The Micah Program
Where students from all majors live, study and serve together

The Micah Program Service Sites:

Micah Program students perform service in neighborhoods surrounding campus. We provide small and large group service opportunites. For their weekly service, Micah students make a committment to serve at a specific Micah service site for at least a full semester. Small groups of students travel to the service sites using university vehicles. Only thirty hours of service per semester is required, averaging about 2 to 3 hours per week. Students choose their service sites from those listed below based on their interests and availability.

Adams Elementary School 

Adams Elementary is a St. Louis city public school close to campus serving a very high population of children in need. Micahs serve as Buddy Readers and tutors (basic math skills) and/or provide student project support (assisting a student/groups of students with a long term project). Approximately 10 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.

Beyond School (Mission St. Louis) - After School Program 

This faith-based program serves children 4th through 8th grade.  You will have the opportunity to build close and productive relationships with these at-risk children.  The St. Louis Language Immersion School location and St. Louis College Prep location both need volunteer mentors that can commit to volunteering for at least one semester. Both schools are only 5 minutes from campus.


Caroline Mission Early Childhood Center:  Neighborhood Houses

Caroline Mission is a Missouri licensed and accredited Early Childhood Education Program facility operated by Neighborhood Houses and supported by the United Way.  Their Mission is to provide quality affordable child care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.  They state, "Caroline Mission is a “home away from home” for children and families of St. Louis. With our nearly 100-year history of providing services to the St. Louis community, you can rest assured that your child is being cared for in a safe and stimulating environment."  The school is 5 minutes from the Frost campus.


City Garden Montessori School 

Micahs work with primary and elementary school children for this inner-city, SLU-sponsored Charter School's after-school program.  The mission of City Garden Montessori is to provide a high-quality education to a diverse student population following the philosophy of Maria Montessori, and to cultivate young people who value and respect themselves, others, the environment, and the world community. They state, "In the process of nurturing our students to be competent, creative, lifelong learners who practice compassion, respect, nonviolence and sustainability, we will strengthen families, the neighborhoods we serve, and the City of St. Louis as a whole." Volunteers will be asked to help prepare snack, help with arts and crafts, sports and games both indoor and outdoor, and play table games while City Garden students wait to be picked up. The school is approximately 10 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.

Cornerstone Center for Early Learning

Micahs work with children birth to age 6 at Cornerstone, which provides high-quality, affordable, comprehensive care and education for children while following a Constructivist philosophy that governs all aspects of operation. As a nonprofit, United Way agency, the Center enables parents to enter or remain in the workforce, or to seek higher education. Cornerstone is approximately 10 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.


Flance Early Learning Center

Located in North St. Louis in an innovative mixed-income community, this growing (and learning) early childhood center, 6 weeks to 6 years, needs Micahs any afternoon from 3 to 6 pm. The site is newer and the building is incredible - designed for little children in every aspect. 60% of the children they serve qualify for Early Head Start. And, many of the other children are from low-income, under-served families. They use the LUME approach to education, which is similar to Montesorri and addresses the "whole" child (sound familiar?). Micah Mark Bowles would be happy to supply more information.
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Firm Foundation Tutoring Program - North

Firm Foundation Tutoring Program - South

Micahs at this faith-based program tutor inner-city children-in-need, K through 9th grade.  This organization is a part of Restore St. Louis and New City Fellowship. One-on-one weekly tutoring with children in grades K-12.  From FF, "We are a Christian organization and as such do Bible studies and pray with the children. We ask that tutors are comfortable with this and if not to let us know.  It's is so good for our kids to know college students and see that college is something to work hard for." At the south location, families of the current children being served come from Burma, Liberia, and Nepal. At the north location, the children served are from distressed North St. Louis neighborhoods where many of the schools have been closed.  Both Firm Foundation locations are approximately 15 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.


Kingdom House - Upperclasspeople Only for Fall 2016

Micahs serve as Family Center volunteers are needed. Kingdom House provides a safe educational setting for children and youth while their parents/guardians attend programming (Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, Adult Education and Literacy). Volunteers are needed to play games, read aloud, help with homework, and interact with children age 6 weeks to 12 years Kingdom House is United Way-funded and United Methodist Church-affiliated. Kingdom House is approximately 15 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.


