Our goal at Salesian is to be intentional and consistent in offering, to all those involved with Salesian College Preparatory, opportunities and experiences of life-giving outreach to our neighbor and neighbors. Ultimately, we recognize that the faith we profess must be lived through our actions. The Salesian Service Learning Project (SSLP) is the instrument through which we choose to develop this key aspect of our school life.
The overarching goal of the formation of good Christians and honest citizens in keeping with sound Salesian mission ideals dictates that we, at Salesian College Preparatory, take ownership of the four major goals of service learning:
- To encourage students, parents, staff and faculty to grow and share their faith by serving others.
- To facilitate in all the members of the Salesian school community the capacity to “build welcoming communities.”
- To deepen respect for the differences of others through strengthening our understanding of our mission as "church".
- To encourage each of us to demonstrate our love of God by sharing our gifts, talents, and time with others.
In order to instill in our students the importance of participating in community service, investing in one's community and giving back, each of our students must fulfill their personal service commitments throughout the academic year. Each year every Salesian student must complete four service projects:
- Two Service Donation Projects (Thanksgiving and Project Santa)
- An Individual Service Project of the student’s own choice, on or off campus. This includes completion of a self-assessment/reflection form and a project supervisor’s confirmation of the project completion. We suggest a minimum of twelve hours of dedication to the project.
- A Service Day Project. This includes completion of a self-assessment/reflection form and a project supervisor’s confirmation of the project completion. Service Day usually takes place in the spring. On Service Day all students, faculty, and staff go out, as Faith Families, into the local neighborhood to offer their service in a variety of ways; and most importantly, develop a commitment to service in the long term.
- Complete Class Service Learning Project (grade level specific; details shared via religion classes each year). The Service Learning Coordinator approves individual Service Learning Projects and monitors student progress in completing other requirements in the program annually.