Our Catholic faith calls us to love through action, to seek truth, to be servant leaders.
The Christian Service Program at Badin High School invites our students to do just that.
The Christian Service Program for Students
Badin High School is proud to launch our new Christian Service Program beginning with the Class of 2021! The Christian Service Program at Badin High School is an intentional four-year program that will invite students to actively live out the teachings of Christ, to engage in conversations of the Gospel’s call for justice, to become other-centered in a culture that focuses primarily on self. Students will be encouraged to grow in their awareness of social justice issues and to participate in meaningful service experiences, bettering both themselves and our community in the process. Our hope is that students will deepen their faith through experiences of service, and will gain an understanding of the call to practice generosity, to pursue justice, and to serve in solidarity.
Each academic year has a theme and an action plan, and participation will fulfill the service graduation requirement. Service hours are encouraged, though are not required (with the exception of the Junior Year Action Plan), and will be recorded through an online service platform (www.InnerView.org) that will allow students to create a service profile and to be acknowledged for their service to their school, to their parish, and to the nonprofit world. Participation in existing programs, such as Shantytown, the Magnified Giving Club, Meet.Serve.Grow., and Summer in Solidarity is also encouraged.
The format of Badin’s Christian Service Program will be as follows:
The Freshman Year Theme is AWARENESS, and the Action Plan is participation in the interactive educational experiences of Awareness Week at Badin during the first quarter and Awareness Days during the following three quarters. These experiences invite students to think and talk about the social justice issues faced in our community and in our world. Awareness Week begins with the question, “How is my world different than the rest?” and then explores issues of privilege and injustice in our society with activities and small group discussions. The week also includes presentations and activities led by both local and international nonprofit organizations. The Awareness Days that follow over the next three quarters look more specifically at issues in the United States and in our local community, such as poverty, addiction, low-income housing, and immigration, asking students to think critically about the cause and effect of such issues, in order to become more and more aware of the circumstances and needs of others. It is our hope that the AWARENESS program of the freshman year will begin each student’s story of service, as they come to recognize the needs of others and begin to contemplate their responsibility to respond.
The Sophomore Year Theme is CALL TO ACTION, and the Action Plan introduces students to the local non profits that are serving the social justice issues faced, inviting them to hear the call to action that awareness invokes and to discover how to use their own gifts through action. During the first semester, each student will participate in an Urban Action Day, spending a day serving at nonprofits in Over the Rhine and reflecting on that experience at St. Vincent DePaul’s Ozanam Center for Service Learning. Students will learn about some of the specific issues that affect our community and will see how nonprofits work to address those issues through action and advocacy, and they will be encouraged to reflect on their own response to God’s call to be a person for others. In the spring semester, we host a Service Fair at Badin where students will be introduced to many local nonprofits and will have the opportunity to research agencies of interest where they might take the opportunity to begin serving. Also, throughout the entire year, sophomores will be specifically targeted for participation in our “Meet.Serve.Grow.” and our “Badin Action Day” programs, giving them opportunities to put their awareness into action. By the end of their sophomore year, students will be asked to choose an agency to partner with for the Junior Year Action Plan of Relationship. It is the hope that the sophomore year of CALL TO ACTION will inspire students to think about their own passions and gifts and to discover how they can use those gifts for the good of others.
The Junior Year Theme is RELATIONSHIP, and the Action Plan invites students to commit to serve at one non profit agency for a minimum of twenty hours over the course of their Junior Year, building the kind of relationship that responds to the Gospel’s call for justice, that builds community, that creates change. Students choose an agency that addresses an issue that matters to them, they participate in service that utilizes their own unique gifts, and they work to build relationship with those they are serving and with those they are serving with. This kind of lasting partnership practiced through the RELATIONSHIP Action Plan not only better benefits the agency and the people they serve by providing consistent support, but it also provides the student the opportunity to learn through relationship, to develop compassion for those who are in need, to put love into action for the causes they believe in, just as we are called to do in the Gospel.
Finally, the Senior Year Theme will be SERVANT LEADERSHIP, and the Action Plan will ask students to lead through service with a final capstone project for their selected agency, putting into action all they have learned and experienced through service thus far. This program will begin with the senior class during the 2020/2021 school year.
