Class of 2020 Embarks on Service Learning

Junior year is significant for students in many ways - the official title of being an upperclassman, for most - the beginning of their college search, and specifically for CJ students, the opportunity to dive deeper into a social justice issue that could lead to a potential Senior Capstone Project.

Students took a step towards their investigatory year and their ISJRP, Integrated Social Justice Research Project, during the junior service fair on Tuesday, September 11. More than a dozen local organizations and non-profits were represented as students learned more about each group.

“It’s nice because the organizations’ representatives come to the students,” Kelli Kinnear, Director of Ministry & Service said. “This makes it manageable for our students to get connected with our partners.”

As part of their religion requirement, juniors will serve 25 hours with one or a few outside organizations. Sophie Haws ‘20 said that participating in a summer mission trip guided her decision on where to serve. 

“It was a really amazing experience and I’m looking forward to continuing my service with St. Vincent,” Haws shared. “I will hopefully get to go on more home visits and learn about how I can help neighbors.”

Others were making their decision based upon personal interests.

Dion Bruce ‘20 said, “I was excited to see a couple organizations involving animals.”

“I like getting to work with kids so that’s why I am hoping to volunteer at The Clubhouse,” Larry Turner ‘20 shared.

“The majority of our students will do their service with the people who presented at the junior service fair,” Kinnear explained. “This is a great way to get the students connected and to see these organizations doing great things in our community.”

Posted September 13, 2018