Sophomore Year

Sophomore Service Project Theme: "Option for the Poor and Vulnerable"


Students are introduced to the sophomore service project in late spring of freshman year. They have the option of completing this project during the summer before or fall of sophomore year.

During the first semester of sophomore year, students are asked to examine the connections between scripture and their own lives through an 8-hour service project. The sophomore project focuses on the Catholic Social Teaching theme of “Option for the Poor and Vulnerable." This principle states:

A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46)  and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. 

Sophomore students will be asked to do the following:

  • Choose to complete the project during the summer before or the fall of their sophomore year.
  • Focus on direct service with one group of people who are marginalized in our society (ex. homeless, elderly, people with disabilities, etc.).
  • Develop a plan to complete at least 8 hours of service in direct relationship with people on the margins of our society. Student may find ideas on the JHS website or design their own project. All 8 hours should be with one agency or program.
  • Complete three parts of the project, each of which counts as an "assignment" in sophomore theology: Action Plan, Confirmation of Service, Reflection Paper.

Summer Deadlines

  • Submit Action Plan to Class of 2024 - Service Projects Canvas course for approval BEFORE starting service (and check "comments" for approval). These will be read and approved on a "rolling" basis throughout the summer.
  • Submit Confirmation of Service and Reflection Paper by October 3, 2022.

Fall Deadlines

  • Submit Action Plan to theology teacher for approval by October 3, 2022.
  • Submit Confirmation of Service and Reflection Paper by December 5, 2022.

At the beginning of second semester, students begin preparation for their junior/senior service project with a two-week orientation in their English and health classes. Orientation covers the philosophy behind the program, project components, and an introduction to the available placements. Students must forecast for Christian Service and the Peace & Justice theology class in order to start their junior/senior service project (forecasting takes place in February each school year). Students may begin work on their 65-hour junior/senior project after their sophomore year.

Sophomore Service Project Forms

  • Students can find the Action Plan and Confirmation of Service forms, as well as reminders and ideas, in the Class of 2025 - Service Projects Canvas course.

Sophomore Service Project Volunteer Opportunities 

Check the Service Opportunities list for up-to-date options! Students are not limited to what is on the website. They may submit other ideas for approval on the Action Plan form. Over the years, the following agencies have been a great fit for this project:  

  • Avamere Assisted Living (multiple locations)
  • Brookdale Senior Living (Beaverton or other locations)
  • Bustin’ Barriers summer camp or fall “Soccer Sundays”
  • Camp Rivendale w/THPRD
  • Every Body Athletics
  • Faith Cafés or Food Pantries at local parishes (Holy Trinity, St. Cecilia, and others)
  • Hurtado Center at Jesuit (fall)
  • Meals on Wheels (w/parent)
  • Neighborhood House (summer)
  • Play. Fit. Fun.
  • Portland Junior Scientists
  • Portland Tennis & Education (summer or fall)
  • Rose Haven (summer)
  • St. Francis Dining Hall
  • St. Luke Back-to-School Fair (all day event in August)
  • TOPSoccer (fall)
  • Urban Day Immersions organized by JHS next fall
  • West Hills Village Senior Living