Summer Service Projects

This commitment to educate young people and to empower them to have a transformative influence on their own lives and on the greater community stems from our founder, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. 

Goal 3: Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action. 

Criteria 6: Sacred Heart Educators work to develop in the students a lifelong commitment to service. 
Rooted in the Goals and Criteria with an emphasis on Goal III, Network Summer Service Projects are intended to provide students with immersive learning experiences that promote the inherent dignity of all humans and deepen students’ understanding of service to others. During these projects, students from across the Network come together to examine varying social justice issues and consider different world realities. These programs encourage critical analysis, informed action, and civic responsibility through direct service, advocacy, proximity, or community partnerships.

Summer Service Projects are sponsored by the Network and hosted by individual schools across the United States and Canada. Each fall, the Network office invites all schools to consider offering a project for that summer.  Network Summer Service Projects are valuable experiences that have been serving Sacred Heart students for over 30 years. These Network sponsored projects would not be possible without the vision and leadership of Sacred Heart Educators and our schools’ generosity. The Network is incredibly grateful to all who participate in these projects and our partnership supporting young individuals. 

The Network is currently conducting a three-year review of Summer Service projects. As a result, we hope to create new support structures that allow for project sustainability and growth. The new Summer Service Project manual will be sent to schools by mid-September, which will detail these new support structures and additional changes. 

We will also be hosting informational meetings for faculty members interested in hearing more about Summer Service projects and these recent changes. For more information on these meetings and Summer Service projects, click here. 
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Past Projects

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  • #3DNYC - Diversity, Differences, and Dialogue

    Convent of the Sacred Heart
    New York, New York
    Using dialogue training, direct service, and reflection, students dove deep into the eight social identifiers of diversity (age, race, ethnicity, ability, gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status). 
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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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  • 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. 
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.