STL Youth Jobs Initiative

The idea for the STL Youth Jobs initiative was born out of the Regional Task Force on Youth Violence Prevention. The pilot program reached out to youth ages 16-23 from high-risk neighborhoods in the City of St. Louis.


STL Youth Jobs engages young adults in meaningful employment to reduce crime, increase academic success and build the skills needed to build a lasting career. Since 2013, STL Youth Jobs has provided nearly 1,400 youth with paid work experience, job readiness and financial literacy training, career and mentoring services.  


STL Youth Jobs is a cross-sector collaboration made up of a diverse group of civic, corporate and community stakeholders. STL Youth Jobs strives to bridge the divide between the challenges facing our region’s youth and the growing demands of our local workforce. STL Youth Jobs utilizes its strategic partnerships to leverage resources and support, which allows for more St. Louis youth to be connected to meaningful summer work experiences. 

Collaborative and Strategic Partners

  • Mayor Francis Slay,
  • The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE)
  • Comptroller Darlene Green
  • Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones, 
  • The Incarnate Word Foundation
  • The St. Louis Community Foundation 
  • MERS Goodwill.

1,400 Youth with paid work experience, job readiness and financial literacy

News and Announcements

STL Youth Jobs is 'What’s Right With the Region!'
STL Youth Jobs is one of 20 organizations receiving this award, presented at the Sheldon Concert Hall this evening

STL Youth Jobs Receives $310,000 from Citi Foundation
Funds Expand Summer Jobs and Financial Literacy

Stl Youth Jobs Summer Employment Program Kicks Off With Job Fair for Youth
Stl Youth Jobs, a youth employment program reaching nearly 1,500 young adults, will kick off its 2015 summer program with a job fair.

Stl Youth Jobs Hires New Executive Director After Nearly Tripling Participation and Increasing Financial Literacy
Stl Youth Jobs, now in its third year, is putting 16-23 year olds to work in the City of St. Louis with the help of public and private investment.

Major Donation Puts Stl Youth Jobs Closer to Goal
JPMorgan Chase Foundation Announces Generous Gift

President Obama Names Stl Youth Jobs Participant “Champion of Change”
Named a “Champion of Change,” Haynes, a Carnahan High School of the Future senior, is one of only nine individuals and organizations to receive the award

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