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Christian Service Program


Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18

 

Our Catholic faith calls us to love through action, to seek truth, to be servant leaders.
The Christian Service Program at Badin High School invites our students to do just that.

The Christian Service Program for Students

Badin High School is proud to launch our new Christian Service Program beginning with the Class of 2021! The Christian Service Program at Badin High School is an intentional four-year program that will invite students to actively live out the teachings of Christ, to engage in conversations of the Gospel’s call for justice, to become other-centered in a culture that focuses primarily on self. Students will be encouraged to grow in their awareness of social justice issues and to participate in meaningful service experiences, bettering both themselves and our community in the process. Our hope is that students will deepen their faith through experiences of service, and will gain an understanding of the call to practice generosity, to pursue justice, and to serve in solidarity.

Each academic year has a theme and an action plan, and participation will fulfill the service graduation requirement. Service hours are encouraged, though are not required (with the exception of the Junior Year Action Plan), and will be recorded through an online service platform (www.InnerView.org) that will allow students to create a service profile and to be acknowledged for their service to their school, to their parish, and to the nonprofit world. Participation in existing programs, such as Shantytown, the Magnified Giving Club, Meet.Serve.Grow., and Summer in Solidarity is also encouraged.

The format of Badin’s new Service Program is as follows:

The Freshman Year Theme is AWARENESS, and the Action Plan is participation in interactive educational experiences at Badin during Awareness Week during the first semester, and Awareness Days during semester. These experiences will invite students to think and talk about the social justice issues faced in our community and in our world. The Sophomore Year Theme will be CALL TO ACTION, and the Action Plan will introduce students to the local non profits that are serving the social justice issues faced, inviting them to hear the call to action that awareness invokes, and to discover how to use their own gifts through action. The Junior Year Theme will be RELATIONSHIP, and the Action Plan will invite students to commit to serve at a non profit agency for twenty hours, building the kind of relationship that responds to the Gospel’s call for justice, that builds community, that creates change. Finally, the Senior Year Theme will be SERVANT LEADERSHIP, and the Action Plan will ask students to lead through service with a final capstone project for their selected agency.

Each year of our Service Program will build upon the last, giving our students another opportunity to “THINK. ACHIEVE. SERVE. LEAD.” As our students engage in service and earn their service graduation requirement through participation in the program, we hope they will grow in their faith, learn about the issues of the world around them, and contribute to the betterment of our community.

The requirements for current students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors, in 2017/2018, WILL NOT CHANGE! Upperclass students will still be required to complete 15 hours of service to a school, church, or nonprofit agency. The only change for current students will be in how service hours are recorded. Each student has an account on our online platform (www.InnerView.org) where all students create a service profile and record and verify their own service hours to their school, to their parish, and to the nonprofit world. Students can access their accounts and add service hours at www.InnerView.org.

“Meet. Serve. Grow.” is a program that allows students to go to local non-profits, meet the directors and hear about the issues faced, serve at the agency, and reflect on how that service calls them to grow. These experiences are offered throughout the year at various local nonprofit agencies such as The Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton, Open Door Food Pantry, Hamilton Living Waters Ministry, The Caring Closet, and Shared Harvest.

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Magnified Giving is a philanthropy program open to all students. Members of this club research social justice issues and the agencies that serve them, serve at those agencies, and reward a grant to the local non-profit they deem most worthy. The Magnified Giving Club gives a powerful experience of generosity and philanthropy to our students and benefits our community in a concrete way. Go to www.magnifiedgiving.org for more information.

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Shantytown is an educational program where students participate in activities that create an understanding of modern day homelessness as it exists in our town. Students are encouraged to sleep outside overnight at Badin--a form of action that is designed not to simulate homelessness, but to bring awareness to the issue of homelessness by getting students to ask questions about poverty as it exists in our community. Shantytown 2017 was on Thursday, November 9th to Friday, November 10th.

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Badin Action Days happen when the students of Badin High School connect with a local non-profit, and commit to creating a service project that will meet a pressing need of that agency. In January of 2017, Badin connected with Experience, a local non-profit that works with the Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton to provide life experiences to their participants that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy. Badin students invited the Experience kids to Badin for the day, led community building activities, organized a scavenger hunt of the school, painted faces, and shared a meal and fellowship with the kids. It was an incredible experience of mentoring, service, and solidarity.

Our next Badin Action Day with Experience is scheduled for Sunday, January 14th, 2018. Future collaborations and dates to be announced!

