Our Neighborhood Homework House
Our Neighborhood Homework House has a long-standing relationship with APU. The mission of Homework House is to establish and sustain neighborhood based learning centers in Azusa where at-risk children and their families are equipped to thrive academically, socially, and spiritually. The Homework House is located at Foothill Community Church and serves K-12th-grade students daily.
Jill’s House is the newest local ministry in the Center for Student Action. Jill’s House provides respite care for children with intellectual disabilities and their families in the greater Los Angeles area. The program works with boys and girls ages 6–17. This partnership allows our students a special opportunity to buddy with a specific child throughout a weekend, giving parents an opportunity to rest and be rejuvenated. Fall 2014 weekends are October 18–20, and November 15–17.
Open Door Soccer League (ODSL)
ODSL offers an incredible avenue for promoting relationships between Azusa youth and APU students through soccer development and cross-cultural reciprocal learning. Youth also learn important life lessons in teamwork through mentorship and coaching. (Participants do not need previous soccer experience.) ODSL practices take place on Thursdays and games are held Saturday mornings.
SEED (Students for Environmental Education and Discovery)
SEED focuses on issues of the environment in collaboration with the San Gabriel Mountain Regional Conservancy. Through support of educational classes at local elementary schools in the Azusa and Glendora Unified School Districts, participants promote the values of environmental stewardship, community living, and cooperation. SEED is a great way to get your hands dirty while encouraging elementary students toward creation care. Currently, students are working in the classrooms on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1–2:30 p.m.
The Challenger Division was established by Little League in 1989. It allows boys and girls with special needs and physical and mental challenges, who otherwise would not have an opportunity to participate, to play in a modified youth baseball game.
Door of Hope
At the Door of Hope, located in Pasadena, students have the opportunity to serve and build relationships with families who are transitioning out of homelessness. Through after-school tutoring, free babysitting, work projects at the facility, and other activities with those living at the Door of Hope, volunteers are challenged and encouraged in their life, faith, and concepts of love and justice. Door of Hope meets weekdays from 2:30–5 p.m.
This urban immersion provides an opportunity for students to embark on a four-day experiential learning trip in the heart of Los Angeles. Participants become acquainted with the social realities of diverse communities in L.A., while developing a biblical understanding of justice, compassion, reconciliation, and stewardship. Open to students of all backgrounds and interests, L.A. 101 challenges participants to think critically about issues that affect the disenfranchised while learning about their involvement or contribution to these problems. L.A. 101 endeavors to encourage a more comprehensive understanding of the world around us, and examine the implications of the privilege or disadvantage that social location provides. Fall 2014 weekends are October 24–27, and November 7–10 and 21–24.
Azusa Food Banks
The Azusa Food Bank provides quality meals for families and individuals in our surrounding community. Every week, students aid in providing a variety of services (i.e. child care, food distribution) at one of many food bank locations, partnering with members of the Azusa community in building relationships with those we serve. We have the privilege of partnering with Corey’s Kitchen on Monday nights and the Foothill Community Church Food Ministry on Saturday mornings.
Retirement Center Ministries
Elderly individuals are an often-ignored group within society, yet remain a population rich with wisdom and life experience. The Retirement Center Ministries provide a great place for APU students to build meaningful relationships. Participants share food, crafts, entertainment and most importantly a time of great conversation. Take the challenge to serve at one of two Retirement Centers on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and experience the joy of building relationships with these wonderful people.
The purpose of Japanese Outreach is to have each participant know more about Jesus Christ each week, through the words that are preached and the love shown through actions. Japanese Outreach meets on Friday evenings and is an opportunity to connect with a large number of Japanese students exchange students in the San Gabriel Valley, predominantly studying at Citrus College. Each week begins with a conversational English class, followed by a meal, a personal testimony, and a time of fellowship and fun.
Young Life doesn’t start with a program, it starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf, and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. APU students work in junior high and high schools in the Mt. Baldy and Greater Pasadena areas, reaching out to students, believing in the power of presence in kids lives. Young Life has a variety of service times, but local clubs often happen on Monday nights.
One-time Service Opportunities
In order to meet the growing demand of service opportunities from the student body, the Center for Student Action is working to develop various opportunities to serve randomly throughout the academic year, based on the expressed needs from the community. Students will have the chance to sign up for individual events based on their availability. This also enables community partners also have the chance to reach out to the center with their needs throughout the year, in addition to the City Links service days.