Rooted in the transformative social service legacy of Saint Vincent DePaul and Saint Louise DeMarillac, service learning and community engagement are integral parts of a DePaul College Prep education. Each student participates in, and reflects on, a variety of service projects as part of their formation toward living as a mission-driven adult.
- Freshman Year: Required 10 verified hours of service
- Sophomore Year - Senior Year: Students engage in group service projects through athletic teams, clubs, and other student organizations.
Service Hours may be acquired through any combination of the following types of activities:
- Group service projects with athletic teams, clubs, and other students groups
- Vincentian Day Colloquium
- School events that take place outside of school hours such as Open House, Back to School Night, etc.
- Serving with verified not-for-profit or community service organizations & activities (a dynamic list of organizations and opportunities can be found here)
- Administering tutoring through a social service or scholarship organization
- Helping to coach children (without pay)
- Participating in a DePaul Prep initiative such as the Rincon Family Services Gift Drive
- Signing up for service oppotunities via MobileServe, posted on Schoology and read in morning announcements
GRADUATION CORDS AND THE VINCENTIAN SERVICE AWARD
Honors Cords: Students who complete a minimum number of service hours over their 4 years will be invited to submit a written reflection in order to receive honors cords for graduation. Hours that qualify a student for honors cords must be completed at Chicago area non-profit organizations, highlighting the Vincentian charism of serving those on the margins.
The Vincentian Service Award is given each year to a graduating student who is recognized for an exceptional level of community service, both in hours and impact. This student instinctively responds to the central Vincentian question, “What must be done?” and takes action with joy and enthusiasm. This student recognizes that “it is not enough to do good, it must be done well,” taking ownership of the health and well-being of the people they serve.