K-12 Connections connects the WU community with volunteer opportunities involving high-needs urban school districts in the St. Louis area, primarily through classroom field trips to WU for enrichment experiences and exposure to college life.
K-12 Connections is a partnership of the Community Service Office, the Institute for School Partnership, and the Department of Government and Community Relations.
Educators in St. Louis Area Schools
K-12 Connections is your link to campus. As a strong supporter of local schools, Washington University in St. Louis seeks partnerships with K-12 teachers and students. You can benefit from faculty who are passionate about their fields, college students who are excited to work with younger learners, world-class collections of art and artifacts, and nationally acclaimed performing artists. Explore how K-12 Connections can engage your students through campus experiences and school events. Start by submitting your request form.
Student Groups: Connect with K-12 Students
Whether your group is interested in
volunteering at a one-time special event at a local school or
establishing a more committed partnership with urban education
initiatives, K-12 Connections can help identify opportunities and assist
in communicating and planning with K-12 schools. K-12 Connections can
also work with you to provide your group with specialized trainings or
educational seminars according to your interests and needs.
If you would like to discuss your group’s interests and plans, please email us so we can set up a time to meet.
Students: Stay Informed about K-12 Opportunities!
Sign up for the Community Service Office's newsletter
to stay informed about one-time and short-term volunteer opportunities
to assist with K-12 field trips to WU as well as special events at K-12
schools . If you would like to discuss opportunities to get more
involved in and learn about urban education in St. Louis, please email Delia Shen, our K-12 Connections Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
K-12 Connections also coordinates the annual 6-week AP Prep program in partnership with Gateway STEM High School, which occurs during spring semester prior to spring break. Applications are due January 21, 2014 .
Protocols & Procedures for Bringing Youth to Campus
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing opportunities for young people within the St. Louis community to visit the university's campus for educational programs and special events. To ensure the safety and well-being of both our young guests and the university community, all members of the WUSTL community should adhere to protocols and procedures when developing plans to bring young people to campus.
Additional Opportunities to Impact Urban Education
If you're interested in making a weekly commitment to tutoring or mentoring students at any level, consider signing up for WU’s signature tutoring initiative, Each One Teach One, which operates six days per week and provides transportation. Both K-12 Connections and Each One Teach One are coordinated by the Community Service Office to serve K-12 students in urban education settings. Volunteers in K-12 Connections make periodic, short-term commitments based on their interests and schedules, whereas Each One Teach One volunteers make a weekly commitment for at least one semester. If you desire, you may participate in both!
To find additional programs dedicated to youth education and mentoring, you can search our database of student-run community service groups and St. Louis nonprofit agencies.