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.

List of 4 items.

  • 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. 

    Freshmen Christian Service Requirements
    Freshmen Christian Service Agreement (Completed before your service) DUE NOVEMBER 4, 2020
    Freshmen Christian Service Verification Form (Completed after your service) DUE APRIL 14, 2021
  • 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 10 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. 
    Typically students are required to accomplish direct service. Given the uncertainty of the feasibility of such face to face interaction, that requirement is being temporarily relaxed for the 2020-2021 school year. Students are still asked to engage in service that will impact their faith community. Given this requirement change, we are not requiring students to submit a pre-approval service form this year. Typically, part of the approval process is to ensure that students are engaging in direct service. Since this is not required this year, pre-approval is not necessary. However, hours turned in that do not otherwise meet the requirements specified (i.e. not serving the faith community, etc.) will not be counted. Therefore, if there is doubt as to whether or not a given site or activity will count, we invite you to reach out to Mission and Ministry.
     
    If students are able to and desire to complete more hours than the required 10, those may be recorded on the transcript as extracurricular hours. Students should complete the Extracurricular Service Hours Log Sheet and email it to Mission and Ministry.
     
    In the past, students were given the option to complete service hours either during the summer or during the school year. For the 2020-2021 school year, this too is being adjusted. Students may begin their Christian service hours any time (and are strongly encouraged to begin EARLY) and must complete them by the deadline in Quarter 4 of 2021.
  • 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 10 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. 
    Typically students are required to accomplish direct service. Given the uncertainty of the feasibility of such face to face interaction, that requirement is being temporarily relaxed for the 2020-2021 school year. Students are still asked to engage in service that will impact people in need. Despite this relaxation of the direct service requirement, activities that are especially far removed from direct human impact (i.e. picking up litter or volunteering with animals) will not count toward required hours. This type of service has never counted, nor will it count even in this year of relaxed requirements. Given this requirement change, we are not requiring students to submit a pre-approval service form this year. Typically, part of the approval process is to ensure that students are engaging in direct service. Since this is not required this year, pre-approval is not necessary. However, hours turned in that do not otherwise meet the requirements specified (i.e. not serving the poor, etc.) will not be counted. Therefore, if there is doubt as to whether or not a given site or activity will count, we invite you to reach out to Mission and Ministry.
     
    If students are able to and desire to complete more hours than the required 10, those may be recorded on the transcript as extracurricular hours. Students should complete the Extracurricular Service Hours Log Sheet and email it to Mission and Ministry.
     
    In the past, students were given the option to complete service hours either during the summer or during the school year. For the 2020-2021 school year, this too is being adjusted. Students may begin their Christian service hours any time (and are strongly encouraged to begin EARLY) and must complete them by the deadline in Quarter 4 of 2021.
     
  • 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 10 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. 
    Typically students are required to accomplish direct service. Given the uncertainty of the feasibility of such face to face interaction, that requirement is being temporarily relaxed for the 2020-2021 school year. Students are still asked to engage in service that will impact people in need. Despite this relaxation of the direct service requirement, activities that are especially far removed from direct human impact (i.e. picking up litter or volunteering with animals) will not count toward required hours. This type of service has never counted, nor will it count even in this year of relaxed requirements. Given this requirement change, we are not requiring students to submit a pre-approval service form this year. Typically, part of the approval process is to ensure that students are engaging in direct service. Since this is not required this year, pre-approval is not necessary. However, hours turned in that do not otherwise meet the requirements specified (i.e. not serving the poor, etc.) will not be counted. Therefore, if there is doubt as to whether or not a given site or activity will count, we invite you to reach out to Mission and Ministry.
     
    If students are able to and desire to complete more hours than the required 10, those may be recorded on the transcript as extracurricular hours. Students should complete the Extracurricular Service Hours Log Sheet and email it to Mission and Ministry.
     
    In the past, students were given the option to complete service hours either during the summer or during the school year. For the 2020-2021 school year, this too is being adjusted. Students may begin their Christian service hours any time (and are strongly encouraged to begin EARLY) and must complete them by the deadline in Quarter 4 of 2021.

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 going outside the DMV to serve others? The Christian Service Immersion Program might be just for you! Students travel around the country to work in communities that need volunteers. SJC students have volunteered in many different types of work, including education, food service, construction, child care and farming. They have stayed close to home and traveled across the country for these projects. Recent trips have included Montana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Mississippi. Each year, our sites change and evolve to match the need of our students and the greater community. 

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

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.

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.