Senior Shared Life

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A further development in the regulated and tracked community involvement is the Senior Shared Life Project, which originated as the Senior Social Service Project. This program consists of each senior participating in a two-week community service project with an institution in the community. Some previous community programs that MUHS seniors have been involved in are Bluemound Childcare, Hillcrest Homes, Howard Village, Neighborhood House, Pieper Hillside Boys and Girls Club, Highland Community School, Westside Academy II, and various other institutions. This program has allowed the seniors at MUHS to engage completely in the community for two weeks without the distraction of school, focusing instead on working to help the community.

Click here to view photos from the Senior Shared Life project throughout the years.

Click here to view a map showing the locations of several of the organizations at which MUHS seniors volunteered. 

Browse the articles below to learn more about the various service MUHS seniors participated in for their Senior Shared Life projects.

"We Are Society," May 1973

We Are Society, May 1973

Article introducing the Social Commitment Committee (later called Senior Shared Life Project), which entails replacing two weeks of senior classes for a social cause. It explains the goals and aims of the committee and project, including being more involved in the community and volunteering at various organizations throughout the community.

"Service Project Termed Success," February 1976

Service Project Termed Success, February 1976

Details the Senior Social Service Project of 1976. Students worked at nearly 40 different institutions around the city and country from January 12-22.

Service Project Worthwhile, February 1977

Service Project Worthwhile, February 1977

Article on the Senior Shared Life program. Some seniors went to Kentucky, New York, Mississippi, South Dakota, and Florida to broaden perspectives and all seniors had to attend a Day of Recollection. Article includes student insights on the Senior Social Service Project and the sites mentioned include the Children’s Hospital, Irving School, St. Francis Children’s Center, Bellevue Hospital, and Harambee Community School.

"Senior Project gets New Name, Refinements," December 1978

Senior Project gets New Name, Refinements, December 1978

MUHS Senior Social Service Project renamed the Senior Shared Life Project; the article details the changed and refined program which now features speakers, "steering committee," and a day of recollection. Also discusses other schools in the Milwaukee area contacting MUHS to discuss adding the senior service project to their own curriculum.

"Shared Life Project Changes some, not others," February 1980

Shared Life Project Changes Some, Not Others, February 1980

Shared Life Project (Senior Social Service Project) review for 1980, including comments from students about their experiences. Institutions at which students volunteered include: Milwaukee Children’s Hospital, Laubach Literacy Center, St. Agnes Elementary, and Leland School.

Service Station, April 1980

Service Station, April 1980

This column acknowledges the volunteer work of students and faculty at Marquette High, including the effects of the Senior Shared Life Project on students, such as misconceptions, benefits, doing service more than once, and realizing not to take things for granted.

"Shared Life" Project: Seniors Learn Beyond The Classroom Walls, Winter 1984

"Shared Life" Project: Seniors Learn Beyond The Classroom Walls, Winter 1984

Article announces that 70 institutions will cooperate with MUHS on the upcoming Senior Shared Life project. Other service projects of the past fall include: Thanksgiving food drive, Christmas “toys-for-tots” drive, helped distribute butter and cheese to the needy in the neighborhood, the National Honor Society organized a system of tutoring and counseling other students in school. This page also includes pictures of students participating in their “Shared Life" project.

Seniors Share Experiences from Shared Life Projects, March 1985

Seniors Share Experiences from Shared Life Projects, March 1985

MUHS Seniors Share Experiences from Shared Life Projects, March 1985, Dave Herrmann, Head Start, Andy Siewert, Senior Shared Life, an article on seniors Senior Shared Life program.

Seniors Reflect on Shared Life: Gaenslen School, April 1986

Seniors Reflect on Shared Life: Gaenslen School, April 1986

Students reflect on their Shared Life Project, including Jim Rice on his experience at Gaenslen School, a Milwaukee public school which is designated for students aged 3-21 with a physical handicap or sensory, behavioral, or learning disabilities.

