Service & Outreach

Not only does La Salle offer students the opportunity to grow individually and as a community, we also offer many opportunities for our young men to put their faith into action. La Salle does NOT have mandatory service hours for our students. Rather, service is seen as part of the fabric of our Christian community and a responsibility, not a requirement of each member of that community. Freshmen are introduced to this spirit of service early on through their Branch-Out Day. In this day of service, the entire freshmen class volunteers at a local service organization. However, they do not do this alone. In addition to a faculty chaperone, their father or other significant male is invited to share in the experience, thereby providing a visible example.

The cornerstone of our service program, however, is our on-going service projects. Students can participate in a variety of service projects seven days a week. Whether tutoring a grade school student in Kensington; serving a meal to a person on the streets; spending time with the elderly or disabled; or more, there is an opportunity for everyone. These projects are directed by faculty and staff and include transportation and supervision.

In addition, our Ministry & Service Team is a group of over fifty students who lead our Clothing and Thanksgiving food drives; Provide leadership in liturgy and prayer service gatherings, and coordinate our week long celebration of our Lasallian heritage during FSC Week.

Finally, when the school year ends, our service program does not. Last summer, over 300 students participated in one of fifteen service immersion programs. Groups of students, faculty and staff traveled near and far to not only serve those in need, but to learn about their culture and reflect on their own faith. This summer La Salle students will volunteer in St. Lucia, Coachella, Philadelphia, West Virginia, Memphis, The Navajo Nation, Puerto Rico, Chicago, The Bronx, Bolivia, and Ireland.

Bolivia Service Trip

Dates: Sunday, July 8 – Saturday July 21, 2018

Size: 15 to 19 students

Cost: $3,840 Pricing includes (Airfare, lodging, transportation in the city, food, jacket, airport taxes to and from Bolivia, Flight to the capital La Paz, health and trip insurance for 14 days). In addition trip cost will costs associated with acquiring necessary materials required for construction, rehabbing, food donations to shelters, equipment for technical schools etc.

International Service in Bolivia Over view

The trip is designed to fully-immerse our students in the rich history and culture of the country of Bolivia and to expose them to a language, people, and a quality of life that are very different from our own. The two-week trip will present the students with the work with the poor of Cochabamba and spread the La Sallian mission to far reaches of the world. While in South America, the boys will be rehabbing schools, donating nonperishable food to the poor in the country side donating equipment to technical school, cooking for street people, visiting with toddlers and children in orphanage country side, visiting public hospitals, and providing clothing to the newborn babies.

In addition to work, the trip provides opportunities for mass, prayer, and reflection, as well as trips to La Paz (the capital of Bolivia) and Cristo de la Concordia (the seven-story statue of Jesus Christ), hikes up mountains, soccer game, visits to museums and different sites thru the city in Cochabamba Bolivia.

Objectives

  • Work to make a visible and positive impact on the people of Bolivia through service.
  • To utilize the Spanish language to communicate with people in a foreign country.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, and cultural differences within the country of Bolivia.
  • To gain an understanding of Bolivian culture through direct interaction with and service to the people of Bolivia.
  • To integrate the cultural experience along with insights gained during the service experience in Bolivia with the students’ own lives through group discussion and personal reflection.

Program Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all pre-trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in Letter Writing fund raising activity, sending a minimum of ten (10) letters requesting support
  • Participate in all group related fund raising activities, including a "parish appeal" if applicable

Criteria for Selection

The program is open to any junior or sophomore student who is in good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

Fees and expenses

The following costs are not covered and will be the responsibility of the student:

Personal Spending money and in-transit meal money(airports)

As an International trip, you will be require to obtain your passport, with a visa to enter Bolivia (cost of the visa $160 ). We will assist in logistics of obtaining the visa.

