Lasallian Volunteers of the De La Salle Christian Brothers
Affiliation:The De La Salle Christian Brothers
Goal of Program:The Lasallian Volunteers program of the De La Salle Christian Brothers provides dedicated, well-trained Volunteers for one or more years of service to schools and agencies of the Brothers whose Mission is to serve the poor. Acting out of faith, rooted in the Gospel, and sharing community with the Brothers and other Lasallians, the Volunteers empower the poor by personalized service primarily through education. Lasallian Volunteers change the world for the better and discover themselves transformed in the process. More than a third of the volunteers return for additional years of service. To date, more than 700 volunteers have participated in this intense program of faith, community and service. Many of them continue to serve in Lasallian Ministries today.
Type of Placement:Teacher/tutor in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, adult education programs, outdoor education programs and after school programs. Case Managers/Social Workers; Campus Ministry/Retreat Work/Service Outreach coordinating; Coaching Sports Teams; Adventure-based Recreation Leader.
Service Area:Tucson, AZ; Concord, San Francisco, CA; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO; Browning, MT; Albany, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, NY; Tulsa, OK; Philadelphia, PA; Narragansett, Providence, Pawtucket, RI; Memphis, TN; El Paso, TX; Racine, WI; Washington, DC
Service Length:One year, renewable, starting late July/early August.
Requirements:Single men and women, married couples without dependents, ages 21 years and older. College graduate. Interested in living with an organized, faith-based community (applicants need not be Catholic or Christian). Drivers license and birth certificate. A criminal history review and child abuse history clearance. Personal interview.
Financial Arrangement:Room and board, small stipend, medical insurance, transportation to and from mission site.
Living Arrangements:Volunteers live in Community to gain full access to the world of the poor and to the school/social service agency. Sharing Community with the Brothers and Lasallian Partners provides an intergenerational support structure. Together, the Community shares meals, reflection, friendly support, laughter, friendship with LVs, and activities such as Community socials and outings. Community provides the forum for mentoring by talented professionals on how to adapt one's talents and enthusiasm for effective results with students or clients. Both the local community and the Community of Volunteers, Brothers and Lasallian Partners past and present provide support for the arduous work.
Program Size:50 to 55 volunteers
Training:Volunteers attend a ten-day orientation concentrating on their future service and community experience. On-site orientation. There are also opportunities to attend regional retreats/convocations. Volunteers gather for a midyear and debriefing retreat over the course of the service year.
Application Deadline:Priority Deadline: February 15th. 2nd Round Deadline: March 14th. 3rd Round Deadline: April 16th. Final Deadline: June 1st.
Current Urgent Opportunities
Serve breakfast in the morning, pull students from class and help them with school work/study habits. Provide coverage for teachers as needed. Serve lunch and supervise student kitchen duty. Afternoons are spent teaching PE or Religion. Assist with dismissal safety procedures and supervise study hall until the last student goes home. Chaperone the occasional evening activity (movie night, game night, etc.)
LVs would ideally teach Physical Education. PE classes are taught one time per week for each of the six grades. A curriculum guide is available to assist the volunteer in planning and preparation. The LVs will assist the administration staff in areas including but not limited to occasional classroom substitution, office work development work, and rep support for the science lab. Lead various enrichment activities, including after school activities.
Assist students with their work through tutoring, help students prepare for tests, provide remediation when needed, and help with homework, assist with the planning and execution of all campus ministry events (prayer services, liturgies, service projects, twinning program, Catholic schools week, etc.)
Working directly with students and faculty. Will serve in the role of teaching fellows and support in a variety of content areas (co-teach in Math, Science, Humanities, Theology and Physical Education). In addition the LV will play a pivotal role in supporting the Campus Ministry department, prepare prayer services and supervise student activities.
Assist in organizing the schedule for each border immersion experience. Serve as a co-liaison with the EOL Coordinator for interested and or participating schools. Assist with teaching of the student training program in conjunction with the Coordinator. Travels on some immersion trips as leader on others as assistant