Shared Life in Review, April 1989

Shared Life in Review, April 1989

Reflections on the Senior Shared Life project, including hopes that it made an impact on both the community and students.

Seniors Share Skills and Service, Spring 1991

Seniors Share Skills and Service, Spring 1991

Article on the senior Shared Life program and its success.

As of 1991, MUHS logged over 285,000 total hours of community service given during the 18 years of the Senior Shared Life project during which students worked at inner-city grade schools, nursing homes, hospitals, day-care centers, facilities for the physically and mentally disabled and a wide variety of specialized service agencies; 75 different sites throughout the MKE area and 3 out-of-town sites: St. Coletta’s School in Jefferson, the Glenmary Missions in Kentucky, and the St. Francis Indian School in South Dakota.

This article includes reflections from students who worked at the Glenmary Mission: “We learned that these people, no matter what their problems were, are rich in spirit and are willing to share that spirit with us.”

The principal of school that MUHS students volunteered at said, “My only disappointment is that today is their last day!”

Senior Shared Life Project, Summer 1997

Senior Shared Life Project, Summer 1997

Two seniors reflect on their experience of the Senior Shared Life Project, Brendan Goodwin at Penfield Children’s Center at 26th and Wells and is a center for children with disabilities and Pat Neugent at Head Start, which is a day care program for low income or “at risk” children between the age of 3 to 5. He states that he became a male role model for the kids and said 2 weeks wasn’t long enough so he began spending his free time there.

Seniors Share Life, Faith, March 2000

Seniors Share Life, Faith, March 2000

Information from the 2000 Senior Shared Life project, during which students logged 40 hours of service per week; variety of sites including tutoring and serving as teacher’s aides at St. Rose Catholic Urban Academy, Froedtert Hospital (helped deliver materials to departments and patient rooms), and 10 seniors went to Kentucky to serve Glenmary Missioners.

Senior Shared Life, Fall 2000

Senior Shared Life, Fall 2000

Picture of student Pat Ousiak with children he worked with for his Senior Shared Life project and an article with Marquette University High School's mission statement and values. The article includes a quote by Pat stating, "it really allowed me to see the real world."

The Lessons of Shared Life, Summer 2004

The Lessons of Shared Life, Summer 2004

The article includes the lessons students learned during their Senior Shared Life projects; about 250 students participated and some sites include Irving School in West Allis, tutoring at Laubach Literacy Center, a cognitively-disabled secondary students at Fairview South School in Brookfield, Sojourner Truth House, St. Camillus Health Center, Holy Redeemer Academy.

Seniors Reach Out to Community, April 2007

Seniors Reach Out to Community, April 2007

Wrap-up and reflection of 2007 Senior Shared Life Project; some service sites include Village of Manor Park in West Allis working with the elderly, Sojourner Truth House for people affected by domestic violence.

The article also includes picture of seniors working with students.

Senior Shared Life: From Boys to Men, April 2011

Senior Shared Life: From Boys to Men, April 2011

Article on Senior Shared Life Project, 2011; some service sites include Goodwill Industries and Lincoln Center for the Arts.

Details that the seniors work a volunteer shift from 8am to 3:30pm and the article also shares the positive experience and lessons learned by students.

40 Years of Senior Shared Life, Summer/Fall 2012

40 Years of Senior Shared Life, Summer/Fall 2012

Article on the experiences and legacy of Senior Shared Life program on its 40th anniversary, including reflections from alumni. Sites mentioned include Rosebud Sioux Reservation, Glenmary Mission in Vanceburg, KY., the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to assist families with the daily demands of living, daycare on MKE’s urban Northside.

Senior Shared Life: A Marquette Tradition, May 2014

Senior Shared Life: A Marquette Tradition, May 2014

Article on the changes to the Senior Shared Life program tradition at MUHS since 1972-1973 when it began; seniors have volunteered at around 80 sites around MKE.

Article includes the quote, “[Mr. Terry Kelly] runs the project in the hope that by raising their awareness of social problems, students will be inspired to further action after they graduate, and truly live out what it means to be a Man for Others.”