Every student completes 10 hours of service in the specified area and 5 or 10 hours (depending on grade level) in a Christian service in an area of their choosing. Students are required to complete 70 community service hours to graduate.
- Freshmen complete 15 or more hours: 10 in elderly care or environmental concerns and 5 in a Christian service of their choice
- Sophomores complete 15 or more hours: 10 in child development, education or literacy and 5 in a Christian service of their choice
- Juniors complete 20 or more hours: 10 devoted to individuals with special needs or in a healthcare field and 10 in a Christian service of their choice
- Seniors complete 20 or more hours: 10 in fields related to hunger, poverty and homelessness and 10 in a Christian service of their choice
SJA students are afforded the opportunity to participate in a variety of mission trips each year. Among the service immersion trips offered are St. Anne’s Mission (Klagetoh, Arizona); Wichita, Kansas; Nicaragua; Puerto Rico; Catholic Leadership Encounter (Estes Park, Colorado); Community Builders for Peace (Kalamazoo, Michigan); CSJ/SSJ Leadership Conference (Cleveland, Ohio); SHINE (McAllen, Texas); and Alive in You (Chattanooga, Tennessee).
Serving Our Community
Here at home, SJA students partner each spring with Catholic and Episcopal high schools to build a house as part of the annual Habitat for Humanity Albemarle Youth Build. The three schools have worked with Habitat for Humanity’s Youth Build since 2001.
During the Christmas season, students, faculty and staff come together to brighten the holidays for less fortunate members of the Baton Rouge community. Dozens of families are adopted each year through the Catholic Charities’ Community Comes Together for Christmas program. Other groups that benefit from the generosity of the SJA community are Myriam’s House, Bishop Ott Shelter, St. Vincent de Paul Sweet Dreams, Boys Hope Girls Hope, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and elderly citizens in need.
Throughout the school year, SJA continues its mission to help fight hunger in Baton Rouge by providing brown bag lunches – or Sticker Sacks – to St. Vincent de Paul every Tuesday. Since the start of the 2013-2014 academic year, members of the SJA community have made between 200 and 250 sacks each Tuesday.
In the spring of 2018, the Congregation of St. Joseph hosted Serve with the Sisters, inviting the Academy community to serve the dear neighbor at a variety of venues throughout Baton Rouge. Hearts United: CSJ Service Day celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of the new congregation from seven formerly independent communities. Sisters, CSJ Associates, SJA faculty/staff, students and parents spent the day at several volunteer sites, including St. Vincent de Paul’s Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter, the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and THRIVE Academy.