Freshman Year

Freshman Service Project Theme: "Caring for our Common Home"

High school is the beginning of a young person’s outward journey into the world, and so it is fitting their service begins close to home. Within the context of the required “Faith Formation” Theology class, freshmen are asked to reflect on the first two Catholic Social Teachings, Call to family, community, and participation and Care for God’s creation and intentionally develop an 8-hour service project plan focusing on these ideas.

Students will be informed in class of potential projects and organizations for each of these categories. By encouraging students to discern, participate, and reflect, we are hoping to instill “habits of service,” and introduce students to the Ignatian ideal of "living a faith that does justice."

We encourage students to volunteer with a family member for this project. Although this is not a requirement, many of the recommended partner organizations will require an over 18+ adult to accompany young volunteers. Throughout the 2020-21 school year, students will have several options to serve from the safety of home to minimize risk of exposure to Covid.

Students will either create a project or choose from the list of recommended organizations on the Jesuit website. In planning this project, we hope students will both reflect on the needs they identify close to home and step out of their comfort zones and try something new. 


Every freshman will participate in this experience during freshman Theology class. Students will submit an action plan, a confirmation of service form, and a reflection form. All three components of the project count as graded assignments in Theology class. Students are required to complete a minimum of eight hours of service and should speak with their freshman Theology teacher if they have any questions or concerns. They can also contact Ms. Casey in the Arrupe Center for Justice.

Students can find all required forms, deadlines, and project details on the Canvas course "Class of 2024 - Service Projects." Click on the links below for project ideas.

Call to family, community and participation

Care for God's Creation