Xavier and high school students share service-learning opportunities

Summer Service Internship Program helps 19 Greater Cincinnati community agencies | June 18, 2004

For the past 11 years, Xavier University has paired up with local high schools to create a summer service internship program to give all students the opportunity to serve the Greater Cincinnati community. Their mission is to develop “people for others” who will continue to make service an integral part of their lives.

This year, 20 Xavier students and 16 high school students are working at 19 different agencies for 35 hours a week during a 10-week period this summer. Students work with refugees, local artists, the elderly, nature centers and the homeless, offering help in whatever way it is needed. Last year they logged nearly 10,000 hours of service.

“The summer service internship program is making a positive impact on the lives of our students and on the people in the agencies served by the program,” says University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “We greatly appreciate the support of our funders and look forward to continuing this service to our community in the future.”

The program is unique because it offers stipends, enabling students who may have chosen traditional summer jobs, to work in settings they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to work. For example, Xavier senior Megan Siehl and Wyoming High School student Madeline Marks are working at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, preparing for an art opening and working with students who attend the center’s free art classes.

Xavier senior Katie Mattingly and Roger Bacon High School student Katie Mellman are working at the Cincinnati Recreation Commission's division of therapeutic recreation, which sponsors summer camps for children with disabilities. And Xavier senior Bill Schwarz is working with Catholic Social Services and its refugee resettlement program.

The program is supported by the Besl Trust, the Manuel D. and Rhoda Mayerson Foundation, the John E. and Francie Pepper Foundation, the Charles H. Dater Foundation Inc., and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America Inc.