Understanding the value of growing the “whole student,” SVC has placed tremendous emphasis on providing a wide variety of extracurricular activities — and clubs are a major component of this effort.
Each year, High School students are able to choose from a wide range of clubs. “Clubs allow students the opportunity to explore areas of interest,” said Meredith Reuter, High School Registrar. Students are introduced to the various clubs each year during “Club Rush” when representatives from each group are available to provide information and answer questions.
Another valuable aspect of campus clubs is that they afford students a chance to connect with others. “As an extension of our students being taught that they belong to God, we want to provide them with an opportunity to feel a sense of belonging with their peers,” said Mrs. Reuter. “Clubs provide avenues for students to be in community.” For this reason, High School advisers strongly encourage students — particularly those who are new to SVC — to get involved in clubs.
Part of the overarching philosophy about clubs at SVC is the emphasis placed on these groups being student-driven. Each club must have a student leader and a minimum of five members. Almost all of the clubs were conceived of and created by student initiatives. If a student has a particular interest, he/she is strongly encouraged to start a new club, based on that interest.
Although not a requirement, clubs are highly encouraged to incorporate some sort of “service” component. For some groups, like ToGetHer Freedom (ministry to girls rescued from human trafficking), service happens organically. But for others, it can require some outside of the box thinking. For instance, the gaming club (Gamers for Good) partners with Extra Life, a charity that supports Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Club members promote Extra Life events (like gaming tournaments) and even create their own Extra Life donation links when they stream their own gameplay.
Students who participate in one or more clubs receive the added benefit of improving their college applications. Many schools consider extracurricular involvement in their admission decisions. Beyond this, participation allows students to experience teamwork and gain leadership skills. “These are things that students can take into the next stage of their life once they leave SVC,” said Mrs. Reuter.