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Our programming provides dynamic, powerful experiences that will help you understand how to align civic and community engagement with your own passions and skills, now and in the future.

We offer advising, skill development, and connection for civic and community engagement on campus and beyond. Visit us during Drop-In Hours if you have specific questions on everything from aligning service and engagement to your interests, to implementing a service project, to partnering with an area nonprofit.

Visit Our Programs to learn about the many ways you can make an impact. Here are just some examples:

  • Each One Teach One is the signature tutoring initiative at WashU, providing you with a high-quality tutoring experience, while offering St. Louis students helping hands and mentors throughout their K-12 years.
  • Civic Engagement Fund: With financial support and counsel on responsible engagement, the Fund enables you to turn your vision into action through service projects and community engagement events.
  • Civic Scholars Program: A two-year program that enables you to pursue hands-on learning through a civic project of their own design, Civic Scholars are prepared for significant future leadership in public service.
  • Goldman Fellows: Receive a stipend to work for a local nonprofit, community or governmental organization, and spend the summer in St. Louis with other undergraduates who care about the St. Louis community.

  • Community Engaged Courses: Apply what you learn in class to serve a genuine community need. Washington University offers nearly 75 courses that offer a community-based learning component.
  • Just Do It Civic Skills Class: Learn the nuts and bolts of advocacy and civic life with these 1-credit courses taught by a leading St. Louis civic leader.

  • St. Louis Up Close: Connect with the in St. Louis part of your Washington University experience through dialogue with speakers from nonprofits, local government, and faculty about issues important to St. Louis.
  • Sponsored events: The Gephardt Institute works with many partners on campus, such as the Career Center, the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, the Institute of Public Health, and more, to sponsor speakers and lecture series. View the Events page for more information.

  • Voter Registration: Exercise your right to vote! The Gephardt Institute organizes on-campus voter registration drives.
  • Just Do It Civic Skills Class: Learn the nuts and bolts of advocacy and civic life with these 1-credit courses taught by a leading St. Louis civic figure.

Project Funding Opportunities: Gephardt and our campus partners offer a number of ways to receive funding for your community engagement, including:


Other sources:

Youth Bridge Social Enterprise Innovation Competition: Administered by the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Washington University, a $5000 cash prize goes to student-run innovative approaches to social problems.

Women’s Society of Washington University awards five to 10 grants from $300 to $2,000 each fall based on a project’s educational, cultural, and community outreach effort that enhances the experiences and quality of life for members of the Washington University community.

Steven J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships: This scholarship recognizes and rewards students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. Recipients receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice.

GreenWorks! Grant: Sponsored by the Public Learning Tree, this grant offers $1,000 for service-learning projects that improve schools or restore natural habitats.

TRUE Hero: This organization will award money for community service project expenses to qualified high school, colleges and community organizations.

Youth Service American (YSA) Grants: This organization aims to engage and educate youth in order to change the world. Available to children, teens, educators, or adult champions, YSA Grants can fund your service and service-learning projects year-round.

Monsanto Grow St. Louis Contest: Monsanto is working with local non-profit organizations to help grow St. Louis. Local projects are nominated and then voted on by the public, with the top five vote-getters receiving $20,000 grants from Monsanto.

Generous U: Student groups are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman Prize and the Generous U title. The competition is judged based on cover letters and YouTube videos.

Greater University Service Foundation: GUSF awards grants to exceptional individuals in their pursuit of extraordinary small projects and research in the St. Louis region.

Opal Apple Grant: The Opal® Apple Youth Make a Difference Initiative awards funding to youth-led initiatives serving communities in the U.S. where youth take leadership roles in a project related to food security, nutrition, agriculture, or education.

Pabst Community Impact Grant: Artists across all disciplines may be nominated for their current work and impact on community needs like wellness, environment, or education. Grants will be awarded for at least $10,000 and, in some instances, will continue over a three-year period to ensure
project success.

Find a Nonprofit: The Gephardt Institute has partnered with the United Way of Greater St. Louis to bring you the most up to date opportunities with the non-profit, community, and government agencies in the St. Louis community that offer service opportunities. Please note you will need to create a login and password to sign up.

Questions? Contact the Gephardt Institute.