CHristian Service program
The Prep community seeks to develop "Men for Others" who are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. Our goal is to help students realize that their talents and gifts are to be developed not for themselves, but for the good of the local and global community.
All Freshmen participate in a service day with their big brothers. Freshmen and their big brothers will be assigned to ONE of two service days this year (Oct. 15 or Nov. 7). Students meet at Prep at 9am for donuts and a short prayer service and then go to their service sites until 11:30am. Afterwards the Big Brothers and freshmen have lunch together.
All Sophomores complete their service requirement by participating in the Faces of Christ Retreat. Each Friday, 10 sophomores and one faculty member are excused from class for the day to travel to the Open Door Mission and "immerse" themselves in a day of work and reflection. The Open Door Mission provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, long-term recovery programs, and outreach services to the homeless population of Omaha.
All Juniors are required to complete a service project through their semester-long Catholic social teaching course. Students who are enrolled in CST complete a 20 hour service project outside of school. Students enrolled in CST Plus are given release time during the school day to complete a 40 hour service project.
Prep does not have a service requirement for Seniors. However, seniors do have the option of taking a service-learning course called the Arrupe Experience. This is a course on Ignatian Spirituality in which students are given release time from school to complete a 35 hour service project. Seniors also are given the opportunity to go on a service/immersion trip the summer before their senior year. Service trips are offered to the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Rosebud Reservation.