Service Learning Policy

The STA Service Learning Policy is in keeping with Archdiocese of Miami guidelines and the STA mission and goals. This policy intends to create a heart of compassion and caring in each and every STA student. All service hour submissions are subject to STA Integrity Policy standards. The Theology teacher is the primary contact with issues surrounding this Service Learning Policy. However, the student is responsible for fulfilling all the requirements of this policy and the submission of all documents.

SERVICE HOUR REQUIREMENTS & CONSEQUENCES:

  • 25 hours PER YEAR while enrolled at STA;
    • 9th grade 25 hours
    • 10th grade 50 hours
    • 11th grade 75 hours
    • 12th grade 100 hours
    • 100 total hours to be eligible for Graduation & Florida Bright Futures Scholarship.
    • Failure to meet the required minimum hours will result in the student account being placed on hold (schedule hold, Blackboard access denied, diploma and transcript hold, and/or administrative review).
    • Service hour requirements vary for honor societies, awards, and scholarships. The student is responsible for meeting these requirements.
    • Seniors are eligible for a Service Medal, worn at graduation, for the accumulation of 500+ hours.

    SERVICE HOURS:

    • recorded can be viewed and all non-STA hours are to be posted via https://servicetrack.aquinas-sta.org
    • must benefit STA or a recognized/approved 501 C 3 non-profit organization.
    • non STA hours, if not listed as approved 501 C 3 non-profit organization must be approved, PRIOR TO THE SERVICE ACTIVITY, via email to: sta.servicehours@aquinas-sta.org.

    THEOLOGY COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESSES:

    • A service learning reflection paper will be part of the 3rd quarter Theology grade.
    • If the minimum service hour requirement is not met by the posted deadline, the 4th quarter grade will be an Incomplete, until the requirement is met.
    The completed Non-STA Service Hour Form must be submitted to the Theology teacher only.


    ACCEPTABLE SERVICE HOURS

    • Recognized/approved 501 C 3 non-profit organizations
    • STA event, project, club activity with STA faculty/staff supervision
    • Church or School activity or project
    • Service with any of the STA approved agencies listed on the STA website
    • Hospitals or Nursing homes

    UNACCEPTABLE SERVICE HOURS

    • Donations of canned goods, baked goods, toys, books, magazine etc.
    • Fostering of animals, regardless whether for an agency or independent service
    • Individual teacher/staff/coach assistance
    • Park/recreation coaching or staffing, unless STA approved
    • Work in an office or place of business (i.e. doctor/dentist, attorney, realtor)
    • Paid positions/internships, babysitting, day-care assistance, animal care, dance studio, karate classes, professional athletic events, etc.
    Approved Agencies — 501(c)3 Organizations: (T-Z)
    • Take Stock in Children, Inc.
    • Team Footworks Educational & Fitness Corp
    • The Friendship Initiative, Inc.
    • The Friendship Circle of Greater Ft. Lauderdale
    • The International Game Fish Association, Inc.
    • The JEM Foundation
    • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Inc.
    • The Pantry Of Broward
    • The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Broward County, Inc. USTA FL
    • The Urban Construction Crafts Academy
    • Thinking Cap Theatre
    • Thomas W McCormick Scholarship Fund
    • Toly Care, Inc.
    • Tomorrow's Dreams Today, Inc.
    • Tomorrow's Rainbow, Inc.
    • Town of Southwest Ranches
    • Traveling Tutus, Inc.
    • University of Miami – all departments
    • University of Miami Mini Canes Recreational Sports Camp
    • Urban Construction Academy
    • USA Track & Field, Inc.
    • US Naval Cadet Corps (USNSCC Region 6-5, Inc.)
    • USTA Florida
    • Voices for Children of Broward County
    • Wellington Wrestling Club, Inc.
    • Weston Area Little League, Inc.
    • Weston FC (Cup & Showcase)
    • Weston Hawks Baseball
    • Weston Miracle League, Inc.
    • Weston Warriors Lacrosse Club
    • West Pines Girls' Softball, Inc .
    • West Valley Red Hawks
    • Wildlife Care Center SPCA of Broward County
    • Winterfest, Inc.
    • World Aids Museum
    • World Central Kitchen, Inc.
    • YMCA Broward
    • Young At Heart of Broward, Inc.
    • Youth Softball Association of Coral Springs
    • 4 Kids of South Florida, Inc.