Additional Detailed Information Night:

November 3th, 2017 at 6:00 pm room 116

Application Dateline:

November 15, 2017

Trip Director: Sra Lastenia López de Breen

Spanish teacher

E-Mail Breenl@lschs.org

Bronx, NY

Dates: Sunday, June 17, 2018 - Friday, June 22, 2018

Size: 12 Students

Cost: $900 total. $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum $600 Fund Raising (Individual & Group) per person

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Service Trip Overview: New York City is home to over 8 Million people, with over 2 million living at or below the poverty line. The Bronx trip is intended to take the sophomore urban immersion to the next level through a more intensified urban experience living in and working with the tens of thousands of marginalized people in New York City. Our base of operations will be St. Raymond's school in the Bronx, and our work will primarily focus on the neighborhoods of the South Bronx and East Harlem. Similar to the Philadelphia Urban Immersion, our work will be coordinated and facilitated through various Catholic Social services Agencies who work with the homeless; those with substance addictions; schools who are striving to make a difference; and others as the week unfolds. The week will also incorporate an evening "one on one" street outreach.

Objectives:

  • Through our work make a visible and positive impact on the people in the community we serve.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious and cultural aspects of life for the urban poor and disadvantaged.
  • To gain an understanding of our Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of New York's poorest and most challenged neighborhoods.
  • To integrate insights gained during the service experience regarding the urban poor and disadvantaged and its culture with their own lives through group discussions and written reflection.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre- trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in all group related fund raising activities
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any junior student who is in good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations have been made.

Coachella Valley, CA

Dates: Saturday June 9 - Saturday June 16, 2018

Size: 12 Students

Cost: $1400 total. $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum $1100 Fund Raising (Individual & Group) per person

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Service Trip Overview: The Coachella Valley is located 130 miles east of Los Angeles, CA in Riverside County. Situated in the desert between Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea, the Coachella Valley extends for 45 miles between three mountain chains – the San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, and San Bernardino Mountains. The San Andreas Fault traverses the Valley’s east side and the average temperature during the month of June is 105o F.

The Coachella Valley features some of the most breathtaking scenery in America and is one of the most bountiful regions west of the Mississippi River. Agricultural products cultivated in the Coachella Valley include table grapes, lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, onions, leeks, and peppers. The valley floor grows alfalfa, artichokes, avocados, beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, corn, cotton, cucumbers, salad greens, eggplant, figs, barley, oats, rye, wheat, hops, kohlrabi, lettuce, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, persimmons, plums, prunes, pomegranate, potatoes, radishes, spinach, strawberries, sugar cane, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs and spices.

The Coachella Valley is home to over 400,000 people living in a number of diverse communities that include affluent areas such as Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and La Quinta. The Coachella Valley also boasts the largest migrant workface in the United States. Not far from the golf courses and resorts of Palm Springs, the people in the eastern part of the Coachella Valley live in conditions much more akin to a third world country. The town of Coachella ranks third lowest in average personal income of any California city, and is one of the five poorest cities in the state. The city's remote location from urban areas can be responsible for the high poverty rate and the migrant farm workers who occupy the town face hurdles such as sewage, lack of safe water, and road and transportation issues. Ironically, the town has the lowest crime rate of any town in the Coachella Valley and Riverside County.

The group from La Salle College High School will work directly with a number of organizations to provide service to the people of the Coachella Valley. The students will spend several days working at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, which is one of the largest emergency homeless shelters on the West Coast. In addition, the boys will partner with the Galilee Center along with the Boys and Girls Club of Coachella Valley to provide child care and food distribution to migrant farm workers. On the final day before the group departs for home, the students will take part in "90 Days of Summer," a once-in-a-lifetime outreach that brings food, water, clothing, sun screen, toiletries - and faith - to the desert camps located throughout the Coachella Valley. The efforts that day will target people, often families, whom homeless shelters don't service as they live in undescribable conditions and circumstances.

In addition, field trips to Joshua Tree National Park, Salton Sea, Mojave Desert, Tahquitz Canyon, and Palm Springs will be part of the itinerary.

Objectives:

  • Through our work make a visible and positive impact on the people in the community we serve.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious and cultural aspects of life for the urban poor and disadvantaged.
  • To gain an understanding of our Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of Coachella.
  • To integrate insights gained during the service experience regarding the urban poor and disadvantaged and its culture with their own lives through group discussions and written reflection.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre- trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in all group related fund raising activities
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any junior student who is in good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

Cost of Trip: The cost of the trip is all inclusive of transportation, lodging, meals, and program related materials.

The following costs are not covered and will be the responsibility of the student: Personal Spending money; Meal money for travel days (airport food court, etc...).

