Junior Service Project (JSP)

Class of 2019 – Proposal Form – due Friday, May 25, 2018
Class of 2018 – Description and Requirements
Class of 2018 – Guidelines for Writing Assignment – due Friday, April 28, 2017
Class of 2018 – Potential Organizations for JSP

The Junior Service Project is described in detail during Sophomore Retreat held during spring of sophomore year, and students have the opportunity to meet with representatives from various service organizations. The focus of the Junior Service Project is accompanying people who are marginalized. Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of service at one location.

  • Students must volunteer with organizations who directly serve those in need. Although some of their volunteer hours might be support services, this cannot be the primary focus of the organization.
    For example, working at a food center that serves meals is acceptable; working at a food collection site such as a food bank is not acceptable.
  • While we acknowledge the important contributions of institutions such as nature centers, museums, and animal rescue centers, etc. these are NOT considered acceptable placements for JSP. Students may work in a setting with animals only if the focus is on serving people in need.
    For example, working at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center is acceptable; walking dogs at the Humane Society is not acceptable for JSP.
  • While many students earn service hours in their church or civic organizations in 9th and 10th grade, it is unlikely that these would meet the criteria for JSP. To be approved, a site such as a summer camp must demonstrate that the majority of people served are living in economic poverty or some other identifiable need.
    For example, a parish service/immersion experience to an underserved community (domestic or international) would be acceptable; working at Vacation Bible School would not be acceptable.
     For example, working at a camp serving children with special needs is acceptable; volunteering at your town’s rec center may not meet the criteria.

Deadlines and Late Proposals or Projects

PROPOSAL – due on the last Friday of May of sophomore year. Proposals MUST be approved before a student can begin their service. Failure to turn in the proposal in a timely manner may jeopardize a student’s ability to work on the project during the summer prior to junior year.

PROJECT - due on the last Friday of April of a student’s junior year. A completed project includes: outline, essay (4 – 6 pages) and documentation of 30 hours of service on a standard Beaumont service form. In the event that a supervisor is unable to sign the Beaumont form, we will accept an email from the site supervisor confirming the dates/time/hours of service completed. The email should be sent directly to the student (NOT to Campus Ministry) and attached to a regular Beaumont service form.

JSP is graded as Pass/Fail. If any part of the project is incomplete on the due date, the student will receive a failing grade for the Junior Project. The failing grade will remain permanently on the student’s transcript. A failure make-up grade will be entered to the transcript once the Junior Service Project is completed. All of these requirements must be met in order to graduate.

If a student is considering running for student council the Junior Service Project must be completed prior to the application process in order to run for office.

Students applying for honor societies may submit documentation for service hours at the beginning of junior year even if the JSP essay and outline are not completed.

ILT and Senior Privileges will be revoked for any senior who has not completed the Junior Service Project prior to the start of senior year.