    Approved Agencies — 501(c)3 Organizations: (P-S)
    • P&J Animal Aide, Inc.
    • PACE Broward, Inc.
    • Palm Beach Makos, Inc. - American Junior Golf Association
    • PalmTrail, Inc. (Sandhill Camp–Delray Beach, FL)
    • Parkland Little League ▪ Parkland Recreational Lacrosse League
    • partnership For Community Health Inc.
    • Patriot Service Dogs, Inc.
    • Paws 2 Care Coalition, Inc.
    • Pawsitively Curing Cancer, Inc.
    • Perpetual Motion Dance Company — performances ONLY (Meg Segreto)
    • Pets' Broward, Inc.
    • Pets in Distress of South Florida
    • Pickleball Association
    • Plantation Athletic League, Inc.
    • Plantation Community Tennis Corporation
    • Plantation Equestrian Foundation, Inc.
    • Plantation Swim Team
    • Plantation Tennis Tournament Corporation
    • Police Athletic League of Hallandale Beach, Inc.
    • Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc.
    • Premier Athletic Academy
    • Project Alive
    • Project Perfect World Foundation, Inc.
    • PST Booster Club of Plantation, FL
    • Rayfiled School of Excellence, Inc.
    • Rebuilding Together Broward County
    • Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale
    • Road Runners Club of America, Inc.
    • Robins Nest Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
    • Ronald McDonald House Charities
    • Rotary Miracle League Fund, Inc.
    • Rustic Pathways Foundation
    • Scleroderma Foundation
    • Seafarers House, Inc.
    • Serving Hearts Abroad, Inc
    • Share-A-Pet Pet Therapy
    • SIDES (Sydney's Incredible Defeat of Ewing's Sarcoma)
    • Soaring Partners for Turner
    • South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
    • South Florida Jubilee Chorus, Inc.
    • South Florida Rehab and Emergency
    • South Florida Sports Foundation, Inc. (Community Service AcademyDolphins)
    • South Florida Water Polo Foundation, Inc.
    • Starfall Ranch Horse Rescue
    • Strive Network
    • Student Conservation Association, Inc.
    • Sunrise Swimming Booster Club, Inc.
    • Suns Volleyball, Inc.
    • Sweet Adeline's

    Approved Agencies — 501(c)3 Organizations: (I-O)
    • Ibis Charities, Inc.
    • International Association of Trauma & Addiction Counselors, Inc.
    • International Ballet Company
    • International Game Fish Association, Inc.
    • Jack and Jill Daycare Center
    • Jacob's Shoes aka The Jacob Zweig Foundation, Inc.
    • Jamie's Rescue
    • Janey Ray's Learning Room
    • Jefferys Eagles, Inc.
    • Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options, Inc.
    • Joshua's Heart Foundation, Inc.
    • Kakes 4 Kids, Inc.
    • KCW Kidney Kids, Inc.
    • Keystone Science School
    • Kibblez of Love, Inc.
    • Kids in Distress, Inc.
    • Kiwanis Horses & Handicapped, Inc.
    • Janey Ray's Learning Room, Inc.
    • Jason Taylor Foundation, Inc.
    • Jonathan Spikes Foundation, Inc.
    • Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Foundation, Inc.
    • Legal Aid Service of Broward County; contact Director of Advocacy, Debra Koprowski 954-736-2437.
    • LifeNet 4 Families
    • Life Space Communities
    • Life Sports Fitness, Inc.
    • Limers International Football Club, Inc.
    • Little Paws of Love, Inc. (No animal fostering)
    • Locks of Love
    • Love Thy Neighbor Fund, Inc.
    • Luz Del Mundo Light of the World, Inc.
    • Mahashakti Foundation, Inc.
    • McCormick Foundation
    • Metropolitan Ballet of Florida, Inc.
    • Miami Children's Museum
    • Miami Elite Track Club
    • Miami Gardens Xpress Club, Inc.
    • Moody Manor, Inc.
    • Morristown Neighborhood House
    • Mustard Seed Communities Inc.
    • My Charity 4 Kids, Inc.
    • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
    • National Council of Young Men's Christian Association of the United States
    • Neighbors Fundraising for Neighbors, Inc.
    • Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce
    • Novs Southeastern University, Inc.
    • Old Davie School Historical Museum
    • Optimist Club of Cooper City
    • Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc

    Approved Agencies — 501(c)3 Organizations: (F-H)
    • Familial Dysautonomia Now
    • Family Resource Center of South Florida, Inc.
    • Fazenda da Esperanca, Inc.
    • Feeding South Florida, Inc.
    • Firewall Ministries, Inc.
    • First Tee of Broward County
    • Flamingo Gardens
    • Florence Fuller Child Development Center (must be 16 years of age)
    • Florida Classical Ballet Inc. (Ft. Lauderdale)
    • Florida Gold Coast Association of USA Boxing, Inc.
    • Florida Watercolor Society, Inc.
    • Florida Sports Foundation, Inc.
    • Florida Thoroughbred Retirement & Adoptive Care Program, Inc.
    • Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation, Inc.
    • Florida Youth Orchestra
    • Florida Youth Soccer Association
    • Florida Youth Track & Field Association
    • Florida's Singing Sons Boychoir
    • Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc.
    • Food For Life Ministry, Inc.
    • Food Of Life Outreach Ministries, Inc. (Homestead, FL)
    • For Jamaica, Inc.
    • Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater, Inc.
    • Fort Lauderdale Little League, Inc.
    • Fort Lauderdale Track Club (AAU of the US, Inc.)
    • Forza Stefano Charitable Foundation, Inc.
    • Foundation of the World, Inc.
    • FRIENDS (Florida Research Institute For Equine Nurturing, Development & Safety)
    • Friends of Birch State Park, Inc. (Camp Live Oak)
    • Friends of Madagascar, Inc.
    • Gallery 2014: San Juan-Brown Hollywood Arts Foundation
    • Garage 22, Inc.
    • Gift of Life Morrow Registry, Inc.
    • Girl Scouts of America
    • God's Little Lambs Child Care Center
    • Gary Cogswell's "Remember the Children" Foundation, Inc
    • Grateful Paws Dog & Cat Rescue, Inc.
    • A Greener Miami, Inc.
    • Habitat for Humanity of Broward
    • Hands On Broward
    • HANDY (Helping Abused, Neglected, Disadvantaged Youth, Inc.)
    • HAPPI Farm (Horse and Petting Pal Interaction)
    • Harvest Drive, Inc.
    • Healthy Aquatics Marine Institute of Florida
    • Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies
    • Heart Gallery of Broward County, Inc.
    • Higher Dimension Praise and Deliverance Ministry, Inc.
    • Hispanic Student Foundation, inc
    • Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc.
    • Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Inc.
    • Hollywood Rowing Club (Port Everglades Rowing Club)
    • Hollywood Wildcat Soccer Club, Inc.
    • Hope South Florida, Inc.
    • Humane Society of Broward County

