  • He will choose a service site from an approved list of sites found within the X2Vol portal. Within this portal, he can do many things: find and sign up for his service site, log his hours as he goes on, and post his reflection at the completion of his service experience.

  • 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.


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. Click the small, blue X2Vol button on the left sidebar.
  4. Click the “Find Opportunities” button and browse through all of the “Service of Presence” and “Service of Presence Summer” opportunities. In most cases, you can find a more detailed description for each opportunity by clicking the “View Event Details” button on the right.
  5. Once you find one that looks appealing and works with your schedule, click on the “View Event Details” button on the right and then click the green “Sign Up” button for the dates and times that work for you. 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.
  6. Alternatively, a sophomore may propose a new site for consideration. Any new site must first be approved by Campus Ministry. To submit a new site proposal, please fill out a Sophomore Service Experience Proposal Form which can be found here.


Step 2 - Reflection On Your Service Experience

At the conclusion of his ten hours of service, each sophomore is to reflect upon his experience in a 900-word, personal reflection paper. This paper should be posted by the seasonal due date in X2Vol (instructions below). The reflection paper must be at least 900 words (two pages, single spaced) and address his answers to the following questions.

  1. Where did you perform your service and why did you pick this site/organization?
  2. Who was one person who really impacted you at the service site and why?
  3. How is the organization with which you served building up the body of Christ in St. Louis?
  4. What did you learn about the people you served?
  5. What did you learn about yourself?
  6. Where did you feel or see God’s presence?

Summer service reflection papers are due posted to X2Vol by August 17, 2018. Fall service reflection papers are due November 16, 2018. Winter season reflection papers are due February 22, 2019. Sophomores will have the opportunity to discuss their service experience during their fourth quarter theology class.

Step 3 - Completion Of Your Service

  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. Click on the small blue X2Vol button.
  3. Click on the “Add Hours” button. You should see your service listed under “Active Opportunities.”
  4. Click the Green “Add Hours” button next to the service experience. This page will be split into six categories:

    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
    ----Click the Attachment + Add Files button and attach your two-page, 900 word reflection document
    ---Next to the date & time, scroll through to confirm the # of hours completed.
    ---Nothing needs to be included in the Reflection open text box since you are attaching your reflection document.
    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 “Sophomore Service Experience” 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. Click on the small blue X2Vol button.
  3. Click on the “Add Hours” button.
  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.
    ---Click the Attachment + Add Files button and attach your two-page, 900 word reflection document
    ---Nothing needs to be included in the Reflection open text box since you are attaching your reflection document
    ---Interests - The Humanitarianism button should be selected for you
    Activity Contact - this will require some input from you
    ---List the name of the volunteer coordinator at the site (this cannot be a parent)
    ---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 day of service
    ---Under hours, select the TOTAL number of hours performed at the site
    ---Under reflections, list the individual dates 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 “Sophomore Service Experience” 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!