Integral to the mission of Maryvale is our commitment to understand the challenging issues that face our world today and to address them in accordance with values consistent with the Catholic Social Teachings. Maryvale strives to raise awareness about complex issues such as poverty, racism, genocide, environmental justice, war, violence, and those who are marginalized in our world. Consistent with the gospel message, our students are taught and enabled in a variety of ways to be advocates for all who are vulnerable and oppressed in our society.
Maryvale's Community Christian Service Requirement calls each student to go beyond her comfort zone to cultivate an awareness of societal needs and to develop relationships with individuals in our society with whom they would not otherwise interact in daily life. They are provided with these opportunities in a variety of ways: through service retreat days, work camps, mission trips, afterschool programs, weekend activities and service learning projects. These opportunities enable our students to work towards the school requirement of 100 hours prior to graduation.
One goal of our program is to build within the school a culture of both service and justice. In other words, create an environment where the entire Maryvale community is enabled to act for justice and to walk with the oppressed. This is encouraged through the variety of service and justice programs that the school offers under the umbrella of SoJuCo, also known as the St. Julie Billiart Social Justice Coalition. This program provides a multitude of students the opportunity to lead an activity that students, faculty, staff and administration can participate in as part of our mission. The following programs are all student-led and provide valuable leadership skills, while creating a variety of opportunities to connect with the greater community.