City of St. Louis Announces Summer Youth Activities and Job Opportunities

Summer youth programs and youth job opportunities keep young people across the City engaged in safe and supportive environments throughout the summer.

June 3, 2024 | 2 min reading time

Today, the City of St. Louis announced its summer youth programs and youth job opportunities to keep young people across the City engaged in safe and supportive environments throughout the summer.

“Parents, grandparents, and guardians know firsthand how stressful it can be to find free, fun, safe, and educational opportunities for their babies during the summer,” said Mayor Tishaura O. Jones. “That’s why it’s so important that we have so many  great opportunities available to children and teenagers in the summer months, and we want to make sure it’s easy to get information about these resources.”

The City’s Recreation Division offers youth programs that include learning to swim, dance programs, sports such as basketball, baseball, softball and soccer, and other fun activities like chess club and movie and game nights.

For youths ages 13 and up, the City in partnership with the St. Louis Area Violence Prevention Commission is expanding hours and programming at the Tandy and Cherokee recreation centers on Fridays and Saturdays between June 14 and August. 24, keeping the rec centers open from 8 p.m. to midnight.

The summer outdoor pool season began on May 25, and the Chambers, Fairground, and Marquette pools are now open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m. An adult must accompany children 13 and under. Youths aged 15 or older looking for a summer job are invited to apply for lifeguard positions.

Even more summer employment opportunities can be found through the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment’s (SLATE) Summer Youth Employment Program. The program provides paid summer employment for City residents ages 14–24. Participants work in various clerical and assistant roles with government agencies, libraries, community organizations, for-profits, and nonprofits.

Also this summer, the City’s Office of Violence Prevention will continue its monthly community Kickback events, which feature music, food, vendors and community partners who address conflict resolution and violence de-escalation. OVP also provides secure storage information and gun locks at the Kickback events, which take place on the third Saturday of every month. The next two events will be June 15 and July 20 from 2-6 p.m. at Barrett Brothers Park and 4731 Virginia Ave., respectively. 

The City also wants to highlight the wonderful opportunities for youths ages 0 to 17 to keep their bodies and minds fit this summer through the reading and exploration programs offered by the St. Louis Public Library and St. Louis County Public Library. Go on an adventure with a variety of activities focused on STEM, art, the outdoors, St. Louis, and reading, and receive a free book upon registration!

To learn more about summer youth activities and employment in St. Louis, visit the Summer Activities for Youth and Families page or the @stlyouthcorner Linktree.

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