Students at Mount St. Joseph University spend their summers doing a variety of different activities. Some have internships, some work on campus and some give back to the community.
Students who are part of the Summer Employment program work to give back to their community.
Emily Geiger is one such student.
Geiger is a senior at the Mount from Colerain Township studying middle childhood education, and spent her summer working at Community Matters/Education Matters, formerly the Lower Price Hill Community School. She tutors adult students who are learning English as a second language.
“I love working with the adult ESL students,” she said. “I love helping others learn because it makes me feel like I am doing something worthwhile.”
The Summer Employment Program matches Mount students with an organization to work a summer job based on the needs of the organization and the financial needs of the student. The SC Ministry Foundation funds the students’ salaries; the non-profit organizations chosen to benefit from the program are local grantees of the SC Ministry Foundation.
“The Summer Employment Program is an excellent opportunity for students to get practical experience for possible future careers, and also to earn some money over the summer,” said Peggy Smith, coordinator of the Summer Employment Program at the Mount. “It also impresses on the students the importance of giving back to their communities, in the spirit of the mission of the Mount.”
James Ciolino is another Mount student who gave back to the community through the Summer Employment Program.
Ciolino, a senior general studies major, also spent his summer working at Community Matters/Education Matters. He worked to help plan activities and events for the Lower Price Hill community.
“I enjoy planning events and helping communities,” he said. “It also helping me get a better sense of the cultural influences in Cincinnati.”
The Summer Employment Program also gives students an opportunity to give back in an area that may have helped them earlier in their lives.
Antonio Banks worked with the Peaslee Neighborhood Center in Over-the-Rhine because he had a great experience being part of a community center when he was younger.
“It was a perfect fit,” said Banks, a senior sport management major from Middletown and member of the football team. “The best part is seeing how excited the kids get when I walk in the room, and just knowing that I’ve touched their lives somehow.”
The Peaslee Neighborhood Center is a community center in Over-the-Rhine that focuses on community programs and early childhood development.
The Summer Employment Program has a positive impact on everyone involved, from the students who work with the program to the lives they touch.
“It really helped me get out of my comfort zone,” Geiger said. “It turned out to be very rewarding.”
Mount St. Joseph University is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic university that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.