Each year of Badin’s Christian Service Program will build upon the last, giving our students another opportunity to “THINK. ACHIEVE. SERVE. LEAD.” As our students engage in service and earn their service graduation requirement through participation in the program, we hope they will grow in their faith, learn about the issues of the world around them, and contribute to the betterment of our community.
The requirements for students who will be seniors in 2019/2020, WILL NOT CHANGE!
These students will follow the requirement that was in place when they began at Badin, which asks each student to record at least 15 hours of service to school, church, or nonprofit agency. Students must log their own hours through InnerView, our partner-agency online service platform. Students can go to https://my.innerview.org to log in and record hours. Parents can view their student’s profile by going to www.innerview.org and searching for their student.
“Meet. Serve. Grow.” is a program that allows students to go to local non-profits, meet the directors and hear about the issues faced, serve at the agency, and reflect on how that service calls them to grow. These experiences are offered throughout the year at various local nonprofit agencies such as The Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton, Open Door Food Pantry, Hamilton Living Waters Ministry, The Caring Closet, and Shared Harvest.
Magnified Giving is a philanthropy program open to all students. Members of this club research social justice issues and the agencies that serve them, serve at those agencies, and reward a grant to the local non-profit they deem most worthy. The Magnified Giving Club gives a powerful experience of generosity and philanthropy to our students and benefits our community in a concrete way. Go to www.magnifiedgiving.org for more information.
Shantytown is an educational program where students participate in activities that create an understanding of modern day homelessness as it exists in our town. Students are encouraged to sleep outside overnight at Badin--a form of action that is designed not to simulate homelessness, but to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness by getting students to ask questions about poverty as it exists in our community. Shantytown 2019 will be Thursday, November 7th to Friday, November 8th. Registration will begin in October.
Badin Action Days happen when the students of Badin High School connect with a local non-profit and commit to creating a service project that will meet a pressing need of that agency. These service days involve a larger number of students along with faculty, staff, and families, because the more hands and hearts we have involved, the more good we can do in just one day! In 2018/2019, we partnered with Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Experience & the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton for our Badin Action Days! Dates and sign up information for the 2019/2020 Badin Action Days will be shared in The Badin Blast and on InnerView throughout the year!
The Service Leadership Board works to create opportunities of service for our students that are relevant, inspiring, and beneficial to the disadvantaged of our community. The Board is comprised of students in their junior or senior year who have a passion for social justice and service, and who want to work to spread awareness throughout the Badin community of the value of service and the importance of generosity and justice.
"Summer in Solidarity" is our service trip program that offers students the opportunity to serve in a new way, immersing themselves in a new place and time, without the everyday distractions of the school year. We host two domestic trips and one international trip each summer, inviting students to be with and to pay deeper attention to people in the world living a life much different than their own. Trips are based on four cornerstones: community, spirituality, simplicity, and service, and are incredible experiences of learning to live in solidarity. In 2020, we will be traveling to Solsberry Hill in Indiana, to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia, and to Project Manana in the Dominican Republic. Find out more about the 2020 Summer in Solidarity trips at the Student/Parent Information Meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2019.
Ongoing Service Opportunities
Members of our Service Leadership Board coordinate regular service at several local nonprofits. From Hamilton Living Water Ministry and The Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton, both providing service to local youth through mentorship at after school programs, to supporting foster families through service at Hope’s Closet, to spending time with the residents of Westover Retirement Community or sharing conversation with young families in need with YoungLives, to feeding the hungry at The Community Meal Center--there are many opportunities to serve in a unique way. Go once to learn more or go every week to gain experience and build relationship--find the place that matters most to you and use your gifts through service! Many local service opportunities are also listed on InnerView, our online service platform. See Mrs. Halverson to find out what service would be a good fit for you!
As our students engage in service, we hope they will grow in their faith, learn about the issues of the world around them, and contribute to the betterment of our community. Questions regarding the Service Program at Badin can be directed to Mrs. Megan Halverson, Christian Service Coordinator, at mhalverson@BadinHS.org.