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations have been made.


Community TechServe

Dates: TBD

Application Deadline: TBD

Trip Director: Mr. Sigmund & Mr. Bonner

Service Trip Overview: Community Tech Serve is a program where our students are afforded the opportunity to utilize the technical gifts and talents in the support of IT related initiatives as local schools who do not have the resources to support / sustain their own environments. As a part of Tech Serve students not only have the opportunity to further their own IT skills, but also learn the value of sharing all of our talents with those in need. Often times, it is in these types of infrastructural areas that schools and organizations lack the funds and resources required to provide even the most basic levels of support to their organizations.

Past initiatives have included the support of La Salle Academy in Kensington, and in the future a group of students may be traveling as far as Saint Michael's Indian School in Window Rock, AZ to support them in the installation and bringing on line of their computer lab.

Objectives:

  • Make a visible and positive impact on technology in the selected area.
  • Reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious, and cultural aspects of life for people teaching and learning of the selected area in the 21st Century.
  • Gain a better understanding of Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of the region.
  • Integrate insights gained during the service experience with their own lives through group discussion and written reflection.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre-trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in Letter Writing fund raising activity, sending a minimum of ten letters requesting support.
  • Participate in all other group related fund raising activities.
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, on morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection
  • A State Identification (ID) will be required for airport travel.

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any student who is good academic and disciplinary standing with a Microsoft Certification. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program. We have a limited number of spots available. Preference will be given to upper class students who may have fewer opportunities to participate in the future.

Memphis, TN

Dates: Sunday June 10 - Saturday June 16, 2018

Size: 12 Students

Cost: $1300 total. $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum $1000 Fund Raising (Individual & Group) per person

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Service Trip Overview:One cannot overlook Memphis’ involvement in the civil rights movement and Memphis’ place in black history. From the thriving oasis of black-owned business that was Old Beale Street to the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Memphis played a big role in black history (memphistravel.com).”

This experience will leverage Memphis’ rich history and culture with our Lasallian connections. Our goal is for students to engage with those in need, learn about the civil rights movement and ongoing struggles, connect with the Lasallian world, and grow in faith.

Objectives:

  • Through our work make a visible and positive impact on the people in the community we serve.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious and cultural aspects of life for the urban poor and disadvantaged.
  • To gain an understanding of our Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of Coachella.
  • To integrate insights gained during the service experience regarding the urban poor and disadvantaged and its culture with their own lives through group discussions and written reflection.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre- trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in all group related fund raising activities
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any junior student who is in good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

Cost of Trip: The cost of the trip is all inclusive of transportation, lodging, meals, and program related materials.

The following costs are not covered and will be the responsibility of the student: Personal Spending money; Meal money for travel days (airport food court, etc...).

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations have been made.


Montana - Blackfeet Nation

Dates: Sunday June 24 - Saturday June 30, 2018

Size: 12 Students

Cost: $1900. $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum $1600 Fund Raising (Individual & Group) per person.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Service Trip Overview: The Lasallian world extends far beyond the campus of 8605 Cheltenham AVE. This trip is an opportunity for students to live, work and learn about De La Salle Blackfeet School on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. De La Salle Blackfeet School is part of a network of over 60 San Miguel schools run by the De La Salle Christian Brothers to serve at risk youth and transform their lives through education. De La Salle Blackfeet is the only San Miguel school in a rural setting and the first to serve primarily Native Americans. Students will have the opportunity to live at a volunteer bunks at the school, participate in service projects at the school and around the Reservation and learn about and from the people of the Blackfeet Reservation through personal encounters and cultural experiences. Please visit the school's website to learn more about the school and their mission.

De La Salle Blackfeet Website: http://www.dlsbs.org/index.html

Objectives:

  • To make a visible and positive impact on de La Salle Blackfeet School and the people of the Blackfeet Reservation through our service.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious and cultural aspects of life for people living on the Blackfeet Reservation in the 21st Century.
  • To gain an understanding of Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of the region.
  • To integrate insights gained during the service experience with their own lives through group discussions and written reflection.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre-trip orientation sessions.
  • Participate in Letter Writing fund raising activity, sending a minimum of eight (8) letters requesting support.
  • Participate in a Parish Fundraising Campaign.
  • Participate in all other group related fund raising activities.
  • Prepare with a small group of students, one dinner during the trip for the entire group.
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection.

