SLU Business Students Participate in 11th Annual Day of Service
ST. LOUIS - On Friday, April 1, students, faculty and staff from Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business shared in the spirit of service at the Lift For Life Gym.
The mission of Lift For Life Gym is to offer at-risk St. Louis city children a safe, enriching environment in which to strengthen their bodies, enrich their minds, develop healthy social relationships, and learn to make positive life choices.
The volunteers spent the afternoon assisting with painting the inside and outside of the youth activity center, and landscaping and cleaning the outdoor space.
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.
“This year marks our 11th Annual Service Day - a day when the Business School community rallies around a common goal of serving for and with others,” Smyth said. “While only one day out of the year, it symbolizes the Business School’s commitment to our Jesuit mission of working for a better community and world.”