A Culture of Service

In support of St. John's mission, the Christian Service Program is designed to bring students, through experience and reflection, to a mature understanding of their personal responsibility to those the most in need. The service our students perform reflects the religion curriculum for each grade level.

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  • Freshman Requirements

    St. John Baptist de La Salle began his service at home, and our freshmen begin their journey in the same way. Each 9th-grade student forms an intentional relationship with a member of their immediate family and serves that individual in a meaningful way for a minimum of 10 hours. Projects range from tutoring a sibling to helping a parent with a long-neglected home improvement project. 

    Freshman Christian Service Requirements

    Freshman Christian Service Agreement 
    Must be completed before service.

    Freshman Christian Service Verification Form
    Must be completed after service.

  • Sophomore Requirements

    St. John Baptist de La Salle's progression of service led him to serve the Church through the priesthood.  Continuing in the Founder's footsteps, the Sophomore Christian Service is focused on the student's faith community.  Sophomores must complete 20 hours of service acting as part of their faith community. If they are not active in a particular faith community, we encourage them to 1) join one or 2) partner with a friend who is active in his/her worship community.  Their supervisor must be someone other than a relative. 
  • Junior Requirements

    The Founder's service to the Church was not the end of his path. De La Salle focused his attention on serving the poor of society, specifically educating the poor. Juniors must spend 40 hours performing the Corporal Works of Mercy and directly serving the poor, homeless, elderly, sick, or disabled of their local community. All hours must be completed at one organization and the supervisor must be someone other than a relative. 
  • Senior Requirements

    Seniors are challenged to act on their adult faith, serving those who can benefit most from their personal gifts. Each senior must complete 20 hours of direct service to their faith community or the poor, homeless, elderly, sick, or disabled. It is our hope that by their senior year, students will have found a cause or an organization that they feel strongly about and wish to continue to serve. Their supervisor must be someone other than a relative. 

Extracurricular Service

Students who complete service outside of their required Christian Service are encouraged to fill out an Extracurricular Service Form. These hours are added to the student's transcript to show that he or she went above and beyond the St. John's requirement!

Service Immersion Trips

Interested in traveling outside the DC area to serve others? Students in the Christian Service Immersion Program travel around the country to work in communities that need volunteers. SJC students assist many different industries and organizations including education, food service, elder care, construction, and child care. Recent service trips include Florida, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Each year, our sites change and evolve to match the needs of our students and the greater community. 

Click here to learn more about the Christian Service Immersion Program.

Lasallian Youth

Lasallian Youth is open to all students. It offers the student a variety of opportunities to minister to the economically poor through direct service and education in the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Members of Lasallian Youth assist in building a faith-filled community at St. John’s. Activities include collecting items for food and clothing drives, mission collections, service activities and tutoring grade school students at the San Miguel School in Washington, DC. This group also assists other school clubs, teams and faculty groups plan and participate in service projects. 

—Kelli Brookshire '16

We have an obligation, as Christians, to help others in need. The greatest gift we can give is ourselves: love of others and respect for human dignity.