Our hope is that Providence graduates will take their place in the community and contribute a Christian influence on society. We believe that our students should be exposed to the diverse population of the local area and witness first-hand the trials of those less fortunate physically, mentally, and economically. Within this spirit, all students must complete a 60-hour service requirement for graduation.
Providence Service Learning Program Information and Requirements
Goal & Purpose:
The goal of the Our Lady of Providence Service Learning Program is to foster an environment where students will have an authentic service experience. Students will put into practice the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and will live out the teachings of Jesus as described in Matthew 25 as they perform the Corporal Works of Mercy. Students will begin to understand the importance of empathy, awareness, and social responsibility. They will come to value the dignity of every human being and therefore will be called to action.
• To expose students to a variety of service opportunities so that they will discover their gifts and interests and remain committed to Christian service for life.
• To enable students to work directly with disadvantaged populations (outreach) and to have a deeper appreciation of the dignity of all human persons.
• To give students an opportunity to reflect on the message of Jesus Christ as it relates to their service experience and to make that message a permanent part of their lives.
For the class of 2018
• Your requirement of 60 hours of formal community service prior to graduation will remain the same.
• Formal community service means that your hours must be completed with an approved agency, organization, school, church, or non-profit.
• Service completed at/for Providence events or sports teams does not count toward the graduation requirement.
Changes to begin with the graduating class of 2019
Students will be asked to complete 15 hours of service each school year, for a total of 60 hours completed by the time of their graduation from Providence. The specific requirements are listed below.
• Complete 15 hours of service
• Write a year-end reflective essay
• Complete 15 hours of service, 3 hours of which must be OUTREACH
• Complete 15 hours of service, 6 hours of which must be OUTREACH
• Complete 15 hours of service, 10 hours of which must be OUTREACH
• Write a year-end reflective essay on their total high school service experience
Service vs. Outreach:
Service is any type of work we do, outside of our normal responsibilities, to benefit others while receiving no pay or other benefits for ourselves. Service is to be completed with an approved church, school, agency, or non-profit organization. Service should be completed outside of Providence events.
Outreach is service during which we have direct, person-to-person contact with the poor, the homeless, the marginalized, the institutionalized, elderly outside the family, or any other socially or economically-disadvantaged group.
Tracking and Submission:
The goal is to have all service and outreach hours submitted and tracked online, in such a way that students and their parents can access their progress online at any time. (Link to hard copy form can be found at top of page.)
All service/outreach hours must be completed and documented no later than April 30th of each school year. Freshmen and senior essays must be completed by April 30th as well.
Collaborating with Theology Classes:
The other major change to our program is a greater connection between Providence service requirements and our Theology classes. For example, successful completion of their required service hours will be a component of their Theology grade. Students will be educated on the Service Learning Program requirements in their Freshmen Focus and Theology classes.
Approved Agencies and Organizations:
We will be partnering with many local churches, school, agencies and organizations in order to give our students a list of options of where they can go to serve. A list is available at the top of this page. If a student has a particular place in mind that they would like to serve, they can simply let Mr. Beyl or Mrs. Kelly know.
If you have questions or need further information about the service learning program, feel free to contact:
812-945-2538 ext 310
Asst. Principal/Director of Student Leadership
912-945-2538 ext 397