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any current junior who is in good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

Cost of Trip: The cost of the trip is all inclusive of transportation, lodging, meals, and program related materials.

The following costs are not covered and will be the responsibility of the student: Personal Spending money; Meal money for travel days (airport food court, etc...).

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations have been made.


Navajo Nation (Arizona & New Mexico)

Dates: Sunday June 17 - Saturday June 23, 2018

Size: 12 Students

Cost: $1400 total. $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum $1100 Fund Raising (Individual & Group) per person

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Service Trip Overview: These trips are designed to fully immerse our students in the rich history and culture of the Navajo Nation, but more importantly expose them to the very real issues they face each day - poverty, limited access to education, unemployment, and the isolation of life on the reservation. Centered on supporting the St. Michael's Indian School, founded by St. Katharine Drexel in 1902, students will be afforded the opportunity for a significant level of direct interaction with local families, high school students, as well as the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, who continue to run the school today. In addition, students will also be given the opportunity to work with the Franciscan priests and sisters at St. Mary's Mission, serving the remote corners of the reservation in Northern New Mexico, as well the Missionaries of Charity in inner city Gallup.

St. Michael's Indian School provides a quality educational opportunity for roughly 350 students in grades K - 12, and currently boasts an 80% college bound graduation rate. In addition students will be provided with the opportunity to work and serve in the broader Navajo Nation at St. Mary's Mission Church located in Tohatchi, NM as well as shelters in Gallup, NM run by the Sisters of Charity. Finally, the trip also includes time for nightly worship and reflection in traditional Navajo Hogans as well as Mother Katahrine's Chapel; side trips to the surrounding Painted Desert; and a day of hiking in nearby Canyon de Chelley, home to 1000 year old Pueblo cliff dwellings.

Objectives:

  • Through our work, make a visible and positive impact on the people and students of St. Michael's Indian school and the Navajo Nation.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious, and cultural aspects of life for Native Americans in the 21st century.
  • To gain an understanding of our Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of the Navajo Nation.
  • To integrate insights gained during the service experience regarding the Navajo Nation and its culture with their own lives through group discussions and written reflection.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre- trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in Letter Writing fund raising activity, sending a minimum of ten (10) letters requesting support
  • Participate in all group related fund raising activities, including a "parish appeal"
  • Prepare with other assigned students one dinner during the trip for the entire gr oup
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any junior who is good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

Cost of Trip: The cost of the trip is all inclusive of transportation, lodging, meals, and program related materials.

The following costs are not covered and will be the responsibility of the student: Personal Spending money; Meal money for travel days (airport food court, etc...).

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations have been made.

Puerto Rico

Dates: Sunday, June 3 – Saturday, June 9, 2018

Sunday, June 10 - Saturday, June 16, 2018

Size: 12 students each

Cost: $1400: $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum $1100 Fund Raising (Individual & Group) per person

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Puerto Rico Lasallian Mission Trip Overview

Faith, service, and community are hallmarks off Lasallian schools across the globe. This mission trip between Lasallian students from Bayamon, Puerto Rico and La Salle College High School, USA is meant to promote these values.

Past trips have focused primarily on helping at a summer camp and work around the school facilities. Given the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, a significant portion of this summer's work will be directed towards rebuilding efforts both at the school and in the surrounding communities. In addition, students will take advantage of the rich culture and beauty of the country.

Partnering Lasallian School

Colegio de La Salle

Calle San Juan Baptista de La Salle

Urb. Riverview, Bayamon PR 00960

787.785.8000

http://www.delasallebayamon.com/

Program Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all pre- trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in Letter Writing fund raising activity, sending a minimum of ten (10) letters requesting support
  • Participate in all group related fund raising activities, including a "parish appeal"
  • Prepare with other assigned students one dinner during the trip for the entire group
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection
  • Students are not required speak Spanish.

Criteria For Selection:

The program is open to any junior who is good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

Cost of Trip: The cost of the trip is all inclusive of transportation, lodging, meals, and program related materials.

The following costs are not covered and will be the responsibility of the student: Personal Spending money; Meal money for travel days (airport food court, etc...).

