St. Sebastian's lacrosse players served as mentors to youth in the Harlem Lacrosse program, meeting virtually each week through Zoom to talk about academics and everything else going on in their lives.
Integral to the School’s mission, the Service Program enables us to put our faith in action. By engaging directly with the people they serve, students understand the Gospel’s truth that to love God, one must love his neighbor, particularly neighbors most in need.
The Service Program is required of all students throughout the calendar year. Students’ work has included tutoring and mentoring inner city youth, coordinating clothing and food drives, serving at food pantries, helping run programs for senior citizens, and assisting both children and adults with physical and mental disabilities.
Beginning in mid-April, each senior is required to commit a significant number of hours to service in the community. The work done at the placement site must involve consistent one-on-one contact. Through weekly discussion groups, seniors are required to reflect upon the meaning of their experience, and to articulate those reflections in an oral presentation. At the conclusion of their service period, the entire senior class gathers in the Chapel to share their stories with one another and with the faculty. This morning of oral presentation often ranks among each senior’s finest hours.
The service program has been enhanced by a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation.
Arrows Aidan McCarthy '22, Paul White '22, and Jack Sullivan '22 returned to the Memory Project to help lead newcomers Declan Carroll '25, Derron St. Marie '24 and Joe Hamilton '21 to create portraits for Rohingya refugee orphans that are currently living in a refugee camp in Malaysia.
On Saturday, February 15th, St. Sebastian's students helped serve about one hundred warm meals to the homeless at the Paulist Center in Boston. The Arrows also brought some Valentine's Day cheer to the guests of the Community Breakfast.
On Sunday, January 26, St. Sebastian's fathers and sons traveled to Boston for the 9th annual Chop-A-Thon at the Pine Street Inn, the largest resource for the homeless in New England.
To start the Christmas break, members of St. Sebastian's junior class helped serve breakfast to the homeless of Boston at the Paulist Center on December 21.
The St. Sebastian's community responded with great generosity to the National Honor Society’s annual Christmas Warmth Drive on December 20, 2019.
Ms. Bent presented about the AP Photography service program at the Independent School Art Instructors Association conference at the Brooklyn Museum in New York this past weekend.
Arrows serve those in need with St. Sebastian's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.