“When we help, we become aware of our own strength. But when we serve, we don’t serve with our strength; we serve with ourselves, and we draw from all of our experiences. Our limitations serve; our wounds serve; even our darkness can serve. My pain is the source of my compassion; my woundedness is the key to my empathy.” – (2017, August 7) Helping, Fixing, or Serving? Lion's Roar
Punahou School does not have a specific service hour requirement for graduation. Currently, our Senior Capstone course requires 22 hours of direct service that must be completed during the duration of the course. Clubs such as National Honors Society or Key Club may have more specific service hour requirements so please check in with the advisors of those clubs for more information.
The Luke Leaders Program is a hub of new, innovative, youth-led ideas that tackle some of our community’s most profound issues. If you are a student in grades 9 – 12 who has aspirations to build peace, organize community, to fight injustice, to take a stand, or to change the world, then Luke Leaders is for you!
This is a uniquely youth-led program. Though Luke Center and Ceeds of Peace staff will supervise and facilitate discussion, the voices and choices of the youth will be on the forefront. Each year we will launch a new cohort of Luke Leaders who are led through a flexible approach to executing some of their big ideas. The cohort’s group sessions will be held at the Luke Center from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm three times a year with individual meetings between each session.
While Luke Center for Public Service is available to assist students in finding or developing service opportunities, students should contact the NJHS advisor, Yun Choe for specific questions, like numbers of required hours.
While Luke Center encourages service and seeks to inspire interest among students, it does not require such service. We do not coordinate groups of students to volunteer. We actively promote appropriate opportunities and make information available to the students who then contact the organization directly if the opportunity fits their interest and schedule. While many students choose to participate, Luke Center cannot guarantee that a certain number of students will volunteer for any service activity.
The Luke Center for Public Service supports a wide range of service opportunities that are appropriate for students, and we actively encourage all students to engage in volunteer activities that align with their interests and schedule. If your organization has an opportunity that you would like us to consider, please fill out this Volunteer Request Form and send it and all opportunity information (fliers, websites, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org.