Senior Service

Each senior at Strake Jesuit is required to complete 100 hours of community service in order to graduate. Senior projects have taken our students to soup kitchens, Native-American missions, summer camps for special-needs children, and many places locally, nationally and abroad. Students can begin earning Senior Service hours as early as Spring Break of their junior year.

The Purpose

The Senior Apostolic Project, a graduation requirement at Strake Jesuit, gives us a chance to make our motto of being Men for Others a reality, a chance, in the words of Community Life "to put into practice the attitudes of social justice and Christian concern that are so fundamental to Jesuit education."

The Requirements

Senior Service Project must involve service to the poor. Please note that poverty is broader than just economic disadvantage. Excellent service projects can be created meeting the needs of the elderly, the disabled, the socially marginalized, etc. However, not all volunteer work (though worthy) is appropriate for Senior Apostolic Project.

Specifically: 

  • Plan your service project and get it approved by the Service Director prior to the end of your Spring semester of your Junior year or before you leave for the summer. You will receive contract letters to complete and return to the Service Office.
  • At least 100 hours of service is required by the end of the 1st semester of your senior year. Although there is an end of semester deadline, to accommodate sufficient processing time, a deadline date will be given, which is in December, prior to semester finals.
  • Upon completion of service, certify those hours using our volunteer certification form, or, by obtaining a letter from the appropriate supervisor at the organization of service completed, on their letter-head. These hours are reported electronically to your x2VOL account via your Naviance login.
  • Submit a reflection product (click here for guidelines), in the form of an essay (at least two pages, typed) to Google Classroom after you complete and submit your hours.
  • Lastly, complete a Reflection Meeting with the Pastoral Office staff, after the above are completed. These meetings can extend into the 3rd quarter/Spring Semester.

Failure to meet above requirements by the end of the first semester date will result in a grade of 'U' or 'F' on the transcript that goes out in January, based on level of requirements completed. Only upon completion of all three requirements will the transcript record reflect the change to 'P' grade.

The Opportunities

  • School mission trips - local, national and international
  • Church mission trips affiliated through your parish
  • Residential summer camps such as MDA, Spike 'n' Wave, Camp Champions, Camp Blessing
  • Parish outreach programs
  • Catholic Charities Programs such as mentoring refugee children
  • Special Olympics
  • Homeless shelters and soup kitchens

For a list of various organizations and places seeking volunteers, click here or come by the PMC to see any available recent postings on the bulletin board. Note that this database file will be updated as information changes.

Parents with questions should contact Reynold D'Souza, Service Director via email at rdsouza@strakejesuit.org or by phone 713.448.8437.