    Approved Agencies — 501(c)3 Organizations: (C-E)
    • Camp I Am Special
    • Camp Ocean Harbour Discoveries
    • Camp Oliver, San Diego, CA
    • Canine Companions for Independence
    • Carver Ranches Day Care & Kindergarten, Inc.
    • Catholic Charities Bureau, Inc.
    • Cavalia Foundation, Inc.
    • Chabad of South Broward, Inc.
    • Charity Guild of Ft. Lauderdale, Inc.
    • Chie Moo Arts, Inc.
    • Children's Diagnostic & Treatment Center
    • Children's Fund for Glycogen Storage Disease Research
    • Children's Golf Foundation
    • Children's Opportunity Group, Inc.
    • Children's Spirit of Hope Foundation (Pediatric Therapy Associates)
    • Christina G Smith Community Mental Health Foundation, Inc.
    • Chrons & Colitis Foundation, Inc.
    • Circle of Sisterhood Foundation (University of Miami)
    • City of Miramar Cultural Center
    • Coach's Closet
    • Coconut Creek Girls' Softball, Inc.
    • Community Service Academy (Dolphins.com/CSA) Kakes for Kids
    • Cooper City Optimist Club
    • Coral Springs Institute for the Performing Arts
    • Coral Springs Swim Club, Inc.
    • Coral Springs United Futbol Club
    • Coral Springs Youth Softball Association
    • Cuda Runners Club of Miami, Inc.
    • D3 Foundation, Inc.
    • Dade Amateur Golf Assoc. — "First Tee"
    • Daniella's Journey Fund @ Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
    • Davie Softball Association
    • Davie Tackle Football Club
    • Davie United Soccer Club
    • Davie Youth Lacrosse Foundation, Inc.
    • Debbies Dream Foundation, Inc.
    • Deliver the Dream, Inc.
    • Direct Effect Charities
    • Dooling Outreach Multipurpose Educational Strategies, Inc.
    • Do Something, Inc.
    • East Broward Lacrosse, Inc.
    • Edgard J Pierre Foundation For Children, Inc.
    • Empower U Inc.
    • Epworth Village, Inc.
    • Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida, Inc.
    • Exceptional Theater Company, Inc.

    Approved Agencies — 501(c)3 Organizations: (A-B)
    • Abandoned Pet Rescue, Inc.
    • A Child Is Missing, Inc.
    • Acts Retirement Life Communities, Inc.
    • ADEDALP
    • Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center, Inc.
    • After School Programs - South Inc.
    • America Developing Smiles
    • American Junior Golf Association
    • American Lung Association, Inc.
    • American Red Cross
    • Angel Backpack, Inc.
    • Animal Aid, Inc.
    • Ann Storck Center
    • ARC Broward (Achievement and Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.)
    • A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue, Inc., Royal Palm Beach, FL
    • Bags N Stuff, Inc.
    • Bella's Tea Party
    • Begin to Serve Foundation
    • Best Friends Animal Society
    • Big Children's Foundation, Inc.
    • Birthline/Lifeline Pregnancy Center (Diocese of Palm Beach)
    • Bit by Bit Medical Therapeutic Riding Center
    • Bobby Resciniti Healing Hearts Foundation, Inc.
    • Boca Hoops
    • Boca Raton Children's Museum
    • Boca West Community Charitable Foundation, Inc.
    • Bonnet House, Inc.
    • Bougainvilla House
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward Country, Inc.
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami, Inc.
    • Boy Scots of America
    • Brandon Merritt Charitable Foundation, Inc.
    • Breakthrough Miami
    • Brilliant Bears, Inc.
    • Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    • Broward County
    • Broward County Board o fCounty Commissioners
    • Broward County Community Outreach
    • Broward Elite All Star, Inc.
    • Broward Health Medical Center Toly Care, Inc.
    • Broward Meals on Wheels
    • Brownsville Medical Center, Inc.
    • Building Together Broward County