“I do not know what your destiny will be, but I do know…the only ones among us who will truly be happy are those who have sought for and found a way to serve.” Albert Schweitzer
The Community Service Program is designed to instill in students a lifelong pattern of giving, by helping them to develop a connection with the larger society. At this age, community service is a door to the world, and we encourage and support students to do their community service in areas that reflect their passions--and in ways that leave them changed as much as those they serve.
Program requirements overview:
9th grade Community Awareness class; 10 Community Awareness Hours completed outside of class during that semester
9th OR 10th grade One 20-hour project, done either year; must be completed by the end of 10th grade
11th grade Service Leadership class; 15-hour project completed outside of class during that semester
12th grade Community Outreach Council combined with Senior Mysteries classes
Please feel free to contact the Community Service Office if you have any questions.
Community Awareness,1/4 year credit, required for one semester at the 9th grade level.
In this one-hour, semester-long class, the primary goal is to introduce students to service participation at the high school level. After reviewing the Upper School graduation requirement, students learn about community service needs and opportunities through a variety of speakers and other experiences. Students are exposed to local service venues such as: OPCC, Westside Food Bank, Head Start, St. Anne School, convalescent homes, etc. The class may visit some of the above organizations during class time so students can have a more hands-on experience. The intention is that students discover a range of possibilities and ultimately find personally meaningful opportunities through service. During this semester (both inside and outside of class time) students complete the 10-hour Community Awareness requirement. This class is Pass, Fail, or Honors. Honors is given at the discretion of the teacher, taking into account the completion of an additional 5 Awareness hours, timeliness, and the quality of class participation and assignments.
Senior Mysteries/Community Outreach
Senior Mysteries/Community Outreach, one year requirement, 1/2 year credit.
At the senior level, this course integrates the Mysteries and Community Service Human Development requirement. The class meets for two hours per week as a group for the entire year. This course aims to prepare students for their passage from adolescence to young adulthood, from high school to college, from living at home to leaving home. Separation and individualization, personal responsibility, and concerns of emerging adulthood are central topics of this age level. The class includes preparation for an optional five-day retreat and Rite of Passage at the Ojai Foundation which provides an opportunity to look more deeply at issues raised by students during the year.
Community Outreach is integrated into the issues of the class in order to help foster a connection between personal and global concerns. During class time, students participate in a group Community Outreach Project that allows Crossroads students to participate in Council with other Los Angeles based schools, our own elementary school, and other groups in our community.
The Community Outreach component builds on students’ Council experiences from previous years.
Service Leadership,1/4 year credit, required for one semester at the 11th grade level.
A semester long class intended to develop students’ service leadership awareness and skills. This course supports students in bringing their service experience to the next level--from participation to leadership. Students in this class fulfill a 15-hour project while acquiring and demonstrating service leadership skills. The 15-hours will consist of both research and project hours. Students develop a deeper understanding of what service leadership means and identify the service leadership skills they want to strengthen. Examples of these skills might be public speaking, delegation, decision making, organization, etc. Over the course of the semester, students explore and hone these skills in preparation for and implementation of their project. Students also learn more about what goes into creating and maintaining a service-based non-profit organization through a variety of speakers and curriculum. This class is Pass, Fail, or Honors. Honors is given at the discretion of the teacher, taking into account the completion of an additional 5 project hours, timeliness, and the quality of class participation and assignments.