Called by our Lasallian mission of faith, service, community and social justice, Islanders participate in service and immersion experiences both at home and abroad. The location and objectives vary and have included building new homes in New Orleans; living, studying and serving side-by-side with fellow Lasallians in the desert region of Kenya; rebuilding national parks in Colorado destroyed by wildfire; interacting with children in a preschool in India; and learning the history of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana. Whatever the location, the core mission remains the same – to build and nurture sustainable relationships with people around the globe while exchanging cultural experiences and sharing resources.
Students may earn Christian Service hours for their participation on a trip. The number of hours credited varies per experience and questions should be directed to the trip coordinator.
Summer 2019 Service Days
Lasallian Ministry invites current ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students to serve and learn at local Twin Cities service organizations this summer. Students who sign up must be present all three days of the service cohort. Students will break into groups and serve at various sites including Sharing & Caring Hands, Open Arms, Crisis Nursery, Second Harvest, Benedictine Health Center, House of Charity and more. Projects include preparing and serving meals to the homeless, playing with kids at Crisis Nursery, packaging food for distribution, connecting with the elderly, hosting bingo for adults with developmental disabilities, and more. 20 Christian Service Hours will be earned over the course of three days. Space is limited; students may register using the links below.
Please contact Nicole Stecklein with further questions.
Summer 2019 Immersion Trips
Lasallian Ministry offers two immersion experiences this summer for DeLaSalle students. You may contact Nicole Stecklein at 612-676-7608 with questions.
Lasallian Youth Assembly
When: Monday June 17 – Friday, June 21, 2019
Where: Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and De La Salle Institute; Chicago, Illinois
Who: Current 9th-11th grade students
What: The Christian Brothers of the Midwest District is hosting an assembly for students involved in the Lasallian Youth Movement. For a week during the summer, students are engaged in prayer, reflection, service opportunities, education sessions around themes of social justice, and Catholic social teaching. After participating in the assembly, Lasallian Youth are challenged to promote a culture of faith, service, and community in their home communities. This assembly provides a wonderful opportunity for the students of our thirteen Lasallian schools to connect with one another in serving a greater purpose. In participating in this event, students will realize that they are a part of a larger Lasallian family that acts justly, loves mercifully and walks humbly with the poor in areas outside of their local area.
Cost: $400. (This cost includes travel, conference registration, and meals).
- $100 deposit is required by Monday, March 25, 2019.
- Financial aid available, see Ms. Stecklein if the cost is prohibitive
Cheyenne River Service Immersion Trip
When:: Sunday, July 28 – Friday, August, 2, 2019
Where: Cheyenne River Reservation – Eagle Butte, SD
Who: Current 11th grade students (Class of 2020)
What: An opportunity to connect with and better understand the Lakota culture through a service immersion experience. We will spend the week building relationships with community members, learning about the history and culture of the Cheyenne River Reservation and serving the community of Eagle Butte. Projects will include a daily children’s program, home repair, painting and gardening, and opportunities to pair with local organizations already serving the Lakota people. In the evenings, we will have the opportunity to hear from tribe elders about Lakota culture, hike and explore Eagle Butte, share a community cookout with new friends, and close our days in prayer and small group discussion. More information about the trip at https://youthworks.com/trips/cheyenne-river/
Cost: $400 (includes food, lodging, travel, and all service and immersion activities)
- $100 deposit is required by Monday, March 25, 2019
- Financial aid available, see Ms. Stecklein if the cost is prohibitive
Explore past service and immersion trips at DeLaSalle below.
DeLaSalle students have taken part in several urban immersion experiences at the Brother David Darst Center in Chicago, which serves as a tool to explore issues of justice and the reality of oppression. Through partnerships with local agencies, participants get to know people served by these agencies, challenge stereotypes, confront fears, and break down barriers. Daily communal prayer, meal preparation, recreational and educational sessions are designed to reflect on the work and observations conducted at agencies.
DeLaSalle has hosted several service trip experiences to Colorado as students helped rebuild national parks destroyed by wildfires in 2012. In addition to their service work, students have participated in activities such as whitewater rafting, horseback riding as well as tours of Colorado’s top college and universities.
Forty-one students participated on the trip in 2015. Students planted new trees, removed old trees and used them to make woodchips to spread across the forest floor and prevented future land erosion by building up hillsides with boulders and timber.
DeLaSalle students and staff participated in a 10-day cultural immersion and service experience to Kolkata, India in April 2014. Organized by Ms. Peg Hodapp and Mr. CJ Hallman, and co-sponsored by local non-profit Pathways to Children, participants visited many of the places where Mother Teresa lived and worked, and volunteered at Pathways’ Serampore School, Jan Seva School, and SICW orphanage. The 16 students who participated in the India Immersion Trip earned 40 Christian Service hours.
DeLaSalle students and staff participated in two 6-week cultural immersion trips to Kenya – organized by Ms. Peg Hodapp – to live, serve and study side-by-side with students at St. Paul’s Secondary Boarding School in Marsabit and Rongai Secondary Boarding School in Rongai. In addition to a structured day of prayer, study, arts, athletics, and community service, students learned basic Kiswahili, interviewed people from the different communities for a reflection paper, and discovered the culture and history of the Kenyan people. There were also opportunities for day trips to various parts of the country including all of the Lasallian Ministries in Kenya, game parks and a concluding trip to the city of Nairobi. The 28 students who participated in the Kenya Immersion trips earned a minimum of 40 Christian Service hours.
Places We Visted in Kenya
DeLaSalle students and staff participated in four service trips to New Orleans – organized and led by Ms. Emily Beckman – to work with local Habitat for Humanity volunteers in rebuilding the city. Each group volunteered 40 hours and students on some trips also volunteered at the New Orleans Mission and Ronald McDonald House. All 96 students who participated in the New Orleans service trips earned a minimum of 40 Christian Service Hours. While in New Orleans, students toured the city, went on a swamp tour, and learned about New Orleans history and culture.