Christian Service Program
“If one is to do good, he must have a little courage, be ready for sacrifice, deal affably with all and never slight anybody. By following this method I have always had significant success, in fact, marvelous success.” -Don Bosco
At St. John Bosco High School we believe that as a Salesian Catholic high school we are called to follow Jesus Christ’s call to serve. We seek to emulate the love and compassion of Jesus who came to serve and not to be served.
The Christian Service Program provides all students opportunities to be of service individually and as a school community.
- Service makes us faith-filled, compassionate and more Christ-like, that is, to serve others and not always wanting to be served.
- Service gives us a concrete way to imitate Jesus who serves willingly, unselfishly, and lovingly, even when sacrifice is required.
- Service makes use of our unique gifts, values, insights, dreams for the good of others.
- Service addresses the needs of others, especially those who are less fortunate than us.
- Service challenges us to become better, that is, to actualize our potentials as human beings.
- Service opens us to insights of a possible life vocation or career.
- 2016-2017 Requirements
- Choosing a Type of Service
- What Service is Acceptable
- What Service is Not Acceptable
- Summer Service
Seniors will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies or receive their diploma if they have not completed all mandatory service hour requirements. Current seniors should verify if they have any missing hours from last year. Any outstanding hours must be completed in addition to this year's required hours.
All service hours and documentation must be completed and submitted May 12, 2017 for all students. This process will be managed by religious studies teachers, counselors, and the Christian Service Coordinator, Mr. William Liu.
A total of 20 hours is required for the 2016-2017 school year.
The 20 hour requirement consists of:
- A STUDENT MAY DO ALL 20 HOURS AT ONE SITE OFF CAMPUS,
- OR MAY DO 15 HOURS OFF CAMPUS AND 5 HOURS ON CAMPUS
- STUDENTS SHOULD CHALLENGE THEMSELVES TO DO MORE THAN THE MINIMUM
- On Campus or School-Organized Service (5 hours maximum)
This is includes all service opportunities organized by St. John Bosco High School: by Youth Ministry, Clubs, Athletic Teams, Parent Organization and Teachers.
- Examples of these opportunities include the, LA Catholic Worker hospitality kitchen, food drives, toy drives, blood drives, team or club organized service, and specific services to the school or other school events.
- Required Form: Service Log form, with dates, times, number of hours served and signature of supervisor.
- School Wide Service Day - January 25, 2017
- Individual Student-Planned Service Project (15 or all 20 HOURS)
Students must fill out an Individual Service Project Proposal Form and obtain the approval of their Religious Studies teacher prior to performing their service. This process will begin in Religious Studies Classes.
- All service hours must be completed, and all documentation must be completed and submitted by May 12, 2017. All forms will be submitted together in print or digital format to the student's religious studies teacher upon completion of the project. Progress checks will occur during the second quarter, near the end of the semester, and mid-way through the third quarter.
- Required Forms:
- Service Project Proposal Form: Must be filled out and signed by student, parent and religion teacher prior to beginning of the 10 hours of individual service
- Service Agreement and Log: All days and hours of service must be accurately recorded with the signature of the contact person at the agency or organization of service.
- Evaluation: (for the student’s individual service project only) must be completed by the contact person at the agency where the student serves.
- A Service Project Report: (with proper documentation of service) must be provided before spring final exams.
- Required Forms:
Choose the right service project that fits your personality, gifts, likes. Respond to a need that you see. Do something that will make a difference for others; something that matters. Do something that will help you to be like Christ who came not to be served but to serve. What kind of service project is best for you? You need to consider what types of service work best match your personal characteristics. Below are several examples of type of service work.
- tutoring younger children or peers
- teaching in a parish religious education program
- working with mentally and emotionally impaired persons
- working with physically impaired persons
- doing chores for elderly persons in their homes
- visiting ill and shut-in persons
- working as on office assistant for a community organization with no pay
- distributing food to poor people
- working at a children's day-care center
- working in a political organization
- participating in an environmental clean-up project
- coaching an elementary school team at a local school without pay
Any service that is done with an agency or institution, or for a needy person, that meets with the approval of your religion teacher.
Acceptable agencies and institutions include:
- Churches and/or schools
- Agencies which serve children and youth
- Service to the elderly and aging
- Service to the poor, needy, disabled
- Service to the civic community
- Service to a non-profit organization
- Service to those in hospitals and health facilities
With the exception of the freshmen year, student’s individual service should be done with the same agency, institution, or needy person for the entire year.
- It is not doing what is ordinarily required or expected of a regular student at home, at a job, or at school
- It is not doing something for money, reward, thanks, or credit.
- It is not doing something to help family or friends
- It is not doing something for any for-profit business
Failure to Complete Service Hours
- If a student fails to complete their service hours for the year, their Religious Studies grade will be marked as Incomplete.
- Seniors will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies or receive their diploma if they have not completed all mandatory service hour requirements for each year enrolled at Bosco.
Although service projects are encouraged to be done during the school year, it is also recognized that there are many meaningful opportunities of service in the summer months. Summer service is acceptable. All summer service must be approved in advance by the student’s religious studies teacher before it is performed.