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations have been made.


St. Lucia

Dates: Friday June 22 - Saturday June 30, 2018

Size: 11 students

Cost: $1400 total. $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum $1100 Fund Raising (Individual & Group) per person.

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Service Trip Overview: Like many spots in the Caribbean, St. Lucia has two faces. The small island is a beautiful vacation paradise for those who can afford it, and also is home to a growing offshore banking industry. However, most of the people who live in St. Lucia struggle to make ends meet.

Working with the Redemptorist Parish under the direction of Fr. Kevin Murray, the trip will be an opportunity for our young men to serve those in need and gain a perspective of the rich cultural and spiritual life of this island. Volunteer sites will be coordinated with Father Kevin and will include working on homes and schools as well as interaction with those in the local community. In addition, there will be opportunities to worship with the community and enjoy the beautiful beaches.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre-trip orientation sessions.
  • Participate in the Letter Writing fund raising activity, sending a minimum of ten letters requesting support.
  • Participate in all group related fund raising activities, including a "parish appeal".
  • Prepare with other assigned students one dinner during the trip for the entire group.
  • Prepare and lead one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection with other assigned students.

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any junior who is good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is e expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

Cost of Trip: The cost of the trip is all inclusive of transportation, lodging, meals, and program related materials.

The following costs are not covered and will be the responsibility of the student: Obtaining a Passport; Personal Spending money; Meal money for travel days (airport food court, etc...).

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations have been made

West Virginia - Appalachia

Dates: Sunday June 3 - Saturday June 9, 2018

Size: 15 Students

Cost: $1100 total. $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum of an additional $800 Fund Raising per person

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Service Trip Overview: This trip is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the Appalachian culture of West Virginia while working with Habitat for Humanity to help build affordable housing for families in the area. While the region is blessed with abundant resources in the form of timber and coal; those that actually live and work in Appalachia often do not benefit from the country's use of these resources. In fact, this often overlooked and neglected region of our country has one of the highest rates of poverty in the United States. The trip will give students an opportunity to learn about the region, interact with people from the area, and ultimately learn about themselves and their place in the world. We will be working with "Almost Heaven Habitat" located in Franklin, WV (the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains).

Objectives:

  • Through our work make a visible and positive impact on the people of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious, and cultural aspects of life for people living in the Appalachian mountains in the 21st Century.
  • To gain an understanding of Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of the region.
  • To integrate insights gained during the service experience with their own lives through group discussion and written reflection.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre-trip orientation sessions.
  • Participate in Letter Writing fund raising activity, sending a minimum of 10 letters requesting support.
  • Prepare with a small group of students, one dinner during the trip for the entire group.
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection.

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any current junior who is good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

Cost of Trip: The cost of the trip is all inclusive of transportation, lodging, meals, and program related materials.

The following costs are not covered and will be the responsibility of the student: Personal Spending money; Meal money for travel days (airport food court, etc...).

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations and / or program fees have been paid.

Philadelphia Urban Immersion - Sophomores

Dates:

Sunday, May 27 - Friday, June 1, 2018

Sunday, June 3 - Friday, June 8, 2018

Sunday, June 10 - Friday, June 15, 2018

Sunday, July 8 - Friday, July 13, 2018

Sunday, July 15 - Friday, July 20, 2018

Size: 26 students

Cost: $375 (includes meals, SEPTA tokens, transportation, supplies, activities, facility rental, etc...) THERE WILL BE NO ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING REQUIRED.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 20, 2017

Trip Director: Mr. Clark & Mr. Dominick

Service Trip Overview: La Salle has had a long legacy of making a difference in the City of Philadelphia. The Urban Immersion is a unique opportunity for students to live in community and work at various social service organizations in the city. Students will encounter the poor in soup kitchens, schools, churches, or on the streets. Students will have the opportunity to participate in homeless outreach, work at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries (North Phila.), Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission (Center City), Blessed Sarnelli House and Visitation BVM school (Kensington), St. Lucy School for the Hearing & Visually Impaired, Holy Innocents Parish (Juniata), Mother of Sorrows / St. Ignatius (West Phila.) as well as other agencies. The project will be based on the principles of the Lasallian Service Corp which are faith, service, and community.

