SU Students Serve Seattle

2013-09-25

Seattle University students kick off the new school year this weekend, by cleaning up the community. A long time Welcome Week tradition, Serve Seattle gives students, faculty and staff an opportunity to work together for the common good while promoting SU’s mission of social justice and service. The volunteers will team up with Earthcorps to remove invasive plants and provide overall clean-up in areas within the neighborhoods surrounding campus.    

Three out of four SU undergraduate students serve the community through volunteer activities, internships and professional development. In all, students contribute 200,000 hours of volunteer service annually, with an economic value of nearly $4.3 million.     

U.S. News& World Report recently ranked SU as a national leader for service learning, defined as required (or for-credit) volunteer work in the community. Nationally, only 25 colleges and universities made the list, which highlights schools with outstanding examples of programs that education experts, including staff members of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, agree are key components for student success.     

A major focus of student service is the Seattle University Youth Initiative, a pipeline of support for the success of young people starting in pre-kindergarten and continuing through college. The initiative is committed to improving the academic achievement of low-income youth in the neighborhood just south of campus.    

WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 2013 
            9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (students will register inside Pigott Bldg., then depart campus)  

WHERE: Cheasty Greenspace, Beacon Hill http://greenseattle.org/our-parks/cheasty-greenspace
               Yesler Terrace neighborhood, 917 East Yesler Way  Seattle, WA 98122 
               (Call media contact for specifics)    

For more information on other Welcome Week activites: http://www.seattleu.edu/uploadedFiles/New_Student_and_Family_Programs/Content/Welcome_Week/welcome%20week%20schedule%202013.pdf