Service Projects & Mission Trips
Our service program builds relationships between our community and the diverse needs and populations of our city. Individual students may serve through their house of worship, a social service outlet of their choice, or help a neighbor in need. Clubs and Athletic Teams serve together and the school as a whole sponsors various collections for food, clothing, and other items.
DePaul College Prep has partnered with these and other organizations: Misericordia Home, Horner Park, Rincon Family Services, Maryville Crisis Nursery, Saint Paul’s House, Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, and soup kitchens on the north side.
We also offer an annual week-long service immersion trip to a location in the United States and a bi-annual trip to Central or South America. Past trips include serving with Catholic Heart Work Camp in locations throughout the U.S., installing stoves in a rural community in Guatemala, creating an infrastructure for a community center in Costa Rica, and much more.
The goal of this program is to give students an experience of Christian living through service to others. This experience is meant to help students integrate what they are learning in the classroom into their everyday lives. It will also allow them to come to a real and lasting understanding of Christian commitment by being an instrument for the renewal of society as taught by Jesus in the Gospels, and responding to Saint Vincent DePaul’s great question, “What must be done?”
a. A minimum of five service activities is required for all students each year, with minimum of one activity performed each semester. At least one service activity should be with the DePaul Prep community, and the remainder through a recognized social service agency. The school sponsors several activities both at the school and with select agencies throughout the year, but students should also seek projects on their own. Extensive service projects such as immersion trips may account for more than one of the five required activity requirements as determined by the religion teacher.
b. Students are held accountable for their service activities in their religion classes by entering them into our online service platform and completing reflection activities as assigned by the teacher.