Students and chaperones will be housed at a location in or around Center City Philadelphia. Throughout the week, students will work at various service sites in the city. In addition, spiritual, educational, and recreational activities will be provided.

Objectives:

  • Through our work make a visible and positive impact on the people in the community we serve.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious and cultural aspects of life for the urban poor and disadvantaged.
  • To gain an understanding of our Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of Philadelphia
  • To integrate insights gained during the service experience regarding the urban poor and disadvantaged and its culture with their own lives through group discussions and written reflection.

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any sophomore student who is in good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

Chicago

Dates: Sunday, June 3, 2018 to Saturday, June 9, 2018

Size: 12 Students

Cost: $1300 total. $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum $1000 Fund Raising (Individual & Group) per person

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Service Trip Overview: Chicago is the 3rd largest city in the United States, with a population of over 2.7 million people, 30% of whom are living at or below the poverty line. The Chicago Immersion is intended to take the junior urban immersion to the next level through a more intensified urban experience living in and working with the tens of thousands of marginalized people in Chicago. Our base of operations will be the Christian Brother run Br. David Darst Center. The Brother David Darst Center provides unique learning and immersion opportunities that explore issues of social justice through the lens of Christian social teachings of peace, justice and respect for human dignity and the environment. We seek to inspire a responsive active faith, a commitment to serve and a passion for social change.

Similar to the Philadelphia Urban Immersion, our work will be coordinated and facilitated through various Catholic Social services Agencies who work with the homeless; those with substance addictions; schools who are striving to make a difference; and others as the week unfolds.

Objectives:

  • Through our work make a visible and positive impact on the people in the community we serve.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious and cultural aspects of life for the urban poor and disadvantaged.
  • To gain an understanding of our Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of Chicago's poorest and most challenged neighborhoods.
  • To integrate insights gained during the service experience regarding the urban poor and disadvantaged and its culture with their own lives through group discussions and written reflection.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre- trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in all group related fund raising activities
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any junior student who is in good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations have been made.

Ireland

Dates: Sunday, June 3, 2018 to Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Size: 12 Students

Cost: $3000 total. $300 Application Fee (non-refundable if accepted); Minimum $2700 Fund Raising (Individual & Group) per person

Application Deadline: November 15, 2017

Service Trip Overview: When many think of Ireland they think of lush green hillsides, great music, and perhaps in many cases family heritage. But like many other parts of the world, Ireland too has experienced many of the same issues faced by American towns and cities due to the globalization of the economy. This trip is intended to strike a balance between the rich heritage of this island country, with the socio-economic challenges of many former industrialized towns. Our trip will be centered on one such city, Limerick and the surrounding area. Working with agencies servicing the poor, the elderly, and teens, as well as the Catholic Church, our students will receive a hands on experience and education on how social services are delivered in a country other than the U.S. In addition, students will meet and work with members of the Christian Brother community in Ireland as well as be exposed to the rich cultural heritage of Ireland through several side trips and other cultural experiences and guest speakers.

Our base of operation for the week will be Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. In addition, the staff of the college will be directly involved in hosting and directing daily activities.

Objectives:

  • Through our work make a visible and positive impact on the people in the community we serve.
  • To reflect upon and develop a better understanding of the social, political, economic, religious and cultural aspects of life for the urban poor and disadvantaged in an EU country.
  • To gain an understanding of our Catholic Social Teaching through interaction with and direct service to the people of Limerick's poorest and most challenged neighborhoods.
  • To integrate insights gained during the service experience regarding the urban poor and disadvantaged and its culture with their own lives through group discussions and written reflection.

Program Requirements:

  • Attend and participate in all pre- trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in all group related fund raising activities
  • Prepare and Lead with other assigned students, one morning prayer session and one evening prayer reflection

Criteria for Selection: The program is open to any junior student who is in good academic and disciplinary standing. The primary criterion is expressed interest in the objectives and aims of the program.

If you are accepted and decide not to participate, email Micky Dominick. The Application Fee will be non-refundable once airline reservations have been made.

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Branchout Days

During Freshman Year a La Salle student will participate in a Branchout Day. On these Branchout Days, an entire class boards buses to various service projects throughout the Philadelphia area. Faculty and Staff along with many fathers accompany the student groups and participate alongside.

