The commitment of the Service Leadership Program comes to life each year when students take time out of their busy schedules to dedicate their talents, labor, and care to the less fortunate in the Saint Louis community. The students, as well as the rest of the Cook School faculty and staff, join together and volunteer to serve the less fortunate in Saint Louis thereby living out the values of our Jesuit tradition.
Each year the school and program choose a charitable cause partner. After months of preparation and planning the Cook School community comes together for a day to rally around the charity by providing supplies, labor, talent, and a commitment to bettering the programs and subsequently St Louis.
In 2017, Service Day will take place at the Christian Activity Center. The Christian Activity Center fosters mental, physical, spiritual, cultural and civic development opportunities for children and parents living in East St. Louis. The combination of its holistic approach, Christian values, and genuine staff dedication make it a unique place of hope in the community.
CAC has a reputation for developing strong leaders. Key focus areas continue to be education, spirituality, health, recreation, and community reinvestment. In recent years, the quality and depth of these programs has grown, resulting in clear improvements in the well-being of participants. Recognizing that parents play a critical role in the development of their children, CAC has also launched programs that help parents nurture and provide for their children.
CAC is developing 22.3 acres of healing space around our families’ homes, with the intention of preparing youth for healthy futures both inside our building and in the places they live. The project is named A Place to Grow and is a natural extension of CAC’s historical programming.
Service Day projects at CAC will emphasize working with A Place to Grow Project and will include everything from landscaping and weeding to painting and cleaning.