My morning routine has changed dramatically since this time a year ago. In September 2020, I would mosey my way out of bed, wash my face, fill up the Keurig, and go right back into my room for my day of online classes. Although I felt distant from my college peers and professors, I did enjoy the comfort of my fluffy blanket and old Seattle Prep sweatpants. Every day gave off the same mundane energy as I counted down the days to graduation. Motivation was low, and everyone around me was thinking of anything but the present moment.
Alumni Service Corps
An Ignatian Community Engaged in Ignatian Ministry
Welcome to Seattle Prep’s Alumni Service Corps (ASC). You will find our program capturing your attention, and hopefully igniting your imagination as you consider the opportunities ahead for you. Picture yourself joining the ASC, living in community with fellow Prep graduates, and providing a year of service to the school. Our current students see our mission in action as they experience examples of the Grad at Grad daily. The Alumni Service Corps serves as an opportunity to live in gratitude and experience community, personal formation, and service. In my 20+ years of teaching and coaching at Seattle Prep, I am continually challenged and humbled by you, our students and graduates. Thank you for considering the Alumni Service Corps and I look forward to reconnecting with you. Please feel free to contact me personally here.
Brian Meza ’92
ASC Director, Science Teacher
Seattle Prep welcomed its first class of Alumni Service Corps (ASC) volunteers in August 2017. The ASC program is an extension of our mission in action, where current Seattle Prep students experience the leadership qualities of our recent graduates. This unique volunteer opportunity helps serve a variety of academic, co-curricular, and formational needs on campus. Our ASC volunteers participate in retreats, clubs, service projects, tutoring, and in a variety of other areas on campus. ASC volunteers strive to grow in Ignatian spirituality by living simply in community for a school year of service devoted to Seattle Prep.
ASC volunteers give back a year of post-college service in gratitude for their Jesuit education. ASC core values are service, community, and personal growth. ASC volunteers approach the participation in the Alumni Service Corps with a variety of motivations. Typically these include the desire to have an interim year before graduate studies or employment, the desire to explore education as a potential career, and/or the desire to say "thank-you" for their own rich, Jesuit education. Regardless of the variety of motivations present to commit to the Alumni Service Corps, the primary desire is an integrated vision of service and gratitude.
The National ASC program was founded by the Missouri Province in 1991. Shortly thereafter, some additional Jesuit high schools began similar programs with their own alumni coming back to their high school for a year of service. Seattle Prep is not part of the national program in terms of volunteer placement, although we do share in mission and objectives.
The National ASC program connects six participating schools in Denver, Kansas City and St. Louis. It maintains close ties to the Jesuits, and has a strong Ignatian formation component.
The ASC application process for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Applications will be received and reviewed from October 1-February 1. Completed applications must be submitted to the ASC Director, Brian Meza, no later than February 1.
Please email Brian Meza ’92, ASC Director & Science Teacher, with any questions or call 206-324-0400.