Community Service Overview
Baylor students that participate in the Community Service program contribute more than 40,000 hours of service annually. From tutoring inner-city children in Chattanooga to ministering aid and comfort to orphans in Kingston, Jamaica, the program offers a full range of service and leadership opportunities.
While it is not the main goal of the program, Baylor students regularly earn college scholarships due to their commitment to community service.
- After School Scholars Program
- Middle School Program
- Student Leadership Opportunities
- Service Trips
- Jamaica Education Fund
After School Scholars Program
After a full day of classes, more than 100 Baylor student volunteers travel to nine different sites in Chattanooga gently encouraging over 300 children through homework assignments, reading programs, computer classes, music lessons, foreign language classes, drama classes, and art programs. The members contribute over 40,000 hours of service annually.
Our Annual Holiday Party
Each December, the community service program hosts a holiday party to honor and reward those children at the various site locations who have demonstrated a strong dedication to their homework and extra educational/enrichment activities. This party is a celebration of the child’s diligence in the after-school program -- the invitation list is exclusively dedicated to those children who have earned the privilege to attend. Each advisory group in the upper school raises money to provide gifts and rewards to children who earn attendance to the party.
Middle School Program
Baylor Middle School students have the opportunity to serve at a variety of sites in the Chattanooga community. Students volunteer to spend their afternoons at sites such as the Chattanooga Food Bank, Siskin Rehabilitation Center, and retirement communities. Through Middle School service, students experience a vast array of ways to serve one’s community.
R.E.S.P.E.C.T Leadership Board
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. stands for - Regard Every Soul Purely Embracing Compassionate Thoughts - and is the goal for which the members of the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Leadership Board strive.
Because the board is student-led, the members are very involved in service and are charged with bringing the group's ideas together to make Community Service a better program for the children they serve.
Students who participate in the grant-writing course identify various needs at service locations, then research, write, and present their grant proposals before a panel of administrators. If the grants are approved, the student’s vision will benefit area children by providing additional books, school supplies, and replacement furniture at daily tutoring sites, as well as parent parties, field trips, and other enrichment activities.
Each year, 10 students are selected as Jamaica Trippers through an extensive application process for a spring break trip to Jamaica, funded by Baylor School.
Selection for the Jamaica trip is among the highest honors a Baylor student can receive.
While in Jamaica students work in a children's home in Kingston, a home for the elderly in Trench Town, and the squatter community of Ferry. Trippers raise an average of $50,000 per year for the Jamaica Education Fund, which provides sponsorship for over 180 children in Ferry to pursue an education each year. If you would like to support the Jamaica Education Fund, please click here.
A second group travels back to Jamaica each summer. This group not only includes current students, but also alumni who participated in the trip while at Baylor.
During fall break, community service volunteers travel to Asheville, N.C., where they live and work in a homeless shelter. The trip puts students into community with those who are living without a reliable source of food or housing.
Each year students involved in community service at all grade levels help raise money for the Jamaica Education Fund, which goes toward providing an education for children in Jamaica. Last year students raised a total of $64,000. If you would like to support the Jamaica Education Fund, please click here.