Alumni

Alumni Discernment and Volunteer Program

Welcoming Alumni Volunteers Since 1995

The Alumni Discernment and Volunteer Program, or ADVP (formerly the "Young Alumni Volunteer Program"), was established by Fr. Robert Welsh, S.J., in 1995 to offer young alumni not only the opportunity to serve at Saint Ignatius, but a year of prayerful discernment about their vocation in life.

The ADVP is a nine-month program covering one academic year available to graduates of Saint Ignatius. A year dedicated to time in individual discernment and in community is rich ground to sow seeds of career, purpose, and identity. Alumni volunteers serve in collaboration with other men and women who share a commitment to Jesuit education and spirituality.

The life of a Volunteer today touches a rich variety of the facets of an Ignatian institution, including ministry to students, service to the needy, community life, and personal formation. Volunteers have the flexibility to explore areas of their own interest once their core requirements are established. In the past few years Alumni Volunteers have helped in Campus Ministry, assisted directing bands, led theatre stage crew, reinvigorated the Mission Collection program, and renovated the Rutilio Grande Residence. In addition, the young men tutored, substituted, help at school events, monitored retreats, transported students, and participated in the life of the school in many other ways.

Several job descriptions are in place and supervisors are assigned. Volunteers know their expectations beforehand and can begin a positive experience immediately. In addition, a specific orientation session and bi-annual evaluations (both written and verbal) are scheduled.

Residence Life 

AVDP volunteers live in the Rutilio Grande, S.J. House on the campus of Saint Ignatius High School. As neighbors to the Saint Ignatius Jesuit Community on Carroll Avenue, the Volunteers share daily in the life of the school - during the school day, after, and through the weekends. 

Community Life 

Volunteers enter into the life of many groups during their year of work in the ADVP. A critical aspect of the program is the building and sharing of community in the Rutilio Grande House.

 

Sharing meals and prayer with the Jesuits at the weekly Eucharist and dinner provides an opportunity to enter into the life of the religious community It is not often that one lives as neighbor to a house full of priests, but there is a wonderfully symbiotic relationship shared between the wise, patient Jesuits and the young, enthusiastic Alumni Volunteers.

It is not often that one lives as neighbor to a house full of priests, but there is a wonderfully symbiotic relationship shared between the wise,

patient Jesuits and the young, enthusiastic Alumni Volunteers. Alumni Volunteers learn that relationships at Saint Ignatius, even with faculty and staff, extend beyond the workplace and work day. Volunteers are invited to attend faculty socials and are welcomed especially into the younger faculty's social circle. Rich relationships form the foundation of a Volunteer's experience in the ADVP.