COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM
A ministry of action…at the promotion of justice…
“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.” – St. Ignatius Loyola
Cubs in the Community: Christ-Inspired, Compassionate, Competent and Committed! The Community Service program is an essential part of the Loyola High School educational experience. Rooted in the 450-year-old Ignatian Catholic tradition of being men for and with others, service with marginalized and disenfranchised persons of society is an essential part of a rich and integrated educational tradition that includes academics, activities, the arts and spirituality.
To form dynamic, transformative, young men through service experiences that help foster compassion and a spirit of generosity to view the world with open hearts and minds—challenging them to become “Men for and with Others.”
An integral component of the Loyola High School educational experience, the service and justice programs invite students to experience “what it means to labor with and for others in building a more just world” (Domain 5, p. 25).[i] During each of their four years at Loyola, students will engage in “an articulated sequence of service and reflection opportunities that lead them to experience a s sense of solidarity with the poor and marginalized” (Domain 5, p. 25).[ii] [i] Our Way of Proceeding: Standards & Benchmarks for Jesuit Schools in the 21st Century[ii] Our Way of Proceeding: Standards & Benchmarks for Jesuit Schools in the 21st Century.
2019 Immersion (Costa Rica, Ecuador, New Mexico)
- Service and Justice Leadership Team
- FAQ on Program Requirements
- Service Opportunities
- Ignatian Advocacy
- Logging in Hours
- Freshmen Requirements
- Photo and Video
Service and Justice Leadership Team:
Mr. Thomas Zeko, Director Emeritus, Service and Justice Immersion Program Coordinator
Dr. Jesse Rodriguez, Incoming Director of Community Service
Ms. Angela Moran, Community Service Program Coordinator and HSPT-8 Planner
Rev. Jerry Hudson, Community Service Reflector
Ms. Ana de Castro, Intercambio Immersion Coordinator
Mr. Andrew Mazur, Ignatian Family Teach-In and Advocacy Coordinator
Mr. John Ahearn, Urban Plunge Coordinator
Mr. Jim Rutkowski, Volunteer, Special Projects Coordinator
Ms. Patty Salvaty, Administrative Assistant
- What is the goal of the Community Service Program?
- To provide opportunities for “metanoia”—a radical transformation of the hearts and minds of our young men; and
- To provide an articulated sequence of service and reflection opportunities that lead them to experience a sense of solidarity with the poor and marginalized so that such opportunities for transformation can take place.
- What “counts” as service?
- The service program is central to the goals of a Jesuit Education. Therefore, students are called on a mission to put Two Feet of Love in Action! This foundational tool describes two distinct, but complementary, ways we can put the Gospel in action in response to God’s love: social justice (addressing systemic, root causes of problems that affect many people) and charitable works (short-term, emergency assistance for individuals). For this reason, we believe that service must involve direct assistance to those programs and / or people that are in need. In some way, service must be addressing a root cause of problems that affect the most vulnerable.
- How many hours do students need to complete?
- There are different numbers of service hours required for different grade levels and graduation of students:
- Freshmen—10 hours plus 2 hours during Freshmen Retreat
- Sophomores—Sophomores are required to complete the minimum hours per their selected Service Cluster (see Canvas Module titled, Service Clusters or click here for PDF) by Monday, June 3, 2019. Prior to beginning any service, students must follow the steps listed under Canvas Module titled, Registration Steps only after receiving approval from a member of the Leadership Team.
- Juniors—Juniors are required to complete a minimum of 25 service hours by Monday, June 3, 2019. The first 10 hours of the required 25 should be completed by the end of their first semester. Prior to beginning any service, students must follow the steps listed under Canvas Module titled, Registration Steps only after receiving approval from a member of the Leadership Team.
- Seniors—78 Hours (Senior Service Project—please refer to all information on Canvas)
- Are there specific places that students need to go to complete their service?
- Freshmen: All Freshmen must participate in the fall HSPT-8 Tutoring Outreach Program.
- Sophomores: See Sophomore Service and Justice Clusters on Canvas for more information.
- Juniors: Students may serve their hours at any location of their choosing selecting from any one of our 100 service providers (see list of providers) and / or immersion experiences (seasonal). See list of providers.
- Seniors: Students may serve their hours at any location of their choosing selecting from any one of our 80-85 pre-selected service providers (see list of providers and 2018-2019 Senior Service Preparation Packet).
- Are service hours required to be completed by a certain due date?
