St. John Vianney High School is committed to practicing the Characteristics of Marianist Education, which include our dedication to educating our students for a commitment to service, justice and peace.
Pope Paul VI said, "if you want peace work for justice." We in the Vianney Family believe that in order to bring social and economic justice to the world, we must first teach our students the value of serving the less fortunate.
St. John Vianney High School's Student Service Learning Program requires each freshman and sophomore student to perform 20 hours of community service each year. Juniors must complete 60 hours of service and have a two-week release time at the end of May for direct service to those in need. Service Immersion Trips are offered during spring break or summer. Recent trips have included Jamaica, Appalachia, New Orleans and Mexico.
Freshmen and sophomores are required to perform 20 hours of service each year. The students may choose to do all 20 hours with one recognized service agency, or they may choose to divide their service hours between multiple agencies.
We recommend that Freshmen and Sophomores perform service with agencies that assist the poor and vulnerable such as:
There are any number of options! By no means is this list exhaustive or restrictive. It is merely a place to start. Students should find a place and a population that inspires them to want to help. Students are encouraged to call any of the types of agencies listed above and to ask to speak to the agency's volunteer coordinator.
St. John Vianney High School requires that Juniors participate in a Service Project during the second semester of their Junior year. It is a two-week service learning experience that addresses the Marianist calls to Educate for Service, Justice and Peace, Adaptation and Change and Formation in Faith. The purpose of the Social Service Project or SSP is to:
Service hours must be recorded and submitted to the HelperHelper App by the first day of school for the next academic year, which is to say that freshmen must have their hours submitted by the beginning of their sophomore year, and sophomores by the beginning of their junior year.
By witnessing the needs of their fellow citizens, our students build an understanding of the plight of the working poor and of the need for the justice for all people, especially those about whom Jesus spoke when he preached, "What you do the least of my people, so you do unto me." (Mt 25:45) Through their service, students at St. John Vianney High School experience building the Kingdom of God on Earth.