Making a Difference
Service is integral to the Xavier experience and is deeply embedded in the educational fabric of the School and woven into the curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Xavier’s Christian Service Program was founded in 1976, the first program of its kind in Arizona and one of the largest youth service providers in the state. Students are required to complete 50 hours of community service prior to the end of their junior year. Xavier students collectively contribute more than 30,000 service hours annually to more than 100 local Christian communities. Known worldwide for academic and athletic excellence, Xavier’s impact on the community is felt in the gift of service given generously by its students.
Local Christian Communities Served
Service Hours Logged annually
- The Christian Service Program is introduced to students in Theology class in the Spring of Sophomore year. They may begin accruing hours toward their project goal at this time. Process and procedures are explained at this time, along with access to NECESSARY PROGRAM DOCUMENTS.
- Students will begin by investigating opportunities for service, which are of personal interest and correspond to their gifts and talents. After considering obligations to school, sports teams, activities, and with the aid of prayerful discernment, students will select and commit to an agency.
- Students must seek approval from the Project Coordinator for this agency prior to beginning work. Once the project has been introduced, the student will have access to a list of agencies Xavier students have previously volunteered with.
- Students will be responsible for keeping track of their hours and submitting them to the Project Coordinator.
- Students who have not completed fifty hours by the end of Third Quarter Junior year will receive an “Incomplete” grade for Quarter 3 of Theology III. If the hours are completed during the Fourth Quarter, the student will lose 10% of her original grade for the quarter. Fifty hours are required in order to graduate from Xavier.
- In order to facilitate students’ community awareness, spiritual growth, and sense of solidarity; students will produce meaningful written reflections about their individual experiences.
- The student will provide site volunteer coordinator with this tool, along with a cover letter and stamped envelope, pre-addressed to Xavier College Preparatory, Attn: Christian Service Coordinator. Students are responsible for logging their hours in x2VOL and following up
with their supervisor for verification. Hours served beginning August 1 of their Freshman year may be logged toward their Christian Service goal.
- Xavier students represent Xavier at all times, on or off campus, whether in uniform or not; and are expected to abide by the requirements of the Statement of Respect which they along with their parents have signed. Volunteers will keep the communication with agency and co-workers positive and open, and remain faithful to the schedules and quality of work to which they have committed.
- The Diocese of Phoenix is committed to upholding a culture of safety and the protection of all God’s children from abuse. Relationships among people are the foundation of ministry within the Catholic Church. Defining healthy boundaries and policies to maintain safe environments are not meant to undermine the importance of personal contact in ministry with others. Student volunteers will recall their “Called to Protect” training in order to preserve the well-being and dignity of themselves, and those whom they serve.
- Xavier encourages student volunteers to work with non-profit organizations that benefit individuals with physical or developmental disabilities, elderly persons; in kitchens or hospitality houses, hospitals/hospices; for their parishes/faith communities (any faith community to which the volunteer herself belongs), youth mentoring programs, pro-life/women/family Services. Students selecting an agency not listed must seek approval from a theology teacher for this agency prior to beginning work. Xavier Students will not receive credit toward their Christian Service requirement for any work with a political party or candidate, work that is illegal, or contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.