La Salle Middle School at St. Matthew's

La Salle Middle School is a small school in the historic Ville neighborhood of urban North St. Louis, Missouri. The neighborhood has significant rates of unemployment, teen pregnancy, infant mortality and crime. Founded in 2001, De La Salle Middle School works with fifth through eighth grade students in the Encompass Program- After School WorkShops.  Micah service site located in North St. Louis, La Salle is approximately 10 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.


Lewis Place After-School Tutoring Program

Micahs tutor/mentor children ages K thru 8th at this center located in a historic neighborhood in North St. Louis (but not far from campus) where the Housing Authority has provided a community room for neighbors who are serving the local children. The neighbors have tried to restore a sense of community for the children. They have several programs for the children and youth, including an after-school program where they focus on literacy and a Saturday morning youth program that focuses on community, leadership and sports.


Missionaries of Charity After School Program

Located in a highly distressed neighborhood, the Sisters provide after-school care, a soup kitchen, a women's shelter, and more for the community. Micahs will help on Wednesdays with the after-school program, 3:45 to 6:15 pm. The children get a safe space to play, tutoring, snacks, prayer, guidance, and dinner. Ages 4 to 12.  Micah Grad Erin Canning would be happy to supply more info. The Sisters have very limited resources to work with - in other words, they need YOU! This site is "un-plugged" and a bit rough around the edges. They do not have email, cell phones, a web site, etc. They do have one land line. Yes! This is Mother Teresa's order!…/Volunteering/v_cal.html


Mullanphy Investigative Learning Center

Mullanphy is a public school located in the Shaw Neighborhood.  It serves children from pre-school (age 3) through grade five and additionally houses special education classes for children of autism, cross-categorical and resource.  Students are taught through investigative learning activities, and utilize the two computer labs, two science labs, the school's greenhouse and the school's formal garden.The school also receives resources and support from the Missouri Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Science Center and the St. Louis Zoo.


St. Cecilia's School and Academy

Micah tutor at-risk middle-school and high school students at St. Cecilia's Academy, a NativityMiguel school serving the Latino community and a diverse population of students in grades k-8. As part of their commitment to their 8th grade graduates, St. Cecilia's Academy offers supervised tutoring/study hall. All St. Cecilia high school students (now attending various schools throughout the St. Louis city/county) are encouraged to return to St. Cecilia in order to receive one on one tutoring and/or access to the computer lab for school-related/research activities. St. Cecilia's is approximately 20 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.


St. Elizabeth Adult Day Care

Weekly, Micahs spend quality time with elderly and disabled adults-in-need in this safe and caring environment. Annually, Micah students provide a festive Valentine's Day celebration for the clients in this program. St. Elizabeth's is approximately 5 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.


Youth Learning Center - The Biome

Micahs tutor and serve as Academic Coaches for 2nd through 8th graders at this academic center for under-served children. The center has a special focus on math, science, technology, writing, and engineering, but provides academic support in any area the child needs help(Formerly the Youth Technology and Education Center - YTEC). YLC is approximately 5 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.


And, Serving Others...Optional Large-Group Service Projects

- September: Alongside members of New City Fellowship, Micahs help renovate neighborhoods in distress. This is not a weekly service site, but Firm Foundation Tutoring is affiliated with New City (see more about Firm Foundations Tutoring above).

- October: Micah Halloween Party for 250 Children from the Shaw Neighborhood and Adams Elementary. This event also serves as the Micah Make a Difference Day event (see more information on Adams Elementary above).

- November/December: For the Micah Annual Holiday Giving Project, Micah students, faculty, and staff "adopt" families from Caroline Mission's Teen Mom Program and help to fulfill their christmas wishes.

- April: Helping with Operation Brightside and Showers of Service, Micah students work alongside residents of the historic Shaw and Lewis Place inner city neighborhoods to beautify their streets and to prepare community gardens for the growing season.

- Throughout the academic year: Micah students participate in other optional service opportunities at the request of people and organizations in need.