The Capstone Service Project

The Capstone Service Project is the culmination or “capstone” of students’ service and social justice activities at McQuaid Jesuit.

Students may begin their Capstone Project the week following their final exam of Junior Year. They must complete their project by the Friday before graduation, this year that date will be May 31st of 2019.  The Capstone Project must be pre-approved by the Director of Service and Justice and must be a substantial, standalone project with at least 25 hours of volunteer work. Any hours a student accumulates for a project that has not been pre-approved will not be allowed to count towards that project.  The project will preferably include direct contact with the population to be served, as kinship with the marginalized is an important part of Christian service.  Examples include:

  • Any service immersion experiences that take place preceding a student’s senior year
  • Working with a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit to create a standalone project beneficial to the organization. Examples of such projects include any consistent volunteer commitment or partnering to create a fundraiser for a nonprofit
  • Students are not limited to nonprofits as students can create and implement their own program for a marginalized population as long as a need exists and they have a well-thought-out plan to address that need

As stated above, the Capstone Service Project should include direct contact with the population to be served. If a student desires to work on a project that might not include much direct contact (such as a fundraising project) but still meets a legitimate need of a nonprofit organization that project should be discussed with the Director of Service and Justice. A post-Project interview or written reflection with Campus Ministry is part of the Capstone Project.

To access the Capstone Project Proposal Form please click the below link:

Capstone Service Project Proposal Form

All proposal forms should be submitted to Mr. Flaherty (pflaherty@mcquaid.org) in Campus Ministry. Also please be aware that you do have to submit the hours you serve for your Capstone on MobileServe. There is a specific category you should submit those hours under – “Senior Capstone Hours.”

If you are struggling to figure out a potential Capstone Service Project please check out the list of options below. The options below are approved projects but you still must speak to the adult or teacher who moderates that project, get their permission to use it for your Capstone, and submit a proposal form.

The St. Michael’s Woodshop is a ministry that serves teens in the City of Rochester by teaching life and character skills through woodworking. McQuaid students have the opportunity to participate in this ministry by assisting Rochester teens through tutoring and building relationships of mutuality. This project is overseen by Fr. Reiser (rreiser@mcquaid.org), president of McQuaid.

Please follow this link for the full description of the St. Michael’s Woodshop Capstone Project.

You don’t have to be a baller to be a Baller!

Founded by Riley Benner, ’16, the McQuaid Ballers is an innovative service program that has its roots in working to reduce the recidivism rate within the New York State Juvenile Detention system. The original goal of working with juveniles in detention was to assure that once a child left a correctional institution they would not reenter the system. Today, McQuaid Ballers partners with Hillside Family of Agencies here in Rochester but the goal of mentoring at-risk youth to help them stay out of the criminal justice system is still the same. To achieve this goal, McQuaid Jesuit students commit to mentor juveniles on a weekly basis. Mentoring includes “balling” with the residents, sharing a meal, developing positive relationships, and discussing healthy life choices.

Please talk to Mr. Brady (dbrady@mcquaid.org) if you have questions about how to participate in the Ballers program for your Capstone.

Every Sunday Monroe Community Hospital holds a Catholic Mass for its residents. Many people staying at the hospital are wheelchair bound or do not have the best mobility and require help in getting down to Mass from their rooms. Volunteers are needed to help escort people down to Mass and to provide a smiling face and pleasant conversation. This Capstone project requires students to be consistent in their commitment and fully present to the sick and elderly people they serve.

Please talk to Mrs. Stoll-Ewart (gstollewart@mcquaid.org) if you want to find out how to participate with the Monroe Community Hospital for your Capstone.

The Motherhouse is the center for Congregational Life and outreach for the Sisters of St. Joseph. It also serves as a home to many retired nuns and priests. Volunteers assist with everything from bingo set-up to going on walks with residents. The main service provided is being a caring presence to the retired nuns and priests at the Motherhouse. Students who wish to volunteer here for their Capstone should have a comfort and passion for working with the elderly and be able to make a long-term commitment (at least one semester or one full academic year). Volunteers would be scheduled a couple hours every week with this commitment stretching over several weeks. Interested students should contact Mrs. Martha Mortensen-Kolkmann at mmortensen@ssjrochester.org to be considered.

Nativity Prep offers a tuition-free and values-based education to 5th through 8th grade students who were not well-served by the Rochester City School District and who come from economically disadvantaged families. One of things they do differently is offering daily, after-school enrichment activities. They are looking for students interested in working with children who would be able to help coach sports like soccer or basketball, moderate other enrichment activities, or creating and implementing a community service project to complete alongside the middle school students. Volunteer obligations would be only once or twice a week from 4:15pm-5:30pm. Nativity Prep is located only a couple miles away from McQuaid right off of Clinton Avenue. Please contact Ms. Meredith Smith (msmith@nativityrochester.org) if interested.