Mayor Slay to Visit STL Youth Jobs Worksite

HM Dunn Aerospace provides high-demand stem career experience to St. Louis youth.

July 11, 2016 | 2 min reading time

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Mayor Francis Slay will visit HM Dunn Aerospace to meet a sampling of STL Youth Jobs participants, learn about their successes in their summer jobs and to and to gain a better understanding of the challenges youth are facing in regards to obtaining summer employment.


Regional employers are in demand of a workforce that is equipped with the skills to shrink job market gaps, especially with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) expertise. In partnership with St. Louis employers, STL Youth Jobs is working to meet those demands by cultivating our future workforce by developing on-the-job work experiences, building skills, and providing mentorship support to St. Louis youth that will lead to long-term career opportunities within St. Louis's highest growth industries.

STL Youth Jobs, now in its fourth year of providing jobs to 16-24 year olds in some of the City's most challenged neighborhoods engages young adults in meaningful employment to reduce crime, increase academic success and build the skills needed to build a lasting career through paid work experience, job readiness training, and career and mentoring services.

  • STL Youth Jobs is providing nearly 500 jobs to underserved youth this summer and working with 115 employers from small businesses to large corporations, including Monsanto, SSM Health and Emerson.
  • 77% of last summer's participants report they would not have had a summer job without STL Youth Jobs.
  • More than 50% reported that STL Youth Jobs was their first job.
  • 94% of 2015 employers agreed to participate again this summer.

HM Dunn Aerospace, an engineering and manufacturing company has worked with STL Youth Jobs over the past three years and has provided summer job opportunities to eight young people during that time through STL Youth Jobs in departments such as engineering and shipping and receiving. Mayor Slay will meet HM Dunn's STL Youth Jobs employees, including Jarvis Jefferson Bey, who just completed his sophomore year at Southeast Missouri State University and is employed with HM Dunn Aerospace this summer in its engineering department.

Mayor Slay has once again committed nearly $300,000 of City resources to support youth employment in summer 2016.Governor Jay Nixon has also provided funding for an additional 500 jobs this summer. These investments, coupled with private donations, will allow more than 1,000 at-risk teenagers and young adults to gain employment across the City of St. Louis, which exceeds the Mayor's Sustainability Action Agenda goal and is a signature intervention strategy incorporated into the City's Prevention, Intervention, Enforcement, and Reentry (PIER) Plan.


Mayor Francis Slay

Chris Ross, General Manager, HM Dunn Aerospace

Jarvis Jefferson-Bey, STL Youth Jobs participant

Kalon Garrison, STL Youth Jobs participant

Joy Wynn, STL Youth Jobs participant

Hillary Frey, Executive Director, STL Youth Jobs


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

10 a.m.


HM Dunn Aerospace

1252 Vandeventer

St. Louis, MO 63110


Due to federal regulations related to the sensitive nature of the products produced by HM Dunn Aerospace, all attendees must be US Citizens or otherwise authorized to work in the United States. All attendees must wear close-toed shoes with low heels.

About HM Dunn Aerospace

HM Dunn Aerospace is an engineering and manufacturing company specializing in serving the business jet, commercial and military aerospace industry.HM Dunn is a leader in the global distribution of aircraft components, kits, assemblies and large monolithic part structures and specializes in working with the latest high-tech and exotic materials and produces complex machined systems. The company, whose headquarters is located in Euless, Texas also has plants in Wichita, Kansas and St. Louis, MO and employs 70 people in St. Louis and more than 500 people combined.

  • Department:
    Office of the Mayor
    St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment
  • Topic:
    Youth Employment

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