First-Year Students Experience Service and the City with PSIP
Friday, August 22, 2014
Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP), now in its eighth year, brings first-year students to campus four days earlier than their classmates for an optional pre-orientation experience that introduces them to service in the Ignatian tradition and to the history and culture of Philadelphia. On August 19, 132 PSIP participants arrived at SJU, and the next morning, rolled up their sleeves and started work at multiple service sites, supervised by 22 students leaders. During the afternoon, participants were introduced to Philadelphia when they visited a variety of cultural institutions, including the Philadelphia Zoo, the Franklin Institute and the African American Museum, guided by SJU faculty members.
The students sorting donated clothing featured in the photo below volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides children living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive through a network of social service agencies and school partners.