Project HOME Summer Service Learning Experience for High School Students
Project HOME offers rising 10th to 12th grade students a summer service opportunity focused on learning about issues of poverty and homelessness, building relationships with others involved in social change, getting to know persons who have experienced poverty and homelessness, and engaging in service with Project HOME and other agencies fighting poverty, hunger and homelessness in Philadelphia. This experience is designed to deepen students’ desire to be of service, understanding of Project HOME’s mission, insight on the issues of poverty and homelessness and the systems that impact these issues, experience of diversity, and connections with other teens interested in serving their community.
Program fee of $100 is required to participate in the program. Scholarships are available. Please request scholarship assistance on the application.
Students must be available for the whole session for which they apply. As part of participating in the program, students will be asked to commit to hosting a homelessness awareness session in their school community and/or hosting a collection drive in their school community. Please complete this form to participate. Space is limited.
Session 1: July 10-20
Session 2: July 24 to August 3
Session 3: August 7-17
Session 4: August 21-25 (one week)
9:30 AM to 3 PM (subject to some variance)
The tentative schedule for the week will be as follows:
- Monday: Orientation—all day
- Tuesday: service day
- Wednesday: service day
- Thursday: service day
- Friday: ½ day service; ½ day education and reflection
Service may be done in partnership with any or all of the following agencies:
- Project HOME
- Mercy Neighborhood Ministries
- Urban Tree Connection
- St. Francis Inn
- One Step Away
- Cathedral Kitchen
- Sanctuary Farm
- Jewish Relief Agency
- Catholic Worker Clinic
Some things that students should remember for the week are:
- Dress comfortably and modestly (no short shorts or sleeveless shirts)
- Shoes—students should wear sneakers each day for public health reasons and safety
- Bring their lunch each day
- Cell phones should only be used in an emergency
For more information, please contact Margie Winters, service learning Program coordinator, at [email protected] or 215-232-7272, x3092.