Service and the City for First-Year Students

Friday, August 23, 2013

Now in its seventh year, Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP) brings first-year students to campus four days earlier than their classmates for an optional pre-orientation experience. This year, 110 participants, along with 22 student leaders, are engaging in community service in the morning, where they are introduced to the transformative Ignatian value of service to those at the margin. During the afternoon, they are introduced to Philadelphia — its history, culture and neighborhoods — when they visit a variety of cultural institutions, guided by SJU faculty members.

Urban Tree Connection (UTC) is a nonprofit organization that engages some of Philadelphia’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods in community-based, urban greening projects. Megan Frye (left), Raheem White (center) and Isaac Schiller, all members of the Class of 2017, worked at a community garden in South Philadelphia affiliated with UTC. 

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