The right summer job can give teens a sense of purpose, build their resumes and set them on the path to financial independence. Two local organizations recently announced initiatives that will help St. Louis teens land that perfect job.
STL Youth Jobs Youth ages 16 to 23 living in the St. Louis neighborhoods of Baden, Mark Twain, O'Fallon, Penrose, Walnut Park East, Walnut Park West, Tower Grove East, Dutchtown, Gravois Park or Bevo-Mill can qualify for youth jobs through STL Youth Jobs.
"Providing summer jobs to young people who live in high crime, high poverty neighborhoods is one of the top priorities of my Regional Youth Violence Prevention Task Force," said St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. "Giving kids a summer job reduces crime, increases academic success, and makes it more likely that they will get a second job. Rewarding that work with a paycheck teaches teenagers and young adults the value of discipline, sacrifice, respect and teamwork."
It costs $2,000 to fund one youth employee's job, according to a press release from Mayor Slay. The mayor has put $100,000 into the city budget for the program and has allocated another $100,000 from the city's Public Safety Trust Fund. That investment will allow 100 at-risk teens and young adults to gain employment, but the goal is to provide 300 job opportunities this summer.
"An investment in our youth is an investment in our future," said Bridget Flood, Incarnate Word Foundation executive director. The foundation manages the STL Youth Jobs initiative, which is calling on local businesses to support the program by providing job locations and financial contributions.
Employers can learn more about providing jobs, and young people can apply for jobs by visiting stlyouthjobs.org.
Missouri State Parks Youth Corps The State of Missouri also announced that it is expanding the popular State Parks Youth Corps to include 100 paid positions at St. Louis City Parks.
"Partnering with St. Louis gives young people real-world job experience in the outdoors and helps improve the area's public parks so even more Missourians can enjoy nature," said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks. "Over the past several years, State Parks Youth Corps participants have made huge contributions to our parks and historic sites throughout the state, and this year, the St. Louis community will be able to reap those benefits, too."
State Parks Youth Corps provides Missouri youth with the opportunity to work outdoors improving Missouri's parks and historic sites. The corps employs eligible Missourians between the ages of 17 and 23 at parks, historic sites and natural areas across Missouri, from May 1 through Dec. 31. Applications for the program are now being accepted online at thinkoutside.mo.gov.