This week at Lausanne, tenth grade students have been busy as they volunteer at local non-profits in the Memphis area.
Part of The Lausanne Way is to prepare students for college and life in a global environment. As a part of that, sophomores are required to complete a community service internship at a nonprofit in Memphis. This encourages the students to get involved and make a difference in the community they live in.
“These internships are beneficial to our students because it allows them to see the bigger picture, how they fit into the world and how they can impact it,” said Rachel Hammons, Director of Lausanne 360. “It also gives students the opportunity to grow and develop outside of the classroom.”
The goal of the internship is to build relationships, connect with others and provide substantial service within the community.
For many former students, their inrernships created a relationship with the organizations that continued long after the week ended.
“At Lausanne, we have this huge ability to make a major difference in the city of Memphis, in the state of Tennessee, across the country and even a global impact, and that is why we open the door for service learning as often as we can,” Hammons said.
At the end of the week, sophomores reflect on the process within their advisories and discuss their experience.
“When students learn to listen to the needs of a community, they become outstanding citizens who give back and put others before themselves,” Head of Upper School Stuart Dunster said.
Below is a list of places our Lynx are interning at: