Notre Dame High School Ministry Service Expectations
Students may complete as many hours as they like in the local, national or international community or at school during their grade 10, 11 and 12 years at Notre Dame High School. A school based decision to complete a minimum of 25 hours was decided upon as a requirement for students to participate in walking the stage during the graduation exercises. Students must complete the minimum required hours and provide documentation that supports the required hours by the end of February of their graduation year. Questions regarding ministry should be directed to Mrs. Helen Sgarbossa, our support staff coordinator for the program, or our school principal.
According to research, positive short term outcomes for youth include: students showing a commitment to their communities, helping others in difficulty, promoting racial and multicultural understanding and influencing social values. Ministry and volunteerism also influenced the development of life skills among youth including: leadership ability, social self-confidence, critical thinking skills and conflict resolution. Additional short term outcomes for post secondary and undergraduate students positively affected academic development including: knowledge gained, grades earned, degrees sought, and the willingness and motivation dedicated to academic goals.
The long-term positive outcomes, after a post-secondary journey included a greater likelihood for youth to: attend graduate school, earn higher degrees, broaden their social circle, and participate more actively in small and large scale community service events/projects. Post-secondary results found that students continued service trends for community action programs, participating in environment and other social justice programs, establishing and promoting racial understanding and multiculturalism and developing a meaningful philosophy of life.