Contact Information

LINE
Office for Social Concern and Involvement

Phone:
426-6001 loc. 5090-91

Fax:
426-1017

E-mail:
osciateneo@yahoo.com

Web:
http://ls.ateneo.edu/osci

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 8am-12nn

The Office for Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI) is the conscientization arm of the Ateneo de Manila University that aims to increase social awareness and involvement by being more responsive to the struggle of the marginalized sectors of our society.


VISION-MISSION

In serving the interest of faith and justice, the Office for Social Concern and Involvement envisions itself as the center of student social formation of the Loyola Schools.


To achieve this, the Office for Social Concern and Involvement aims to: 1) promote awareness of the reality of poverty through experiental learning; 2) integrate service-learning in all academic disciplines; 3) foster social awareness; 4) serve as the link to marginalized sectors through solidarity action and advocacy work.


In so doing, we shall develop future leaders who have the critical consciousness and the "heart" for the marginalized, and live a life of faith that does justice.


Programs

PROGRAM
YEAR LEVEL
THEME
First Year

Ignatian tradition of Persons- for-others

NSTP
Second Year

Human dignity and human rights

JEEP
Third Year
Dignity in labor

Immersion and PRAXIS

Fourth Year

Church social doctrines

Common Good

Brief History

The Office for Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI) since its establishment in April 1975 has sought several approaches to respond to the call of Jesuit education of forming ‘persons-for-others’ among its students. From traditional immersions in rural and urban communities to relief drives and mobilization for advocacy works, the OSCI has been an active partner in imbibing to the Ateneans their deep sense of social responsibility.

Programs

A. First Year: Introduction to Ateneo Culture and Traditions (InTACT)
 

The Introduction to Ateneo Culture and Traditions is a formation program for the first year students of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University. It is designed primarily to facilitate the transition of freshmen to Ateneo college life. It is hoped that through InTACT, the students will adopt ideals of social responsibility, academic excellence, spiritual maturity, and cultural rootedness as part of Ateneo’s way of life.


The "I SAW", or the InTACT Social Awareness Weekend exposure trip supervised by the Office for Social Concern and Involvement (OSCI) is one of the major components of the INTACT program.


B.Second Year: National Service Training Program-Preparatory Leadership Undertaking for Sophomores (NSTP-PLUS)
 

NSTP PLUS is the Loyola Schools' response to the challenge of implementing the National Service Training Program (RA 9163) - a required 1-year course for all college students in universities and colleges nationwide. NSTP PLUS aims to provide the opportunities for self-awareness and management for Sophomore students through social awareness and involvement which involves concretizing issues of marginalization and offering meaningful service to urban poor communities. OSCI implements two of NSTP's components for NSTP PLUS:

 
(1) Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS). Students can participate in various community development activities such as tree planting, house build, feeding program, catechism and facilitating recreational activities for children in different institutions and communities.
 
(2) Literacy Training Service (LTS). Students can engage in supplementary tutorial services in public schools and communities promoting education among underprivileged grade school and high school students and out-of-school youth.
 
C.Third Year: Junior EngagEment Program (JEEP)
 

The Junior Engagement Program is designed to enable third year students to engage the world beyond the self. It provides students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of what it means to be human persons by engaging in the realities of people who experience life on the margins of Philippine society.


Students participate in the work and daily activities of people on the margins through insertion into the following sectors: elderly, environment, differently abled, labor, LGU and volunteer groups.


D.Fourth Year: PRAXIS Program

 

The Praxis Program is the synthesis of the 4-year developmental program of the OSCI. Being an integral part of the Theology of Catholic Social Vision (TH 141), it allows the students to engage with the marginalized sectors and experience being professionals-for-others. The program aims to put into practice the students’ abilities, talents and competence in their chosen profession in responding to the call for service.


In this program, it is vital that the students undergo an immersion. It involves a two and a half day, week-end immersion (Friday-Sunday) with marginalized sectors of our society. This experience concretizes the situation of the poor in the lives of the students. Social analysis and discernment are key components in the deepening of experience to help them realize and understand the societal issues and its context. In the spirit of the common good and preferential option for the poor, students will be genuinely moved to render action in living out a faith that does justice.


The Praxis Program is part of the overall mission of the University in living out the Jesuit spirituality and tradition of forming young, socially responsible and committed men and women for others.


E. OSCI Volunteer Formation Program (OV)

 

Aligned with the Ignatian Spirituality, OV is a social formation program for volunteers. It prepares Ateneo student leaders to a life of service. This is being done by:


• providing venues for students’ social involvement relevant to their given talents and abilities and,

• strengthening their role as members of the youth sector and advocating for marginalized groups


In so doing, OSCI volunteers will serve for the greater glory of God.

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