2017 Freshman Branch out Day Info

Community Techserve

Moderators: Mr. Sigmund & Mr. Bonner

Program Description: Community Tech Serve is a program where our students are afforded the opportunity to utilize the technical gifts and talents in the support of IT related initiatives as local schools who do not have the resources to support / sustain their own environments. As a part of Tech Serve students not only have the opportunity to further their own IT skills, but also learn the value of sharing all of our talents with those in need. Often times, it is in these types of infrastructural areas that schools and organizations lack the funds and resources required to provide even the most basic levels of support to their organizations. Past initiatives have included the support of La Salle Academy in Kensington, and in the future a group of students may be traveling as far as Saint Michael's Indian School in Window Rock, AZ to support them in the installation and bringing on line of their computer lab.

Date, Time, & Frequency: Varies depending upon need & opportunity

Transportation Provided: Yes

Other Pertinent Information: For more information, contact Mr. Pete Sigmund or Mr. Ray Shay.



Elder Share

Moderators: Mr. Hartey & Mrs. Giuliani

Program Description: Elder Share is a weekly service progam for students to interact with elderly residents at two local retirement facilities, Saint Joseph Villa in Flourtown, and Artman Home in Ambler. Residents may have ambulatory, hearing, vision or memory issues. Students socialize with residents, play games and provide entertainment. These visits can prove challenging, but ultimately incredibly rewarding for these generous teenagers as they try to adapt to ever-changing situations with a variety of elder personalities.

Date, Time, & Frequency: Meet on Mondays, 2:45-5:00 p.m., beginning end of September and concluding end of April.

Transportation Provided: Yes, but Students may also travel by car.

Organization Site Address: Saint Joseph Villa, 110 W. Wissahickon Ave. Flourtown, PA 19031

Artman Home, 250 N. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA 19002


Organization Web Address: Saint Jospeh Villa: www.stjospehvilla.org

Artman Home: www.artmanhome.com

Food Drive

Moderators: Mr. Devlin

Program Description: Beginning in ealry November the La Salle community sponsors a food drive to benefit the St. Vincent's Parish Soup Kitchen. Serving the residents of Germantown, St. Vincent's provides meals and other necessary services to the homeless and less fortunate in our community. The drive is centered as a homeroom level collection where students are encouraged to work together to collect enough food and / or monies in order to ensure that the people who rely on St. Vincent's will know the same blessings as they, during this season of thanks. Food baskets are then brought forward during the annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service by the homeroom representatives, where they are blessed and then later delivered to St. Vincent's.

Date, Time, & Frequency: This is an annual event which runs from early November through the day before Thanksgiving

Transportation Provided: No

Organization Address: St. Vincent's Church, 109 E. Price St., Philadelphia, PA 19144

Organization Web Address: www.saint-vincent-church.org

Homeless Outreach

Moderators: Mrs. Agnew, Mr. McGranaghan

Program Description: The Homeless Outreach program is an opportunity for upperclass (juniors & seniors) La Salle students to interact with those living on the streets in Center City Philadelphia. La Salle students serve food, drink, clothes and most importantly friendship with those that are most vulnerable.

Date, Time, & Frequency: Tuesdays, 4:00PM to 7:30PM

Transportation Provided: Yes

Organization Address: Students meet in Campus Ministry and serve food and share fellowship with the homeless in various locations in Center City Philadelphia.

Other Pertinent Information: Program is limited to upperclassmen.


Human Rights Forum

Moderators: Mr. Williams and Mrs. McInaw

Program Description: The Human Rights Forum endeavors to: 1) Educate the students on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and Social Justice; 2) Advocate for the rights of the oppressed and victimized utilizing the resources of a variety of human rights organizations; and 3) Raise funds annually to support a human rights initiative through a non-profit organization. In addition, students are encouraged to become aware of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and other important documents and international treaties dealing with the subject of universal human rights. Members are also alerted to speakers in the surrounding area of interest to the goals of the club.