- Service hours that students earn towards fulfilling their grade level service requirements should be completed by the first week of June to assure that a passing grade will be reflected on their school transcript.
- Passing grade is recorded as CR. Until all requirements are completed at each grade level, the student grade will be recorded as IP or INC.
- Any service hours that students earn over the summer will be credited in the center’s database, but will not be identified on the school’s transcript until second semester.
- What is the first step in beginning the process of fulfilling the service requirements?
- Freshmen: Students will receive an in-service in their Theology classes in September. Students will select an HSPT-8 date for service via X2vol and receive confirmation.
- Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors: Students must consult one of the three community service members in person or via community service e-mail email@example.com. Below are the next steps:
- Once approved by a member of the Community Service Team, the student must contact the site / volunteer supervisor at the selected organization, inquire about volunteer openings and make an appointment to meet with the supervisor.
- Students must complete the registration form. This form will be sent to you via DocuSign after consulting with a member of the Community Service Team.
- How do students submit their service hours?
- X2vol is used as the management system to record hours fulfilled for Loyola High School and beyond and reservations for certain service activities. Please see link to X2vol for:
- “How to track and submit your completed freshmen service hours.”
- “How to track and submit your completed sophomore service hours.”
- “How to track and submit your completed junior service hours.”
- “How to track and submit your completed senior service hours.”
- What if I participate in an Immersion Experience like Intercambio, Urban Plunge, Kino, or RAD Camp?
- Students in grades 9-11 may engage in a variety of immersion programs that go beyond the expected service hour requirements. Therefore, students wishing to engage in any of these or other immersion programs that exceed the hours will meet with one of the leadership team members to review the ways their participation will meet the guidelines set out by the program.
- How do I obtain recognition through the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) Program?
- The PVSA recognizes volunteers who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period (January 1 – December 31).
- For more information about the PVSA, click here:
Los Angeles Urban Plunge is a weekend service immersion program on the streets and in the shelters of LA’s Skidrow, East LA and Hollywood. It is open to sophomores and juniors with groups consisting of 12 – 14 students and two adult leaders (LHS faculty and staff).
Winter / Spring Baja Build is designed for 12 Father (Father-Figure / Mentor)-Son (Young Man) teams to join the Cub Construction Crew to build a home for a family living in impoverished conditions in the Colonia de San Bernardo in Eastern Tijuana. Construction tasks include framing, siding, roofing, painting, and drywall, often occurring all at the same time.
Advent Day of Service (Sponsored by Fathers’ Club) is an annual communal event that brings together the Loyola High School community (alumni, parents, students, families, faculty and staff), together for a single purpose; to go out and make a difference in the world. (to work shoulder to shoulder in improving the lives of other people). The day of service consists of a variety of volunteer tasks including: sorting, packing and distributing food to those in need, general maintenance, and gardening. The work contributes to the mission of a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Service and Justice Immersion Experiences are opportunities for students to spend more time with a specific community whether abroad, on the US / Mexico border or within the United States. Service and justice immersion is about going deep…real deep. It is about immersing oneself in culture, language, customs, poverty, issues of access, work, reflection, exhaustions and so much more. Our summer immersion programs and quarterly Urban Plunges are centered around five pillars—Education, Service, Spirituality, Community, and Social Justice. The goals of the immersion programs are modeled on the tenants of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps program. Participants, therefore, are called to:
• Engage in direct service for and with the people of the community we are visiting;
• Live simply, while in community with fellow students and people of the local community;
• Reflect on social justice and Catholic Social Teaching issues pertinent to the community we are visiting; and
• Reflect through prayer at the end of each day as a means of noticing where and how God was acting throughout the day, and, further, how God invites us to respond.
Guided by the principles of service and reflection, the immersion experiences include the following four movements: 1) a thorough application process which includes an interview and formal reflective essay; 2) engaging in a preparation retreat and in all formation meetings; 3) participating in the full immersion for the expected duration of the trip; and 4) the post-immersion reflections and sharing the story of the experience with the LHS community. Immersion sites include: 1) South America (https://loyolaintercambio2018.wordpress.com/.) 2) San Francisco / Los Angeles Urban Plunges; 3) Kino Border Initiative on the US / Mexico (Sonora) Border (https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/.) and 4) Puerto Rico (Summer Immersion Only). For information on any of these programs, please visit the Community Service Center or speak with any member of the team: Dr. Rodriguez, Director, Mr. Zeko, Director Emeritus, or Mrs. Moran, Service Program Coordinator.
