SG901: Connecting to our citizenship and city
In 2016, St. George’s entered into an exclusive partnership with Serve901 to support service learning and community engagement. While the partnership is multi-faceted, the most visible aspect of the relationship is newly renovated shared space at 815 N. McLean Blvd. in the Vollintine/Evergreen neighborhood of midtown Memphis. Nicknamed the “St. George’s/Serve901 Bunkhouse,” the facility includes bunks for more than 100 people, as well as common areas. The space will facilitate deeper and expanded opportunities for service learning for both the Serve901 program and St. George’s. In addition, St. George’s will be able to use the facility for other purposes including alumni events, meetings, and class, team, or co-curricular retreats.
Equally significant, the Serve901 affiliation will include a four-year programming partnership in which Serve901 will collaborate with SGIS faculty and students to create outstanding learning experiences, from summer camps to “deep dive” leadership opportunities for middle and upper school students.
The partnership between St. George's and Serve901, Choose901, and its umbrella organization, City Leadership, is a manifestation of our desire to serve our students by showing them how they might serve our city. Like many colleges and universities, we believe that the academic experience is augmented when students are deeply and authentically engaged, when they are given chances to make meaningful contributions now, rather than waiting until adulthood.