Service Learning and Leadership Program
Our unique experience-based program builds powerful leadership skills by serving those most vulnerable in our society through an exclusive two-pronged approach: direct action working one-on-one with members of our community to address immediate needs and social action to accomplish long-term systematic change. Students are transformed into active citizens equipped to take on real-world challenges from which many commonly shy away. Mercy Academy’s four year program has been awarded the Certificate of Excellent Practice in K-12 Service-Learning and was the featured program for the state of Kentucky in the national publication Growing to Greatness.
Students are introduced to our program through various activities which take place both inside and outside the classroom. These activities establish a foundation to prepare students for a two-day immersion experience designed to understand causes and solutions to issues which plague our society.
Students work hands-on with recipients to build empathy for those who are most at-risk in our society. Students partner with local agencies, enact their own action plans, and test goals in an effort to address the needs of those in our community.
Students learn about the complex nature of systems, social analysis, and the difficulties of systemic change. Students observe systems at work and meet with legislators to discuss the need for long-term permanent change in our society. Following this exploration, the junior class creates an exhibit to raise awareness in our school and community.
Students reflect upon their experience from the previous three years to develop and implement an action plan focused on areas ranging from poverty, immigration, healthcare, education, and more. Through a unique collaborative approach, students practice real-world leadership skills in the areas of strategic planning, needs assessment, marketing, and financial planning.