Spring Day of Service is an annual communal event that brings together the Loyola High School community (alumni, parents, students, families, faculty and staff), together for a single purpose; to go out and make a difference in the world. (to work shoulder to shoulder in improving the lives of other people). The day of service consists of a variety of volunteer tasks including: sorting, packing and distributing food to those in need, general maintenance, and gardening. The work contributes to the mission of a variety of non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Los Angeles Area.
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) is an annual gathering for members of the Ignatian family (Jesuit institutions and larger church) to come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together. It is a place where people are empowered, re-energized, inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked. Now in its 20th year, the IFTJ has a rich history rooted in honoring the Jesuits and their companions who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989. For more information, please contact Mr. Mazur or a member of the Community Service Team or visit https://ignatiansolidarity.net/iftj/.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network High School Arrupe Leader’s Summit invites emerging student leaders and faculty/parish chaperones from Jesuit high schools and parishes nationwide to deepen their understanding of “a faith that does justice,” share ideas and resources for social justice programming, and become empowered to effect positive social change in their local and global communities. Throughout the three-day program, students explore The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders through the lens of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.’s life. Arrupe, a former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, is known for his strong leadership of the Jesuits during a tumultuous period in global history and a time of great transition for the Catholic Church and the Jesuits. Fr. Arrupe’s commitment to engaging the Second Vatican Council’s call to solidarity with all of humanity was demonstrated through his emphasis on the Jesuits’ re-commitment to serving those on the margins and seeing social justice as core to one’s faith in Christ. Summit facilitators weave together Arrupe’s example with the leadership best practices, and help students make connections to their own lives through hands-on activities and personal reflection time. Further, students and faculty are given ample opportunities to share social justice programming ideas and make connections with fellow social justice leaders from around the country. For more information, please visit the Community Service Center or visit https://ignatiansolidarity.net/programs/arrupe-leaders-summit/.
As a Loyola student, you will use a variety of web-based applications for various purposes throughout your Loyola career. For community service purposes, you will use the Naviance application* to access the x2VOL system. You will be expected to log-in to your x2VOL account to track your service hours. *You cannot begin tracking your service hours until you have completed: (1) Step #1 – Officially register your project and (2) have completed your first set of service hours with your approved site.
NOTE: There are several links on Canvas (the student information system) for students to access more “how-to” guides. Students may also come to the Community Service Center at any time for assistance.
Welcome to Loyola High School! As a Loyola Cub you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational and extracurricular activities. Community service is co-curricular activity that will be interwoven into each of your high school years and is guided by the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola, “Love ought to show itself more in deeds than in words.” During each of your years at Loyola, you will be required to participate in a community service project. It is our goal that through these projects you will gain awareness, make a connection to the community, and discover how you can work towards making a positive impact in the world.
Your Freshman Community Service Project centers on the HSPT-8 Tutoring Outreach Program. There are six- Saturday morning sessions that make-up this program. All members of the freshman class are required to take part in this program by volunteering for a minimum of two tutoring sessions. While two sessions are required, we do encourage volunteering for additional sessions.
The HSPT-8 Program is offered free of charge to over six-hundred, eighth grade students from under-resourced, inner city schools and is made possible due to the generosity of the Loyola High School Community. The program provides tutoring in Mathematics, English and overall Test Taking Skills. Teamwork is a key factor to the success of this program; Loyola students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni volunteers working towards a common goal of enriching the educational opportunities of the participating eighth grade students. As a freshman, your role will be to serve as a tutor for students enrolled in this program.
To help prepare you to be an effective tutor, training and orientation is scheduled for month of September and will take place during your Theology class time. Further details about training will be announced when school begins. For now, we ask that you select and register for your two tutoring sessions by Monday, September 10, 2018.
Please refer to the HSPT-8 Tutoring Outreach Program dates and times listed below. Along with your parents, review and select the dates that will work with your schedule, making sure to check your extracurricular and/or personal calendar(s) for any possible conflicts.
Session #1: Saturday, October 6 Session #4: Saturday, November 10
8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Session #2: Saturday, October 20 Session #5: Saturday, November 17
8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Session #3: Saturday, October 27 Session #6: Saturday, December 1
8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Once you have decided on your two dates, proceed to access the x2VOL system to select and officially register your choices. The x2VOL system will be used by you each year to fulfill community service requirements. It is vital that you learn this system! Please see form for more information. For parents / guardians interested in volunteering, please see form for more information.