Announcing 2017-2018 St. Louis Urban Fellows

Congratulations to Mason Herleth and Jacob Metz, the 2017-18 St. Louis Urban Fellows. The St. Louis Urban Fellows Program is a signature initiative of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement that supports recent college graduates with a passion for public service. Mason and Jacob will work full-time in St. Louis City Hall on substantive […]

Students Reflect on Urban Immersion Experiences in St. Louis

Over spring break, fourteen Washington University students chose to stay in the St. Louis area and participate in Urban Immersion, an intensive five-day service trip exploring poverty, socioeconomic disparity, community relationships, neighborhood culture, and St. Louis history. In collaboration with Gephardt Institute staff and community partners, participants engaged in one of two trip options; one […]

Intern with the City Treasurer’s Office (Chicago, IL)

The City Treasurer’s Office in Chicago is currently seeking students focused on public policy, economics, and/or finance with an interest in urban issues and strong writing, research, and communication skills to assist staff with the design and implementation of projects outlined in the City Treasurer’s 90-Day Plan Impact Report. Responsibilities may also include drafting public policy reports, […]

East of the Arch: From Past to Present

What have you heard about East St. Louis and who did you hear it from? Have you thought about the people and families that have lived in ESTL for generations? Partners in East St. Louis presents “East of the Arch: From Past to Present,” a panel and multi-media showcase that will explore the past and […]

Volunteer at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival

There are many individual and group volunteer opportunities at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival occurring April 22 and 23 in Forest Park. Volunteers will receive a Earth Day t-shirt, a special volunteer meal, and an invitation to a post-festival party in May.  Volunteers must register by Friday, March 31. Check out the opportunities here.

Apply to be a Camp Counselor with Annie’s Hope

Annie’s Hope hosts two overnight camps (Camp Courage and Camp Erin) for grieving children and teens and is currently seeking counselors that represent a vast selection of backgrounds, including social work, nursing, education, counseling, child life therapy, outdoor education, physical education, and business. Staff are looking for an energetic, kid-loving group of people over the age of 18 to […]

A Conversation on the State of Immigration

Join FOCUS St. Louis, the International Institute of St. Louis, and St. Louis Mosaic Project on Tuesday, April 11, 7:30-9 a.m. at the World Trade Center of St. Louis for an opportunity to discuss the current climate surrounding immigration issues, laws, and news, with insights provided by legal experts in the field. This forum is free to […]

Upcoming Women’s History Month Forum: The Status of Women and Girls in Our Region

Join FOCUS St. Louis, the Women’s Foundation of St. Louis, and Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri on Friday, March 31, from 7:30-9 a.m. at United Way for a Women’s History Month discussion exploring the status of women and girls in our region, including recent research and a Q&A. This event is free to attend, but […]

Rise Up: Civic Scholar Alumnus Focuses on a More Equitable St. Louis

2016 Civic Scholar Carrick Reddin shares his reflections on the role of mentorship and community while at WashU and now as a citizen of St. Louis.  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”                               […]

St. Louis Story Stitchers Puts on: Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization engaged in urban storytelling. WHAT: The Collective commissioned St. Louis playwright and Story Stitchers artist in residence Lauron Thompson to write and direct the Saint Louis Story Stitchers first play, Not Another One! A Play 4 Peace. The play features original hip hop music by Story Stitchers […]

Issues Forum: Hunger and Food Deserts in St. Louis

One in every 6 individuals lives in poverty and struggles with hunger in the greater St. Louis region. Join FOCUS St. Louis for a panel and policy discussion on Thursday, February 9 at Operation Food Search.  The panel will discuss hunger in our region, its impact and how it can be addressed, including ways to […]

Tutor with GIA Community Development Corporation

GIA Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit outreach center located in the City of St. Louis that administers programs to assist low income residents.  They are currently looking for tutors for their Rising Star Readers program, which partners with Farragut Elementary to help students reading below level to reach their potential.  The program occurs Monday […]

