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Network of Sacred Heart Schools
2013 Summer Service

The application process for students has ended. Students will be notified of their acceptance and placement by the late February, 2013. Students will receive further information that is required for each project with their acceptance letters.

For questions about summer service, please contact Vicki Noonan, Business Manager at 636-724-7003 or vnoonan@sofie.org.

Timeline for Summer Service 2013

August 15, 2012: *Project Submission Form on http://sofie.org
September 28, 2012: *Summer Service Project Proposals Due 
October 12, 2012: *Project Approval Notifications
October 15, 2012: *Adult Applications Sent to Schools and posted on http://sofie.org for electronic submission
November 15, 2012: *Adult Applications Due
December 3, 2012: Student Applications sent to Network Schools and posted on http://sofie.org for electronic submission
January 14, 2013: Student Applications Due
February 15-16, 2013: *Project Staff Seminar
February 22, 2013: Student Notifications Sent
March 15, 2013: Student Forms Due into Network Office

*Adult Staff

2013 Network Summer Service Project Descriptions 

ISEA / Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY
Georgie Blaeser, RSCJ / Sprout Creek Farm – Poughkeepsie, NY
June 9 – June 19, 2013
Cost: $580.00
18-20 students (male and female)
Grade entering AFTER project 11-12 / Minimum age 16
Participants will be staying at The Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY

Description of Project:
The students will be schooled by all the cows and calves, sheep and lambs, goats and kids, bugs and plants, the land, the trees, the creek and pond, and, of course, one another. Summer in beautiful Hudson Valley offers one a chance to step back from complicated, fast-paced lives and take time to develop a better understanding of oneself and others, and of the local and global community. Days will be filled with diverse experiences that will give students new tools to critically examine one’s rapidly changing world. A seminar each day provides both the focus and the framework for deeper understanding of the complexities and interconnectedness of land-based resources here in the U.S. and in the world. A day at Sprout Creek is like no other. Working in a community that includes so many different kinds of animals in a setting with rolling pastures, lush gardens, creeks and ponds, and barns full of hay fosters deep spiritual reflection. Sharing the responsibilities for the animals with other students, tending the garden, working with calves, lambs and kids, and cooking meals together from the fruits of one’s labors build a strong sense of community. Conversations that range from global hunger to the tiniest bug in our soil will offer intellectual challenges to last a lifetime in a supportive and inspiring setting. Participants will be actively involved in animal husbandry, gardening, cooking and using produce from our gardens.

Alligators to Zydeco / New Orleans, LA
Libby Adams / Academy of the Sacred Heart-The Rosary, New Orleans, LA
June 15 – June 21, 2013
Cost: $175.00
10-12 students (female only) Grade entering AFTER project 8-9 / Minimum age 12
Participants will be staying at the Academy of the Sacred Heart-The Rosary, New Orleans, LA

Description of project:
In keeping with Goal III, Criterion 5, we seek to prepare participants to be stewards of the earth's resources. Through a hands-on approach, participants will understand the ecological challenges in Southeast Louisiana and the cultural and socio-economic impact of wetland loss on this region. The ultimate goal of the project is facilitating authentic, meaningful participation in the restoration of the rich coastal wetland ecology of South Louisiana. Program activities will emphasize the fragile nature of our environment; the intimate connections between the degradation of natural resources and the social, cultural, and economic impact on the regional community, both rural and urban; and the ultimate effect of wetlands loss on areas throughout the U.S. The schedule provides ample time for discussion and reflection, giving students the opportunity to prepare for each educational setting and part of the program, to determine personal goals and exchange ideas, and to draw inspiration from each other.

Juvenile Justice / Sacred Heart Schools Chicago, IL
Jane Steinfels / Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL
June 15 – June 22, 2013
Cost: $200.00
10-12 students (male and female) Grade Entering AFTER project 10-12 / Min age 16
Participants will be staying at: Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL

Description of Project:
The Juvenile Justice Summer Project will provide high school students from various states a perspective of the experience of a teenager in our nation’s criminal justice system. In an urban setting and an ethnically diverse population, the students will consider the context in which many of our nation’s teen-agers live. Students will look at different support structures that work to help young people who are at risk for a variety of reasons (prevention programs, alternative high schools, etc.) Students will learn about how the State of Illinois makes decisions about the prosecution of juvenile offenders as well as particular case-studies. Students will visit Cook County Jail, adult and juvenile court, Northwestern University’s Children and Family Justice Center (Street Law, Girl Talk, etc.), a peer jury program in the Chicago Public School system. Students will meet with advocates for juvenile justice, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, juvenile probation officers, social workers, educators, teenagers who have been in the justice system, college students researching juvenile justice, and others who have a role in the judicial system, in the communities, and in the lives of the young people.
Unlike a direct service opportunity, there is not a constituency being served. The students who participate in this project will learn about the systems that exist and will bring that knowledge back home and take some sort of action from their heightened awareness of the related issues.

