Business Students Lend a Hand at Northside Youth and Senior Service Center

slu-03-28-14-078John Cook School of Business students gather in the Shanahan Atrium for a team photo.

Last Friday, more than 160 students, faculty and staff from Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business shared in the spirit of being a good neighbor at the Northside Youth and Senior Service Center.

The mission of the Northside Youth And Senior Service Center, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life of its clients by serving the basic needs of the elderly, children and families in the St. Louis Metropolitan area by providing access to education, counseling and health services; recreation and social programs; and daily nutritional meals.

The volunteers spent the afternoon painting walls and fences, and adding a touch of spring to play areas and outside spaces with flowers and fresh mulch. They used 37 gallons of paint and left an additional 18 gallons for the organization to use in the future.

dsc0004Adding a new coat of paint to a door at Northside Youth and Senior Service Center during the Cook annual day of service.

The annual day of service project was part of the Cook School’s Service Leadership Program which provides undergraduate business students the opportunity to develop and hone their leadership skills while serving the St. Louis community.

By volunteering at service sites throughout the community, students practice critical thinking, decision making, effective communication and team building. As students develop these practical and essential skills they flourish as future business leaders.

Ben Smyth, manager of service learning programs, said the project is an important part of helping students prepare for the future and be a part of SLU’s mission to be people for others.

“While only one day out of the year, Service Day serves as an example of what we stand for at the business school — service to others and a commitment to the common good,” Smyth said. “It was a chance for students, faculty and staff to unite under a common goal and to really make an impact for a local not-for-profit.”

Click here to view photos from the 2014 Annual Service Day and get more information about the Service Leadership Program.

Reposted with permission from SLU.edu

Jeanette Grider


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