Micah Program Service

From after-school tutoring to beautifying city streets, serving the community is at the forefront of Saint Louis University’s Micah program.

As a member of the Micah program, you will serve in neighborhoods surrounding our campus in Midtown St. Louis. Micah students make a commitment to serve at a specific Micah service site once a week for at least a full semester, contributing 2-3 hours of service a week and a total of at least 30 hours of service per semester. Small groups of students travel together using university vehicles to these service sites. Students choose their service sites from those listed below based on their interests and availability. The program also provides optional large group service opportunities.

Students on a Service Site

Micah students Maria Garcia, Matt Udani and Cielo Dela Rosa helping out a city neighborhood on a service day.


Micah Service Sites

Adams Elementary School

Adams Elementary is a St. Louis city public school approximately five minutes from campus serving a very high population of children in need. You may serve as a Buddy Reader or as a tutor for basic math skills. You may also assist a student or groups of students with a long-term project.

Beyond School After-School Program

Beyond School, through Mission St. Louis, is a faith-based program serving children in fourth through eighth grades. You will have the opportunity to build close and productive relationships with the children. The St. Louis Language Immersion School location and St. Louis College Prep location both need volunteer mentors. Both schools are only five minutes from campus.

Caroline Mission Early Childhood Center

Caroline Mission is a Missouri licensed and accredited early childhood education program facility operated by Neighborhood Houses and supported by the United Way. You can help provide quality affordable child care for children from six weeks to five years old as a volunteer. The school is approximately five minutes from campus.

City Garden Montessori School
As a volunteer at City Garden Montessori School, you will work with primary and elementary school children in an after-school program. The mission of City Garden Montessori is to provide a high-quality education to a diverse student population and to raise young people who value and respect themselves, others, the environment and the world. You will be asked to help prepare snacks, help with arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor sports and games, and play table games while students wait to be picked up. The school is approximately 10 minutes from campus.
Cornerstone Center for Early Learning
As a volunteer, you will work with children birth to age six at the Cornerstone Center for Early Learning, 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, Cornerstone enables parents to enter or remain in the workforce or to seek higher education. Cornerstone is approximately 10 minutes from SLU's campus.
Firm Foundation Tutoring Program
As a volunteer with Firm Foundation Tutoring Programs, you will offer one-on-one weekly tutoring with children in kindergarten through high school. This faith-based 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 north St. Louis neighborhoods where many of the schools have been closed. Both Firm Foundation locations are approximately 15 minutes from SLU's campus.
Kingdom House
You can serve as a family center volunteer at Kingdom House. Kingdom House provides a safe educational setting for children and youth while their parents/guardians attend programming on financial literacy, health and wellness, adult education and literacy. Volunteers are needed to play games, read aloud, help with homework and interact with children ages six weeks to 12 years old. Kingdom House is funded by the United Way and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Kingdom House is approximately 15 minutes from SLU's campus.
La Salle Middle School
La Salle Middle School, a Nativity Miguel school, is located in the Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis. Volunteers at La Salle Middle School work with fifth through eighth-grade students as tutors. The school is located approximately 10 minutes from SLU's campus. 
Lewis Place After-School Program
As a volunteer in the Lewis Place neighborhood, you will tutor/mentor children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Housing Authority has provided a community room in the neighborhood for those serving children and trying to restore a sense of community. They have several programs for children, including an after-school program where they focus on literacy and a youth program that focuses on community, leadership and sports.  
Missionaries of Charity After-School Program
Located in a north St. Louis neighborhood, the Sisters provide after-school care, a soup kitchen, a women's shelter and more for the community. As a volunteer, you will help with the after-school program. The children, ages 4-12, get a safe space to play, tutoring, snacks, prayer, guidance and dinner. 
St. Cecilia's School
You will tutor middle school and high school students as a volunteer at St. Cecilia's School and Academy, a Nativity Miguel school serving the Latino community and a diverse population of students from kindergarten to eighth grade. St. Cecilia graduates enrolled in high school can also return to St. Cecilia 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 campus. 
St. Elizabeth Adult Day Care
You will spend quality time with elderly and disabled adults as a volunteer in the safe and caring environment of St. Elizabeth Adult Day Care. St. Elizabeth's is approximately five minutes from SLU's campus.
Youth Learning Center - The Biome
You will tutor and serve as an academic coach for kindergarten through second grades as a volunteer at the Biome, an academic center. The center focuses on math, science, technology, writing and engineering, but provides academic support in any area in which a child needs help. The Biome is approximately five minutes from SLU's campus. 

Group Service Projects

Throughout the academic year, Micah students have the option to volunteer in large groups at annual events, including:

  • September: Alongside members of New City Fellowship (affiliated with Firm Foundations Tutoring above), Micah students help renovate neighborhoods in distress. 
  • October: Micah students throw a Halloween party for 250 children from the Shaw neighborhood and Adams Elementary. This event also serves as the Micah Make a Difference Day event.
  • February:  The Micah program's Dollars for Diapers drive  provides diapers for Caroline Mission Childcare and Cornerstone Early Learning Center.
  • April: Helping with Operation Brightside and Showers of Service, Micah students work alongside residents of the historic Shaw and Lewis Place inner city neighborhoods to help beautify their streets and to prepare community gardens for the growing season.