Marymount students are actively involved in community service, both locally and globally, demonstrating the School’s commitment to the RSHM goal “that all may have life.” Student-led, age-appropriate initiatives are held in all divisions (N – XII) to support charitable organizations, to promote advocacy efforts, and to offer direct service. Our ongoing partnership with the RSHM mission in Zimbabwe provides enduring global outreach opportunities. The School annually supports organizations in New York City. The Campus Ministry coordinates an annual Thanksgiving food and Christmas gift drive for the Incarcerated Mothers Program. The School also sponsors fundraising and awareness raising events for organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “Service Saturdays” offer alumnae, faculty, students, and their families opportunities to volunteer at soup kitchens, neighborhood improvement programs, and daycare centers. Students also participate in school-sponsored service trips or offer weekly tutoring to students at neighboring public schools.
Through direct service and thoughtful reflection, students learn to analyze systemic social issues. As part of the Class X Social Justice curriculum, the Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) provides an intensive overnight service immersion experience among people who are hungry and homeless in New York City. The Marymount Philanthropy and Community Transformation (M-PACT) program provides students a unique opportunity to advocate for local non-profit organizations serving people who are poor, needy, and marginalized. Seniors continue this rigorous analysis in a mini-course entitled Philanthropy 101.