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Service Leadership Program: Service Day 2014

Ninth Annual Service Day

Service is Our Business

On March 28th, 2014, more than 160 students participated in the 9th annual Service Day by painting, cleaning and landscaping at the Northside Youth and Senior Service Center. A special thank you to all students, faculty and staff who participated and made it one of our largest Service Days yet. 

About the 2014 Service Site

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; 1) Access to education, counseling and health services; 2) Recreation and social program; 3) Daily nutritional meals.

In 1973, the agency was founded in the historic Ville neighborhood, as Northside Community Center, by Father Bill Hutchison and several local residents. Their purpose was to establish a neighborhood senior center to address the pressing needs of neighborhood seniors living in poverty. Their immediate focus was to address hunger, malnutrition and isolation which led to the premature institutionalization of the elderly. Father Bill began his mission to serve the elderly by providing daily lunchtime meal delivery to the homes of the disabled and securing the use of building space for neighbor seniors to gather daily for a nutritious lunch, recreation and social activities. These activities were later formalized as the Meals on Wheels and Congregate Meals programs and were funded through a small grant from the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens.

In 2012, Northside Community Center, Inc., formally changed its name to Northside Youth And Senior Service Center, Inc. With the separation of its housing program and the sharper focus on youth and senior programming, the name change was meant to provide a clearer description of the type of service it provides and the people it serves.

For more information about the organization, please visit the Northside Youth and Senior Center, Inc., website.

About the SLU Service Leadership Program

The Service Leadership Program provides undergraduate business students in the John Cook School of Business 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.

To learn more and to join the Service Leadership Program, please visit the Service Leadership Program web page.