Hearts Fighting Hunger / Greenwich, CT and New York City, NY
Jennifer Thayer / Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT
June 22 – June 26, 2013
Cost: $125.00
10-12 students (male and female) Grade entering AFTER project 7-8 / Minimum age 12
Participants will be staying at Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT

Description of Project:
Help change the world for the better!  Too easily we focus solely on our own lives, letting the needs of others fall away.  Join Hearts Fighting Hunger to help serve the needs of the hungry in New York City and surrounding areas.  Convent of the Sacred Heart, in Greenwich, Connecticut is just a short distance away from Manhattan and the Bronx.  We will travel into New York City to deliver food and clothing to the homeless and others in need.   We will spend time touring and volunteering at the Food Bank for Westchester and Part Of The Solution in the Bronx.  Students will reflect and be involved in discussions involving poverty and homelessness in the United States.

Agape Summer Service Project / Seattle & Bellingham, WA
Tanya Lange / Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, Seattle, WA
June 22 – June 29, 2013
Cost: $200.00
6-8 students (female only) Grade entering AFTER project 8-9 / Minimum age 13
Participants will be staying at: Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and at Sacred Heart Church in Bellingham, WA (1110 14th St. Bellingham, WA 98225)

Follow the blog: http://shagape2013.wordpress.com/

Description of Project:
The Agape Project serves the migrant farm worker community in Whatcom County, WA. The girls will arrive a full day before the actual work begins in order to discuss the project and build community. During the week of service, the girls will participate in a variety of activities. These include a food drive, a migrant immersion day, service at the local migrant camps, and work at a food bank that the students prepare and run. Time will be spent educating the student about issues affecting migrant workers, including immigration. Prayer and reflection will be an essential part of the experience.

St. Madeleine Sophie Center / El Cajon & San Diego, CA
Christy Crandall / Sacred Heart Schools, Chicago, IL
June 23 – June 29, 2013
Cost: $175.00
12-14 students (male/female) Grade entering AFTER project 9-11 / Minimum age 15
Participants will be staying at St. Madeleine Sophie Center, El Cajon, CA

Description of Project:
The volunteers assist the consumers (developmentally disabled adults) in various work capacities that include computers, janitorial, arts and crafts, supported employment, and gardening. The consumers look forward to the volunteers’ companionship during the day. The coming of the Sacred Heart kids is a big highlight of their year. The consumers at St. Madeleine’s Sophie Center are developmentally disabled adults who either need to learn skills to be placed in the workforce or to develop social skills so they can live comfortably in their communities. During our week at the Center, students will be working with the consumers in different capacities. They may help in the garden or computer lab. Some may go into the community with the supported employment team or just help the consumers learn the social skills of shopping at a department store. Students also have the opportunity of visiting the Sophie Gallery where beautiful artwork and crafts are produced by the consumers.

Food Deserts in the Land of Plenty
Kaela Geschke / Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart – Chicago, IL
June 24 – June 29, 2013
Cost: $150.00
8-10 students (female only) Grade entering AFTER the project 10-12 / Minimum age 16
Participants will be staying at: Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, Chicago, IL

Follow the blog: http://fooddesertsinthelandofplenty.blogspot.com/

Description of Project:
Students will begin the trip by volunteering at the Greater Chicago Food Depository and a local food pantry, in order to evaluate the quality of food provided by those services. Students will shop in neighborhoods designated as food deserts to experience the difficulty first hand. With the guidance of experts from Food Desert Action and City Farm, students will examine the negative health effects of food deserts and the unjust policy issues that affect our food systems. In the final days of our trip, we will explore and support innovative solutions to food deserts through; volunteering at urban farms, touring The Plant (a vertical farm and food business incubator), and spending time on Fresh Moves – a Chicago transit bus which has been converted to a traveling fresh food market. Each day we will engage in academic reflections on the underlying systematic causes of food deserts and question how our personal faith calls us to take action. We hope by the end of our time together students have the tools and motivation which compels them to be advocates in the area of food justice.

Service and Justice/Greenwich, CT
Lori Wilson/Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT
July 20 – July 27, 2013
Cost: $175.00
10-12 students (female only) Grade entering AFTER the project 10-12 / Minimum age 15
Participants will be staying at: Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT

Description of Project:
Participants will learn about the struggles of low income families in the tri-state area. They will work in CSH, Greenwich’s Summer Outreach Program for low income families assisting in classrooms, in the pool, on the farm, in the gym or on our fields and in the cafeteria. As participants work with the children during the day later afternoons will be given over to discussions, presentations and some analysis of the social justice issues that face this population such as prioritizing and making choices between paying for food or medicine, paying bills or rent, paying for healthcare, dealing with language barriers, and attaining citizenship.

Planet Earth, Dig It / Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY
Sr. Georgie Blaeser, RSCJ / Sprout Creek Farm – Poughkeepsie, NY
July 21 – July 26, 2013
Cost: $390.00
18-20 students (male and female) Grade entering AFTER project 10-12 / Minimum age 15
Participants will be staying at: Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY

Description of Project:
DIG IT is a week-long service program. The context is food. The issue is hunger. The effects of both abundance and scarcity impact all species and affect our spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental, balance, and ultimately the very health of the planet itself. Participants will do animal chores, work in Sprout Creek Farm gardens, cook with the fruits of the harvest, develop traditional farm skills, work at the Lunch Box, a soup kitchen for the hungry and homeless of the area. Significant time will be spent in activities, reflection and hands on seminars that explore and analyze the significance of sustainable farms, and sustainable practices, and the impact of food choice for us and for the world. While building community with one another, participants will engage in activities that make the connection between actions and the earth’s resources. There will be time as well to cook, swim in the creek, and enjoy all the life at Sprout Creek Farm.

