Sacré Coeur Service Outreach
Once a young woman enters Sacred Heart’s doors, she is encouraged to become an agent of constructive change. From their commencement at 91st Street, students are motivated and supported to embody Goal III, Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action, compelling them to look beyond themselves and to see their ability to impact and influence the larger world.
Beginning in the Lower School, students are provided with age-appropriate but meaningful opportunities to prepare holiday food baskets, bring cheer and entertainment to nursing home bound residents, and to participate in fundraising for the annual Penny Harvest, which supports the cause of leukemia and lymphoma.
As they transition into Middle School, students are ready to identify community concerns that they feel are important. By creating service teams and activities, the students collaborate, educate and inspire each other to develop a deeper understanding of some of the challenges faced by others and they are moved to make an actionable difference for these causes. Sacred Heart’s opportunities to organize clothing and food drives to support those most in need, participate in the Annual Mathathon for St. Jude's Hospital and to fundraise for Sacred Heart, Uganda, are just a few ways in which a Sacred Heart girl can make an impact.
At Sacred Heart’s Upper School, community service is a requirement, but also a tool to empower a Sacred Heart girl to use her mind and heart to create positive, faith-based change at the local, national and global level. Through an array of opportunities, including a distinctive chapter of Habitat for Humanity, formed by Sacred Heart students in 2001, girls in the Upper School participate in trips to Bridgeport, CT; New Orleans, LA; and several New York City neighborhoods, including Harlem, Coney Island, and Bedford-Stuyvesant. The 9th grade introduces a unique two-year Social Justice sequence, preparing students to explore their personal values allowing them to increase their sense of social responsibility through YPI (Youth and Philanthropy Initiative). Continuing on in 10th grade, the students begin to engage at a more sophisticated and committed level to service initiatives, immersions, discussions, outreach and relationship building by being asked to step out of their comfort zone with service interactions, which deepens their self-identity and ability to affect the welfare of others. In grades 11 & 12 and as young college alumnae, many of our students teach and hold administrative positions in our H.E.A.R.T summer outreach program working with children from under-resourced communities.
In Sacred Heart’s mission of educating the whole student through mind, body and spirit, service outreach is an integral part of our educational leadership. Through the efforts of staff, students and families, relationships with over 100 partner organizations continue to thrive, enabling the school to offer a comprehensive and rich experience for our Sacred Heart community.