Attend the Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice Symposium

The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies is organizing the Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice Symposium: From Standing Rock to St. Louis. Speakers will include tribal leaders, social workers, geologists, policymakers, lawyers, anthropologists, archaeologists and others. The keynote speaker will be Harold Frazier, Tribal Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. This event […]

Volunteer as a Science Fair Judge for Gateway Science Academy

Gateway Science Academy is seeking a diverse set of volunteers to act as science fair judges on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Participating projects will come from students in grades 5-12 who have been working hard and are excited to explain their results and conclusions. Gateway Science Academy is looking to expose students to the wide […]

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective: Contribute to Community Video Sketchbook

St. Louis Story Stitchers works to document St. Louis through art and word to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy. Story Stitchers is creating its third community video sketchbook, a collection of original works of art and videos that reflect on the project theme, Perception Isn’t Always Reality. The Sketchbook will give a glimpse into the lives of […]

College Advising Corps Full-Time Job Applications Open

About the Corps The Washington University College Advising Corps (WUSTL CAC) is part of the national College Advising Corps which works to increase the number of first-generation college going, low-income, and/or underrepresented students who apply, enter, and complete college. WUSTL CAC employs and trains recent graduates to serve as college advisers to support students in […]

Volunteer at Medi-Plex Healthcare Professional’s Hospice Outreach Program

Be a friend to a patient suffering with advanced or terminal illnesses at Medi-Plex Healthcare Professionals in St. Louis County. Medi-Plex Healthcare Professionals is currently accepting applications for day and evening volunteers to sit with patients throughout the week. Interested volunteers should set up an interview with Chaplain Ed Coleman by contacting him at or at (314) 319-6072.

Funding Available for Innovative St. Louis Projects

The Greater University Service Foundation awards small grants to visionary individuals who pursue community engagement projects serving the St. Louis region. Grants range from $1 to $1,000 and recipients may be writers, scientists, activists, artists, social scientists, humanists, entrepreneurs, and more. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and projects can take place in 2016 or 2017. Submit […]

Apply for the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis – Katherine Dunham Internship

The Regional Arts Commission of St Louis (RAC) is now accepting applications for the Katherine Dunham Internship during the 2017 spring semester (January – May). The Katherine Dunham Internship is a 16-week learning opportunity designed to prepare students who have been historically under-represented in the field of arts administration for careers in the nonprofit arts […]

Help Out at the 2016 EarthDance Farmers Formal Event

EarthDance Organic Farm School is a 14-acre working organic farm and nonprofit in Ferguson that sustainably grows food, farmers, and community. Volunteers are needed at the EarthDance Farmer Formal to assist with silent & live auctions, work with chefs, and help guests enjoy the evening. The Farmer Formal will take place on Friday, October 14, from 4:00 p.m. – […]

Apply for Grants with Student United Way of Greater St. Louis

Student United Way offers any student or student group the opportunity to apply for $1,000 to provide financial support for student-led community service projects within the greater St. Louis region. Local college students can apply for the grant in collaboration with service organizations including, but not limited to: student clubs, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and religious groups. Interested students must […]

Volunteer for the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Half Marathon

The 2016 St. Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 16. Volunteers at the individual and group level are needed to help throughout the weekend. Volunteering for the Race Crew means not only supporting over 10,000 participants, but also supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital – Missouri Connection. Donations are available […]

Become a Student Mentor with Beyond School

Beyond School prepares students for high school by providing the social, emotional, and academic tools needed to be successful while in high school and beyond. Volunteers will work with students on academic support, enrichment activities, and community service. Beyond School operates at two locations: St. Louis Language Immersion School-The Spanish School and St. Louis College Prep. Email Kayla Colona […]

ArchCity Defenders is Looking for Administrative and Street Beautification Volunteers

ArchCity Defenders (ACD) provides holistic legal advocacy to the poor and homeless. ACD fights the criminalization of poverty and protects civil and human rights through impact litigation, direct services, and policy and media advocacy. ACD is looking for Street Beautification Volunteers, a Data Entry Specialist, as well as a Director of First Impressions to assist with various aspects […]

