What is Service-Learning at Gwynedd Mercy?
Service-Learning is a method of teaching, learning, and reflecting that combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful service throughout the community. Sr. Patricia Donlin incorporates the learning objectives within the Junior Theology curriculum. Service-Learning is also recognized as a high-impact educational practice that can enhance both teaching and learning experiences. This program enables the GMAHS students to live out our Mercy values.
Who participates in Service-Learning?
Junior students are required to complete at least 15 hours of direct service at an agency or site that aligns with one of the five Critical Concerns of Mercy: Earth, Immigration, Non-Violence, Racism, or Women.
These hours must be completed by March 31, 2024.
Students are required to track their hours.
Students are required to participate in at least three reflection groups.
After each service opportunity, students are to complete a reflection through their service-learning journal.
- Students are also required to do at least 5 hours of advocacy work on a particular issue, related to the agency or site where they completed their service hours.
These 20 service hours are a GMAHS Graduation Requirement.