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The Service Leadership Board works to create opportunities of service for our students that are relevant, inspiring, and beneficial to the disadvantaged. The Board is comprised of students in their junior or senior year who have a passion for social justice and service, and who want to work to spread awareness throughout the Badin community of the value of service and the importance of generosity and justice.

"Summer in Solidarity" is our service trip program that offers students the opportunity to serve in a new way, immersing themselves in a new place and time, without the everyday distractions of the school year. We host one domestic trip and one international trip each summer, inviting students to be with and to pay deeper attention to people in the world living a life much different than their own. Trips are based on four cornerstones: community, spirituality, simplicity, and service, and are incredible experiences of learning to live in solidarity.

In the summer of 2017, we launched Summer in Solidarity as a part of the development of our Service Program. In June, a group of students traveled to the Solsberry Hill Retreat Center in rural Indiana, where the mission is to work for social justice, to build the Kingdom of God by serving the least of His people, to recognize every person’s individual gifts and to bring those gifts together in order to create something much greater than we could possibly do on our own. We served at different non-profits each day, and filled evenings with play, prayer, reflection, and community building. In July, we traveled to Guatemala with Cooperative for Education (www.coeduc.org) whose mission is to help Guatemalan children break the cycle of poverty through education. We travelled to several schools served by CoEd, met and served with the students and families, and learned much about the indigenous culture of the Mayan people.

Dates for the Summer in Solidarity Trips of 2018 are as follows:

  • June 11 to 15, 2018, to Solsberry Hill in Indiana
  • June 24 to July 2, 2018, to the Dominican Republic with Project Manana
  • July 15 to 21, 2018, to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia
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Summer Service Week
The week before school resumes in August, local service experiences are offered to our students. Before the everyday distractions of the school year begin, students are invited to serve at local nonprofits that are addressing the needs of our community. In 2017, students addressed issues of Hunger & Poverty, the Rights of Children, and Animal Welfare by serving at The Salvation Army, The Community Meal Center, Hamilton Living Waters MInistry, and the Animal Adoption Foundation. Experiences for Summer Service Week 2018 will be announced in the spring!

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More Service Opportunities
Local service opportunities are listed on our online platform (www.InnerView.org). Students are also encouraged to seek out their own service experiences, based on their own interests and passions. The following are examples of ways to serve at local agencies that are making a difference in our community:

  • The 2nd Friday of every month is Badin’s night to serve at the Community Meal Center at the Presbyterian Church in Hamilton from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Join us to serve food to the hungry and build community!
  • Be a mentor at The Boys and Girls Club of Hamilton, Hamilton Living Waters Ministry, or the Booker T. Washington Community Center, and serve through helping with homework, playing games, and doing crafts with the kids in their after-school programs.
  • Volunteer to sort clothing and toiletries for the underprivileged children in the Hamilton City School district at The Caring Closet.
  • Explore ways to serve through Community First Solutions, where you might spend valuable time connecting with residents at Berkeley Square or Westover, or participating in programs at Partners in Prime.
  • Be a trail ambassador or volunteer at events for the MetroParks of Butler County.
  • Spend your time caring for animals at the Animal Friends Humane Society, PAWS Adoption Center, or at the Animal Adoption Foundation.
  • Volunteer with the Give Back Crew to serve and build relationships with those with disabilities through the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
  • Serve the seniors of our community by helping them remain self-sufficient and building relationships through RASKALS, Random Acts of Simple Kindness Affecting Local Seniors.
  • Be a “buddy” for a baseball player with disabilities through the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League.
  • Support challenged families in our community by volunteering with Pause and the Butler County Educational Service Center.
  • Look into other service opportunities that might be right for you by contacting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County, the Open Door Food Pantry, the Shared Harvest Food Bank, your local city school district, your parish, Fort Hamilton Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s, the Great Miami Valley YMCA, the YWCA Hamilton, Serve City, People Working Cooperatively, Hope’s Closet, ReThreads, the St. Vincent De Paul Society, or Matthew 25: Ministries.

As our students engage in service, we hope they will grow in their faith, learn about the issues of the world around them, and contribute to the betterment of our community. Questions regarding the Service Program at Badin can be directed to Mrs. Megan Halverson, Christian Service Coordinator, at mhalverson@BadinHS.org.

“Serving is the way that mission is carried out, the only way to be a disciple of Jesus.”
-Pope Francis