Christian Service Senior Requirements

Why must I perform service?

    • To meet the living God who identifies with our sisters and brothers in need.
    • To respond affirmatively and actively to Jesus Christ's call to find greatness through service.
    • To embody the Ignatian ideal to be a "man for and with others."
    • To learn about myself and to make a positive difference in the lives of people who struggle.
    • To develop a sense of civic responsibility.
    • To fulfill a graduation requirement.
       

How much service must I do?

A minimum of 70 hours. Students who failed to do junior in-school service hours must serve 100 hours. If a service site requires a higher minimum number of hours, you are obliged to meet its requirements. Agencies have the right to expect that you will perform the number of service hours you promise on your contract, so choose that number wisely.


What counts as service?

The direct provision of a basic human service to a person or people in significant need without remuneration. Seniors must serve at least 50 hours outside of the Prep, preferably at one site.

DIRECT: You must work at an agency (no private arrangements) with people in significant need — people who are poor, homeless, sick, dying, physically and mentally challenged, immobile, or in need of education, catechism, supervision or companionship. 

Non person-to-person service such as clerical work, walk-a-thons, phone-a-thons, and all in-school service may not count for more than 20 hours of the 70-hour requirement. Coaching a sport, like CYO or Little League, can be counted as part of these 20 hours, but not part of the 50 main hours, unless it is with a special needs population.

Most Service Immersion Trips (Habitat for Humanity in Appalachia, Ecuador, etc.) earn 35 out-of-school hours. For those interested in teaching the faith in CCD Programs, the following hours will be credited: teacher with catechist certification = 70 hours; teacher without certification = 50 hours; teacher’s assistant = 35 hours. Students who work with HAP in the summer at the Prep earn up to 35 hours, which includes all non-person-to person hours; therefore,  the remaining 35 hours must be served at an approved outside agency.

BASIC: The service must respond to a fundamental human need. The Gospel is our measureemphasizing feeding and clothing the poor, caring for the sick, visiting the confined, and teaching the faith. Typical project sites include soup kitchens, shelters, hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, day care centers, churches, and schools.
 


Who arranges my service project?

You choose and arrange your own project from a list of service sites pre-approved by the Service Office. Your parents or guardians must consent to your choice. No credit will be given retroactively or for hours served at a non-approved site.
 


When must I begin my service project?

The deadline for signing a service contract is October 1st of senior year. However, service projects may begin the summer before senior year, if three conditions are met. 

    • The student must receive permission from the Service Office: No projects will be approved retroactively. A folder with forms and information will be given to the student as soon as the project is approved.
       
    • The student must leave at least 20 hours to be completed between the first day of classes in senior year and April 15th so that some work will be contemporaneous with the service course.
       
    • The student must keep a journal during the summer and submit it the first day of school. No journal, no hours. Reflection is as important as action!
       

What if I cannot begin my project by October 1st?

You may choose to start your project whenever you want—the earlier the better. HOWEVER, you must have on file an approved service contract by October 1st. If you know that a sport or activity (e.g. dramatics) will consume all your time during a period of the year, plan accordingly.
 


When must the project be completed?

Service projects must be completed by April 15th of senior year. A detailed request for an extension must be submitted in writing to your service teacher by April 1st.
 


How important is the service course?

Service is at the heart of Fordham Preparatory School’s mission and an integral part of its curriculum. The service course, which meets once per cycle, has the priority of a regular academic class and takes precedence over sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities. Keeping a satisfactory service journal--a student’s written reflections on his experience at his service site and his in-class work--is an essential part of being a contemplative in action.

ALL SERVICE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE FULFILLED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR A DIPLOMA. NO EXCEPTIONS


Will I receive a grade for service on my report card?

You will be given either a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade based on meeting deadlines, quality of written work, class participation, journal, hours accumulated and agency evaluations. Unsatisfactory work will trigger a set of sanctions and additional requirements.
 


Where can I get further information about the Christian Service Program?

In the Service Office (located in the Campus Ministry Center off the Commons) and from the Prep's website.


ADVICE FROM ALUMNI: START EARLY! GO REGULARLY! SERVE WITH A FRIEND AND AN OPEN MIND! CHOOSE A CHALLENGING AND REWARDING PROJECT! BE READY TO ENJOY SOME UNEXPECTED GRACES!

 

Approved Agencies  Forms

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