The RUIBAL Challenge hopes to build strong partnerships and relationships between Villanova students and the students and communities they serve with. During RUIBAL, freshmen serve as tutors, mentors, and activity coordinators, including opportunities for sports, drama, the arts, dance... just about any interest a Villanova freshmen could bring to the grammar school children, including homework help. There are four main goals of the program: to engage first-year students in building community both with their peers and with the students at the schools in which they serve; to invite freshmen in Villanova’s tradition of service and to contextualize an understanding of service which is grounded in partnership; to help freshmen discover their own “God-given gifts and talents” which will help them become life-long agents of social change, and to create long-term partnerships which forward the mission and ministry of the school communities who partner with the program.
Here are the schools we volunteer at each week!
St. Ignatius of Loyola / Our Mother of Sorrows: Tuesdays-Fridays
North Light Community Center: Mondays-Fridays
St. Rose of Lima: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays
LaSalle Academy: Mondays and Thursdays
St. Frances Cabrini: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays