The Micah Program
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Micah Program Service Sites:
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 tutor the children and support the teachers in the classrooms. Approximately 10 minutes from SLU's Frost campus. http://www.slps.org/adamses
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. http://neighborhoodhouses.org/early-childhood-education
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." The school is approximately 10 minutes from SLU's Frost campus. http://www.citygardenschool.org/
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. http://www.cornerstonecenterstl.org/
De La Salle Middle School at St. Matthew's
De 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. At this Micah service site located in North St. Louis, but not far from campus, Micahs tutor/mentor under-served students. De La Salle is approximately 10 minutes from SLU's Frost campus. http://delasallems.org/index.html
Firm Foundation Tutoring Program - North and South Locations
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. 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. http://restorestlouis.org/tutoring
Micahs serve in the after-school program and childcare center for this organization that provides extensive, and excellent, spiritual-based social services to families. On Thursdays, Micahs will work with teens in T.O.P. (Teen Outreach Program). Kingdom House is United Way-funded and United Methodist Church-affiliated. Kingdom House is approximately 15 minutes from SLU's Frost campus.http://www.kingdomhouse.org
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. http://www.lewisplacestl.org/index.php/about-us
Mission St. Louis - After School Program
This faith-based program serves children 4th through 8th grade who are exceptionally high-risk. Some have been removed from other after school programs due to behavior issues. Monday through Thursday the program provides tutoring, enrichment and fun activities. On Friday, they take the children on special field trips (incentive-based). You will have the opportunity to build close and productive relationships with these troubled children. The school is only 5 minutes from campus. http://www.missionstl.org/what-we-do/youth-development/after-school-program/
Mullanphy Investigative Learning Center
Mullanphy 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. http://slpsmagnetschools.org/site323.php
St. Cecilia's Graduate Support
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. http://www.stceciliaschoolstl.org/
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. http://www.seadcc.org/Arsenal.php
Teen Mom Program at Caroline Mission
Micahs help with dinner and take care of the children while the young Moms are in their parenting and support program. http://neighborhoodhouses.org/teen-moms-program-girls-night-out/
Micahs mentor and/or tutor middle-school students at an inner-city after-school program. UrbanFUTURE is a “connector” of the family, school and community in impoverished urban areas providing mentoring, tutoring and career preparation programs to help youth see and believe in their possibilities. We need volunteers to become IMPACT Tutors. The IMPACT Tutors work with students in grades 4th-8th on academics such as reading, writing, and math. Micah students also help with enrichment activities. UrbanFUTURE provides the curriculum. Volunteers can chose to do only reading and writing, or math, or both. UrbanFuture is approximately 15 minutes from SLU's Frost campus. http://www.urbanfuturestl.org
Youth Learning Center
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. http://www.ytec-stl.com/index.cfm
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 Sherman Elementary and the Shaw Neighborhood. This event also serves as the Micah Make a Difference Day event (see mor einformation on Sherman Elementary above).
- November/December: For the Micah Annual Holiday Giving Project, Micah students, faculty, and staff "adopt" families in need from Southside Catholic Family Services and help to fulfill their christmas wishes.
- Spring Semester: Micah Intern Event. Some of the past Micah Intern events include benefit concerts for Karen House (see more information about Karen House above) and for organizations in Haiti, the first-ever Fair Trade Week held at Saint Louis University, and Valentines Day parties for St. Elizabeths..
- March/April: Indoor/Outdoor Spring Cleaning at Karen House (see more information about Karen House above). This event serves as the Micah Showers of Service event.
- April: Helping with Operation Brightside in the Shaw Neighborhood, Micah students work alongside residents of the Shaw Neighborhood to clean-up and beautify their street.
- Throughout the academic year: Micah students participate in other optional service opportunities at the request of people and organizations in need.