Clown Academy I / Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, NJ
Thomas von Oehsen / Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart – Princeton, NJ
July 27 – August 3, 2013
Cost: $200.00
12-14 students (male and female) Grade entering AFTER the project 8-12 / Minimum age 12
Participants will be staying at: Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart, Princeton, NJ

Description of Project:
Clown Academy is a project designed for students entering grades 8th through 12th. Students will learn such circus skills as juggling, unicycle riding, stilt walking, tight rope walking, globe walking and swinging on a trapeze. Each student will also create a clown character complete with make-up, costume and wig. After two days of intensive training, students will share their skills by traveling into Trenton, NJ and teaching children from Martin House and Homefront, two community centers serving the poorest families in Trenton. The project will culminate in a circus performance.

Project Harvest I / Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY
Sr. Georgie Blaeser, RSCJ / Sprout Creek Farm
Project Harvest I July 28 – August 2, 2013
Cost: $390.00
18-20 students per session (female only) Grade entering AFTER project 7-9 / Minimum age 13
Participants will be staying at: Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY

Description of Project:
Project Harvest is a week-long service-based educational program focused on the issues of food security, sustainable agriculture, and responsible food choices. Through service at a local soup kitchen and a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, the participants will gain a first-hand understanding of these issues. At the Lunch Box, the students will not only prepare and serve food to local community members, but they will also eat lunch with those receiving service. This interaction will foster empathetic connections between the two groups. At the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, the students will assist with a variety of gardening chores that need to be completed that day (including weeding, harvesting, planting, etc.). PFP members will also educate the students about CSA’s and what role they serve in local community. To highlight the interconnectedness of the two community-based organizations, the students will harvest produce from the CSA and later donate it to the soup kitchen. During their time at Sprout Creek Farm, the students will participate in a variety of farm chores relating to food production (cow and goat milking, gardening, harvesting, cooking, food preservation, feeding animals, etc.) in order to foster an understanding of the hard work required for sustainable agriculture. Participation in chores will also encourage an understanding of the interconnectedness of all aspects of a diverse agricultural setting. Evenings at the farm will conclude with a discussion each night on a variety of topics relating to food (local and seasonal eating, slow foods, global food insecurity/security, youth agriculture movement, urban agriculture, etc.) Other activities will include a natural art project using wild as well as garden products, and a night-time hike along Sprout Creek. The week will conclude with a Hunger Banquet to highlight the global disparity in food distribution, a campfire with a focus on traditional harvest celebrations from around the world, and a salsa-making competition using only produce from the garden at Sprout Creek Farm. Through exposure to multiple community-based organizations addressing food insecurity, encourage the participants to consider the differences between programs that reach the root of the problem and those that provide “Band-Aid” solutions.

Project Harvest II / Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY
Sr. Georgie Blaeser, RSCJ / Sprout Creek Farm
August 4 – August 9, 2013
Cost: $390.00
18-20 students per session (female only) Grade entering AFTER project 7-9 / Minimum age 13
Participants will be staying at: Sprout Creek Farm, Poughkeepsie, NY

Description of Project:
Project Harvest is a week-long service-based educational program focused on the issues of food security, sustainable agriculture, and responsible food choices. Through service at a local soup kitchen and a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, the participants will gain a first-hand understanding of these issues. At the Lunch Box, the students will not only prepare and serve food to local community members, but they will also eat lunch with those receiving service. This interaction will foster empathetic connections between the two groups. At the Poughkeepsie Farm Project, the students will assist with a variety of gardening chores that need to be completed that day (including weeding, harvesting, planting, etc.). PFP members will also educate the students about CSA’s and what role they serve in local community. To highlight the interconnectedness of the two community-based organizations, the students will harvest produce from the CSA and later donate it to the soup kitchen. During their time at Sprout Creek Farm, the students will participate in a variety of farm chores relating to food production (cow and goat milking, gardening, harvesting, cooking, food preservation, feeding animals, etc.) in order to foster an understanding of the hard work required for sustainable agriculture. Participation in chores will also encourage an understanding of the interconnectedness of all aspects of a diverse agricultural setting. Evenings at the farm will conclude with a discussion each night on a variety of topics relating to food (local and seasonal eating, slow foods, global food insecurity/security, youth agriculture movement, urban agriculture, etc.) Other activities will include a natural art project using wild as well as garden products, and a night-time hike along Sprout Creek. The week will conclude with a Hunger Banquet to highlight the global disparity in food distribution, a campfire with a focus on traditional harvest celebrations from around the world, and a salsa-making competition using only produce from the garden at Sprout Creek Farm. Through exposure to multiple community-based organizations addressing food insecurity, encourage the participants to consider the differences between programs that reach the root of the problem and those that provide “Band-Aid” solutions.