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 […]

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 […]