Date, Time, & Frequency: 3rd Wednesday of every month

Transportation Provided: No

La Salle Academy Tutoring

Moderators: Mrs. Whelan, Mrs. Diehl, Mr. Camusi

Program Description: LSA Tutoring is an after school tutoring program to help at-risk students at La Salle Academy in North Philadelphia. The objective of the program is to provide homework support for the LSA students, and provide opportunities for La Salle high school students to recognize their ability to provide academic support to students in need.

Date, Time, & Frequency: Weekly on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Transportation Provided: Yes

Organization Address: La Salle Academy, 1434 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Organization Web Address: www.lasalleacademy.net

Other Pertinent Information: La Salle high school students are scheduled for this activity on a weekly basis, however, opportunities exist for students to tutor on weeks they are not scheduled to go. Students also stop for pizza at El Greco prior to returning to La Salle - $1.50 per slice.

Mission Drive

Moderators: Br. William DiPasquale

Program Description: La Salle College High School and Mwangaza College are connected through the Lasallian Twinning Initiative. This initiative partners schools in the Lasallian Region of North America with Lasallian schools in the Lwanga District of the Christian Brothers. The Lwanga District includes the countries of Kenya, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia and South Africa. The annual Twinning appeal provides for the educational needs of African students who are economically poor and often even without families. Financial contributions from the North American schools are used to cover the cost of educating students in their respective twin schools in Africa. These costs include tuition, teacher salaries, building/maintenance expenses, purchase of books and school supplies, and even board/lodging.

The Brothers of the Christian Schools assumed direction of the school in 1993. It has grown to include more than 450 students and seven departments, including accounts, fashion and design, hair dressing, information technology, and food and beverage.

To learn more about the Twinning Program & Mwangaza College, visit the District Homepage and the Mwangaza College school Web Site.

Date, Time, & Frequency: Each Spring

Pheed Philly

Moderators: Mr.s Giuliani

Program Description: Pheed Philly is a program where students come together several times per month to prepare several hundred casseroles and other necessary foods in support of our Street Outreach and Sarnelli House programs. Under the supervision of faculty and staff, students will shop / provide all the ingredients; prepare; cook; and package casserole meals to feed the less fortunate in Philadelphia through several of our outreach initiatives. Often times the students who prepare the meals, will also have the opportunity to deliver and share fellowship with those who will benefit from this program.

Date, Time, & Frequency: Thursdays - Listen for announcements or see Mrs. Giuliani

Triest House

Moderators: Mr. Pinder

Program Description: The objective of this program is to assist developmentally challenged adult men with an exercise routine. The six residents need physical exercise to keep fit. LaSalle volunteers meet residents in their exercise room where there are two treadmills, two bike type exercise machines, some loose weights, and a simple rowing machine. Students provide motivation, time keeping, organize the rotation of residents on the machines and help some residents 'weigh in'. Ordinarily there is lots of interesting conversation with residents about sports, recent events, and other topics. Triest Hall is under the care of the Brothers of Charity who have been working with marginalized and vulnerable people since their foundation in 1806.

Date, Time, & Frequency: Tuesday (2 Volunteers per week) Arrival is at 4:15 PM and the workout is over by 5:15 PM. Volunteers usually sign up for 4 or more Thursdays.

Transportation Provided: Most students who drive prefer to drive themselves. Students needing transportation from LaSalle can ride with the moderator.

Organization Address: Brothers of Charity Residance, Triest Hall, 7720 Doe Lane, Laverock,PA 19038 (less than two miles from LaSalle)

Visitation BVM Afterschool Program

Moderators: Mrs. Winning and Mr. Barna

Program Description: The Visitation BVM after school program provides students with an opportunity to share their time and talents with the over 180 students who participate in this after school program in the heart of the Latino community. Located at C and Lehigh Ave in Kensington, Visitation remains an oasis of hope in one of Philadelphia's most challenged neighborhoods. Participants of the After School Program often help with homework and get involved in organized play activities, and more than anything provide students with a positive role model for what the gift of an education may one day provide for them.

Date, Time, & Frequency: Tuesdays. The van leaves La Salle by 3:00 and returns to La Salle High by 5:45.

Transportation Provided: Yes

Organization Address: Visitation BVM School C & Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Other Pertinent Information: The children get the most from us when we provide them with consistent, week-after-week attention. Even with that said, there is no official commitment expected from our La Salle student volunteers.


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