LGU students cultivate civic leadership throughout their time at La Salle University to address social justice issues in Philadelphia and abroad.
Students work with civic organizations across the Philadelphia area, but are also encouraged to create new programs that will leave a lasting positive social impact on their own communities, eventually expanding to regional, national, and international levels.
LGU students have also created and contributed to major community programs at La Salle.
A University-wide project, Exploring Nutrition works with the greater Philadelphia community to alleviate hunger by bringing volunteers, scholars, grocers, and organizations together.
For the last five years, the LGU capstone class, in partnership with other organizations at La Salle and in our neighborhood such as the Community Building Team, The Fresh Grocer, local businesses, the 35th Town Watch and Wagner Middle School raised nearly $21,000, and over 3,500 pounds of fresh produce a year. Click here to learn more about Exploring Nutrition’s development and mission.
Robert Vogel, Ed.D., founded Writers Matter in 2005 to provide inner-city middle schoolers a creative outlet to express themselves while improving their writing skills. The program launched at Wagner Middle School, and more than 11,000 students have participated in the program. Now in its 10th year, it’s recently expanded to include an after-school program at six local elementary schools. The program has also been launched internationally in Israel.
LGU students volunteer their time coaching middle school students through the program and empowering them to find their voices. Click here to learn more about Writers Matter and its mission.