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 four days of immersion experiences designed to understand causes and solutions to issues which plague our society.
Students are now prepared to enter the community and directly serve the needs of those most at-risk. Students partner with local agencies, enact their own action plans, and test goals in an effort to address the needs of those they serve.
Students learn about the complex nature of systems, social analysis and the difficulties of systemic change. They observe systems at work and meet with legislators to discuss the need for long-term permanent change in our society. They meet with legislators in Frankfort to discuss the need for long-term change in our society.
Students are equipped with all the tools needed to create a long-lasting impact in our community. Their previous three years of service help them to develop and implement an action plan focused on areas including poverty, immigration, healthcare, education and more. Through a collaborative approach, students practice real-world leadership skills in strategic planning, needs assessment, marketing and financial planning to create a year-long service project.