Students are encouraged to complete an off-campus service experience. The result is universally transformational for those who participate. In providing service to vulnerable communities—De La Salle Blackfoot School in Montana, Romero Center in Camden, Homestead migrant worker’s camp in Florida—Academy men put their faith into action. Students usually contribute a fee for the trip, while the Academy underwrites a significant portion of the costs. As we strive to include a more diverse student body, as well as have the resources for meaningful trips, we intend to establish an endowed fund that will make sure this program goes on forever.
From first year to last, Academy men are required to attend community-building retreats that allow them to step back from day-to-day concerns and focus on developing their faith. Along the way they are introduced to the teachings of De La Salle and prepared for Christian manhood in society. An endowed program fund will ensure that this fundamental element of the Academy experience is available for students in the years ahead.
Directed for many years by Brother Joseph Miggins, the Christian Service Program inspires Academy men to become life-long leaders through service for others, expanding each student’s perspective of the world.
To graduate, Academy men are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of service to the less fortunate. Many serve at the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, community soup kitchens, and local CCD programs.
There are costs associated with the Christian Service Program, such as transportation and collateral materials. While participation is required to graduate, we are mindful that service opportunities are limited for students who may not be able to afford the expenses entailed. That is why we hope to endow the program. This will enable us to fully live out our Lasallian values by providing service to the outside community while supporting our students.