Service Program

Service and Ministry Program at DeSales High School

Based on the Carmelite philosophy to “Live Jesus,” the Service Learning Program of St. Francis DeSales High School encourages each student to live out what they are learning in their classes. The program focus for each grade level is geared towards where students are in their development and theology curriculum. A student’s yearly participation in the Service Learning Program is a graduation requirement.
 
The DeSales House Service Competition is designed to reward students who go above and beyond their yearly Service Learning Program required hours. Students who complete service outside of their Theology Service Learning Program hours can earn house points.
 
The Service Learning Program and DeSales House Service Competition are designed to allow each student the opportunity to understand that each person is made in God’s image and is deserving of their God-given dignity, utilize their talents and gifts to work for the common good in our world, and continue the compassionate mission of Jesus Christ to serve others.

Grade Level Requirements and Links for Students and Parents
Read the DeSales High School’s general service requirements. This document will detail what does or doesn’t qualify for service hours at DeSales, information about the House competition, and requirements for students to log and track hours through MobileServe.
 
Students should complete 8 hours of service before December and a total of 16 hours before April. Suggested lists of agencies are provided according to the grade level focus. Students may complete hours not on the suggested list of agencies, but they are encouraged to check with the Campus Minister prior to completing hours to be sure it meets requirements prior to completing the service.
 
Freshman
Freshman theology service hours may be completed at a church, parish or DeSales. Freshman will be entered into the MobileServe system and taught how to log hours in August. Students may begin their hours after their 8th-grade graduation. Hours completed prior to a student having access to Mobile Serve may be logged and verified in August with an agency supervisor’s email address. Learn about specifics on the freshmen theology service learning requirements and due dates.
 
Sophomore
Sophomore theology service hours may be completed at an agency doing the Church’s work in the world. This can be with a wide range of outreach non-profit agencies. Review this suggested list of agencies and details for the sophomore learning requirements and due dates.
 
Junior & Senior
Junior and senior theology students are required to choose a social justice topic they would like to immerse themselves in through service. All of their theology service hours are completed at agencies connected to that topic. Students may complete the Service Topic Commitment Form here. Students may find more information about requirements at these links for juniors, seniors, and a list of suggested agencies.
 
COVID-19 Service Program Reponse:
During the time that the government and health care departments are requiring social distancing, DeSales is waiving the area service requirements for each grade level for theology service hours. Students may find a list of opportunities that can be completed from home. Once our community is safe for in-person contact again, and agencies begin to re-open, DeSales will require students to return to normal requirements. For this reason, all service hours during this time for upperclassmen must be logged on Mobile Serve with accurate completion dates. If there is a service opportunity a student would like to complete that is not addressed on the Distance Service Opportunities document, please contact the Campus Minister to see if the opportunity would qualify.