Notre Dame Preparatory School's vibrant Service Program is rooted in the mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the school's founding order. All NDP community members--from students, to faculty and staff to alumnae to families--have the opportunity to be involved directly with marginalized communities in Baltimore and beyond.Service learning has been a visible tradition at NDP since the 1930s when the Sodality and Mission Club organized service activities. The current community service requirement for seniors has been in place since 1975, making it the longest-running service requirement curriculum in the region.
Community service infuses the lives of NDP students, beginning in Middle Level and running through Upper Level. A solid foundation of service learning is built on in-house and off-campus projects and reflection experiences that are developmentally appropriate. During their years at NDP, students develop a life-long attitude toward service.
|key student organizations
CCAP (Christian Community Awareness Program)
CCAP is a school organization, like Student Council and the Athletic Association, dedicated to serving the community. The group sponsors the Red Cross Blood Drives; food donations to Our Daily Bread; the Penny Queen fund raiser; the Head Start Christmas Party; the Christmas Dance; and Pasta for the Philippines. There is one representative from each homeroom, as well as At-Large grade representatives. Meetings are held about once a month.
The mission of Club Umoja is to foster ongoing relationships with children from Camp Umoja through programs with Baltimore public housing developments. We strive to instill a love of learning and promote personal growth in the children. In addition, Club Umoja exists to educate the NDP community as it increases our awareness on urban issues affecting Baltimore’s youth. In the process of achieving these goals we hope to make the experience enjoyable for all involved.
Started in 2004, Club Umoja organizes outreach programs for Camp Umoja children both here and in the community. We host an annual “Urban Forum” to discuss issues that affect Baltimore City’s children.
Habitat for Humanity Club
Our Habitat for Humanity Club works Habitat's Susquehanna Chapter with to raise awareness about affordable housing in our local area.
|Summer Service Camps
Camp Umoja is a summer day camp for children from Baltimore City Public Housing. Since its beginning in 1985, children between the ages of 6 and 11 have attended. Located at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland, the camp offers daily Red Cross certified swimming lessons, arts and crafts and a tutoring program. Volunteer counselors from Notre Dame Prep and local boy's schools provide the campers with close supervision in a caring atmosphere. Our key to success is the one-on-one attention that our counselors give to the children. Umoja, which means “unity” in Swahili, has special meaning for the camp. At Camp Umoja, high school students and young children from two very different worlds come together. In that setting the counselors come to recognize the value of direct service, and that inner city kids have hopes and dreams just like they do. The young campers gain many important skills through tutoring, arts and crafts, and swimming. They also grow from the recognition that their counselors care deeply about them. Seeking to continue their relationships with their campers throughout the year, NDP students formed Club Umoja.
Sisters Academy Summer Camp
Started in 2005, the Sisters Academy Summer Camp, is a day camp offering sports and fitness opportunities for the students of Sisters Academy of Baltimore, a Catholic, community-centered middle school, that educates girls from families of limited economic means, in southwest Baltimore. Notre Dame Prep students volunteer as counselors at the camp, offering support, encouragement, and friendship with these middle-schoolers and maintain their relationship with the students throughout the following school year.