6th Annual IDSA – St. Louis Chapter Student Design Competition

IDSA-STL, partnered with the Saint Louis Science Center, challenges teams of students to use design thinking methods and evaluate urban farming to propose an innovative solution for facilitating food security into urban populations. This competition is open to all students enrolled in a post-secondary institution within the IDSA Midwest District. Teams must consist of a least 2 […]

Call for Volunteers: Education Exchange Corps’ Summer Leadership Academy for Kids

Help kids learn how to run the world: The Education Exchange Corps’ Summer Leadership Academy for kids will take place in St. Louis from July 11 – July 29, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m on weekdays. During the Summer Leadership Academy, kids K-12 play a world simulation game, with each country run by different grade […]

Volunteer at Central Institute of the Deaf Gala

The Central Institute for the Deaf is looking for volunteers to help with setting up for the annual CID OUT LOUD! gala on Saturday, May 7. Set-up will take place during the day of the event at The Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis. There will be two shifts: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. […]

Join Cycle St. Louis: Cycling of All Ages and Abilities

Cycle St. Louis is a group of nonprofit organizations and individuals who come together to create cycling opportunities for children and adults of all abilities in the St. Louis Metro area. Join Cycle St. Louis for a fun morning on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Grant’s Farm (10501 Gravois Road, St. Louis). This […]

Paid Summer Internship Opportunity at Open Space Council in St. Louis

The Open Space Council is offering a paid intern position for this summer. The intern will assist with the implementation of Open Space Council programs and projects with an emphasis on Operation Clean Stream and helping with an online silent auction. Candidates should possess a strong interest in the nonprofit sector and land/water conservation. The internship is June […]

Apply for Jewish Community Relations Council Poverty Intern

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of St. Louis is looking for applicants for the position of Poverty Intern in fall 2016 to engage in anti-hunger and anti-poverty activism in the St. Louis community. The intern will work approximately 10 hours per week from early September through mid-December (with breaks for final exam periods and […]

Volunteer at Annie’s Hope Summer Camp in St. Louis

Annie’s Hope: The Bereavement Center for Kids hosts two week-long overnight camps in St. Louis (Camp Courage and Camp Erin) for grieving children and teens. Annie’s Hope is looking for volunteers over the age of 18 to be cabin counselors, arts and crafts coordinators, and helping hands to assist with various tasks at the camps. […]

In the News: Fail Better: Kierstan Carter


A new series titled “Fail Better” showcases Washington University faculty, staff and students who have failed big, sometimes in very public, humiliating ways. And yet, their so-called failure has brought surprising rewards. The latest interview in the series profiles Gephardt Institute Civic Scholar Kierstan Carter, who wanted to change St. Louis by connecting high school students with […]

Apply to AAFA-STL Rising Leaders Program

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter (AAFA-STL) is seeking qualified individuals from the St. Louis area to be a part of its Rising Leaders program. The program is for young professionals who are passionate about health care initiatives, interested in making an impact in the St. Louis asthma and allergy community, and […]

Apply for Arch Grants to Further St. Louis Development

Arch Grants is a nonprofit organization that accelerates economic development and community revitalization by providing $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services to entrepreneurs who locate their early-stage businesses in St. Louis. Through its rigorously competitive Global Startup Competition, Arch Grants retains and attracts the most innovative entrepreneurs to the St. Louis region. This […]

Volunteer to Help with Missouri Flood Relief

All Hands Volunteers, a disaster relief non-profit organization, is looking for volunteers to help the hundreds of St. Louis families whose homes were damaged by the flood waters. This disaster relief will occur every Tuesday through Sunday until March 15. Meet at the United Methodist Church in Eureka at 8:00 a.m. and work until 4:00 p.m. Tools, safety […]

Join American Red Cross in Smoke Alarm Installation Event

The American Red Cross needs volunteers to help with their Smoke Alarm Installation Event. The Red Cross is projected to install over 500 free smoke alarms in homes across St. Louis in one weekend in order to reduce the number of fire-related fatalities and injuries. This event will take place on Saturday, October 31st and Sunday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 […]