For the past 30 years, each senior at the Jesuit all-boys prep school just west of downtown spends 85 hours in schools, shelters or agencies, mostly in the inner city.
Once a week, the seniors gather in small groups back at school to reflect and share experiences.
"I just feel so fortunate to said to give back," Loyola senior Ricky DaSilva. "I've gained a lot of experience from it."
The intensity of their time gives the service more meaning. It is a course in social action and awareness.
At Homeboy Industries, founded by a Loyola graduate, seniors work in the bakery alongside former gang members who are finding new lives through the program.
School service is not just the senior project. By the time a student graduates from Loyola, they will have served at least 150 hours in four years.
All together in the last 20 years, Loyola students have donated more than 1 million hours of community service.