Service learning is an applied, educational method that meets a real need in the community and in the classroom, enriching everyone involved. It integrates student volunteer service to the community with reflection and classroom connections in order to deepen understanding. At O’Dowd, we focus the educational component toward learning about social justice and our response to injustice.
Every student completes a minimum of 100 hours of service throughout a four-year program. Each project will help students learn from the people they serve by fostering relationships with those folks. The agencies and programs we partner with will focus on people who have been pushed to the sides of society – those who have been marginalized, disenfranchised, misjudged, forgotten, or ignored. From these people, students will gain a personal understanding of social justice and our Christian call to reach out to those on the edges.