Programs

Summer Service Projects

Simple Living, Positive and Open Attitude

In solidarity and mutuality with the poor and marginalized, students are asked to leave behind the materialism and commercialism of today’s world. In addition to serving among and with the poor and marginalized, it is hoped that the students experience a personal transformation by living in a communal setting, practicing simply living and maintaining a positive and open attitude.

Past Projects

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  • #ProjectNAO

    Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
    Miami, Florida

    After becoming fully equipped with the features, limits and value of the NAO Humanoid robots, students then applied programming processes and their new skills to the needs of marginalized, inner-city children. 
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  • Juvenile Justice

    Sacred Heart Schools, Sheridan Road
    Chicago, Illinois

    To gain a perspective of the experience of a teenager in our nation’s criminal justice system, students looked at different support structures that work to help students who are at risk for a variety of reasons. 
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  • Rebuild NOLA

    Duchesne House
    New Orleans, Louisiana
     
    Through a partnership with Academy of the Sacred Heart, New Orleans and Duchesne House for Volunteers students learned about the importance of coastal restoration and hurricane recovery. 
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  • Turned Out: Modern Day Slavery – Humans Not For Sale

    Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
    Houston, Texas

    Students met with various members of law enforcement, universities and non-profit organizations to learn what human trafficking is, how it happens, how to prevent it and how to assist survivors once rescued. 
One of the great benefits of every service project is the opportunity to develop new friendships with students from across the country who come from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students are invited to step outside of their comfort zones to reach out and make certain that each person feels like an important part of the “project community.”

The Network Summer Service Programs evolved from the vocation committee of the US Province (now known as the Society of the Sacred Heart United States - Canada). The concept was that the RSCJ could work with students in the schools on service projects as a way to foster future vocations. This has changed over the years and now staff and faculty from the 24 schools of the Network create and lead these summer service programs.

The projects, now in their 27th year, offer students a unique experience of service and community, which has consistently made a significant impact on the lives of all who have been involved as well as the school communities to which the students return.
Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.