Where does the program take place? The program will take place at the St. Vincent DePaul Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The St. Vincent DePaul Center is located in the Germantown section of Philadelphia at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish.
What is the program in which the students are involved? The students will live together in accommodations provided by the Vincentian Priests and the Daughters of Charity Sisters who run the St. Vincent DePaul Center. The Vincentians and Daughters organize a program of work in and around the Germantown neighborhoods for the students, who will be doing various tasks and work with a variety of non-profit organizations, as well as helping to prepare their own meals and tend to their living quarters. Some of the possible work sites are:
Who is eligible to participate in this program? Students who are currently in their junior year are eligible. The program fulfills 30 service hours of the 60 hour graduation requirement. If space remains, sophomores may apply.
When does the program take place? Two trips are offered, one for girls and one for boys. Traditionally, the trips have taken place in early to mid-June and early July. Dates will be listed as soon as they are finalized for the summer of 2011. Trips are led by Campus Ministry leaders.
How is the program financed? St. Elizabeth High School finances a portion of the program, and students are asked to pay $160 to help cover the registration fee and other trip expenses.