I participated in the City Faces Meet St. Louis program because I am very interested in learning about urban studies and I wanted to explore outside of the Wash U bubble. I couldn’t imagine how impactful it was to spend just a few hours in Clinton Peabody. It was extremely eye opening to see how we could go to a university just a few miles from a community dealing with a complete lack of nutritious food. Their only source of food within a mile is a gas station convenience store no larger than an average Wash U dorm room. During the program, we painted a mural for the community garden with many of the kids. While we painted the mural, we talked about our favorite classes, sports, and music. It was a great way to connect with the kids and really learn about their lives. These kids are unbelievably intelligent and extremely caring towards each other and us. The mural was beautifully composed and served as both an excellent canvas for art and conversation. After participating in the program, I joined City Faces as a mentor and just picked my mentee, Taveon! I can’t wait to see where this relationship goes!
Special shoutout to the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement for giving us the opportunity to participate in Meet St. Louis! You can find out more about service opportunities in St. Louis at their website.
Noah Truwit, Mentor