Student Life

Summer Service Initiatives

During the summer, Jesuit provides volunteer support to six agencies/projects. Students are encouraged to continue their service by participating in one of the opportunities listed below.

Aceing Autism

Aceing Autism is a tennis sports intervention program for children with autism spectrum disorders. During the summer months volunteers can register with the organization to assist with summer camp sessions. If you are interested in learning more, email the contacts listed below.

Dates: Summer sessions begin the week of June 9th

Student Contact: Thomas Cluck '20

Agency Contact: Adrienne Bransky

Catholic Charities Immigration Services

Catholic Charities Immigration Services is a division of Catholic Charities of Dallas. Located at 1421 W Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75247, it serves the Diocese of Dallas and Fort Worth as being a voice for the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized. You will work alongside the adult team in the legal department by assisting with clients. Spanish is helpful but not required.

Dates: M-F throughout the summer, 9am – 5pm

Agency Contact: Luis Arango

Crossroads Community Services

Crossroads Community Services is a multi-service agency which aids families who are in need of extra help. Families are identified as living at or below the poverty line and qualify for food and clothing assistance, training, and counseling. Jesuit students work directly with the clients, assist them with shopping on site, loading items into their car or bus, and making them feel welcome.

Dates: M-F throughout the summer, with some additional weekend shifts available, 9am – 5pm

Agency Contact: Danielle Blanco

HEROES Academy

Providing Lifelong Learning Through Community Experiences

H.E.R.O.E.S. strives to create social, recreational and vocational programs designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. H.E.R.O.E.S. strongly encourages the integration of all individuals in to their community by providing social models, communication, emotional and behavioral supports.

Summer Academies:

  • June 18 – 22
  • June 25 – 29
  • July 2 – 6
  • July 9 – 13
  • July 23 – 27

Learn more about HEROES Academy

Submit a Volunteer Application Form

Student Contact: Matthew Freeman ‘20

iCan Shine Bike Camp

The Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas is pleased to welcome back the iCan Shine Bike Camp at UTD in Richardson August 6-10, 2018. The iCan Bike program is designed to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become lifelong independent riders! Riders attend the same 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days (M – F) whereby they are physically assisted and encouraged by two volunteer “spotters”. Volunteer spotters walk/run alongside riders to support and motivate them on an emotional level while also physically assisting with bike balance and skill building.
If you are interested in volunteering as a spotter for our 2018 camp, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form and submit via e-mail to or mail to 1702 N. Collins Blvd., Suite 170, Richardson, TX 75080.
For more information visit

Manna for Others (Lewisville)

Manna for Others is hosted every Saturday from 7am -11:30am at Christian Community Action on 200 S. Mill Street in Lewisville. Volunteers cook and serve breakfast to roughly 200 individuals from Lewisville and the surrounding areas. Students can sign up for CCA summer service at the link below. For questions, contact Elise Stewart at

CLICK HERE to register for Manna for Others this summer

National Down Syndrome Conference

To provide the best convention experience for over 600 youth & adults with Down syndrome, the conference needs extensive volunteer support over the three days. No previous experience is necessary just a desire to interact directly with people with Down syndrome and a willingness to have fun! Most importantly is support for the Kids’ Camp. Volunteers for Kids’ Camp assist children ages 6 months to 14 years while they participate in crafts, games, and educational activities. During this time, their parents participate in the General Convention.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years for Kids’ Camp.

Volunteer days/times:

  • Friday, July 13 7:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Friday, July 13 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 14 2:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 15 7:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Sign Up on the volunteer registration website at or the NDSC convention website

For more information about volunteering, please contact Jean Jewell or Leigh Weedman at or 817.861.5000.

Trinity River Audubon Center

Trinity River Audubon Center, located just ten miles south of downtown Dallas, is your gateway to explore the amazing resources of the 6,000-acre Great Trinity Forest. As the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States, this forest supports a diverse community of plant and animal species and contains a unique mixture of bottomland hardwoods, wetlands and grasslands. A part of the City of Dallas-Trinity River Corridor Project, the center's 120 acres sit on a former illegal dump site, now a reclaimed haven for a vast array of birds and other wildlife in an increasingly urbanized metropolitan area. Five miles of trails lead visitors through hardwood forests, pond, wetland, and prairie ecosystems, and along the Trinity River.

Summer Safaris: Serve as an eco-guide for elementary age students visiting the center to learn about nature and conservation.

  • Monday – Fridays; 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Conservation Volunteers Summer Hours:

  • Weekdays (flexible)
  • Saturdays; 8:00 – 11:00 am

Learn more about volunteering at the Trinity River Audubon Center

Contact the center to schedule your volunteer hours.

Student Contact: Greg Yared ‘19

Vickery Meadows Academy

The Vickery Meadows Academy is a summer intensive reading program for refugee children living in the Vickery Meadows neighborhood in east Dallas. Jesuit has a long standing relationship with this community through our Refugee Reading Circle Program led by the Interact Club. The Summer Academy is hosted throughout July and early August.

Reading Academy Dates:

  • July 16 – 19
  • July 23 – 26
  • July 30 – August 2
  • August 6 – 10 (Super Happy Fun Week!)

Learn more about the Vickery Meadows Summer Reading Academy.

Contact the Academy if you would like to volunteer.

Youth Leader Application

Student Contact: Sam Dayton ‘20

YMCA Camp ROC Sports Recreation

A summer youth sports program serving children living around Johnson’s outpost. Jesuit students provide 2 hours of recreation time as a part of the YMCA summer youth camp program, three days a week. Students will meet at Jesuit and carpool together.

If you are interested in signing up, contact the individuals listed below.

Dates: June 11 – August 10.

Days and Volunteer Contacts:

IMPORTANT: All volunteers must create a “Volunteer Matters” account with the YMCA.

Download the Volunteer Matters account set-up instructions.