Service Learning

We are committed to service learning as a way to incorporate civic responsibility through service into the curriculum. From the beginning your days at SJND, you have opportunities to volunteer in the community--at a food bank, at a retirement home, or wherever your spiritual journey and civic commitment take you.

Lead through Service

In addition to community service on retreats, find ways to serve others and learn through clubs and classes. Our Visual and Performing Arts Department sponsors a service learning project called "Arts Across the Generations," which gives our arts students the opportunity to volunteer with the elderly on a video project. Members of the school's Spanish honor society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, hosts a "Rice and Bean Drive" each year to collect food for the Oakland Catholic Worker. Members of the Honors Biology classes work in the state parks to eradicate invasive plant species.

Walk for Life and Preparing a holiday meal at Project Open Hand in San Francisco

Danielle Pomeroy '13 was recognized for her video, "My Trip of Justice,"  which brings attention to how one simple act -- buying bread and food for a hungry man -- could make a difference. Her video won first place in the Broadcasting Justice Youth Video Contest, sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County.

Catholic School's Week Campaign

This Catholic Schools Week (1/20-17-2/3/17), students from the Students Interested in Medical Sciences (SIMS) club, along with Deacon Murray and the Campus Ministry Executive Board, designed a prayer service to present an awareness and fundraising campaign for Melanoma research. Incorporating knowledge from their science curriculum, the SIMS club tied in their classroom knowledge with an opportunity to make a difference. This is an example of how Service Learning contribute to students’ academic and personal development.

Summer 2017 Sierra Service Project

Service learning projects are designed to develop students' sense of social and personal responsibility, increase their understanding of the conditions that warrant service, and challenge them to recognize their potential as agents of social change. By the students immersing themselves into a full week of service, they are truly able to walk away understanding that they can make a positive impact on the world.

During the summer of 2017, SJND students have the opportunity to travel to Chiloquin, Oregon to work with the Sierra Service Project. Students will spend one week working on the homes in the community: roofing, building wheelchair ramps and porches, painting and general home repairs. Our team may also work on churches, community buildings, schools, and in community gardens.