STL Youth Jobs

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STL Youth Jobs is a civic collaboration providing meaningful employment opportunities for at-risk youth in St. Louis, MO.

On one hand, we have a growing number of disengaged youth in our city with an unemployment rate higher than any other working group. On the other hand, we have employers ready to hire but they lack access to quality skilled workers.

STL Youth Jobs bridges this divide by training our youth to be ready for the jobs of tomorrow through individualized career assessment, financial literacy and job readiness training, employment experience and continuing career support.

Research proves that youth employment programs are one of the most effective ways to transform youth outcomes – benefiting our economy and targeted communities across St. Louis.

Our jobs programs are designed to create transformative employment opportunities for youth, while giving them the training and support they need to become the workforce of the future.

Below are the names and positions where you may see current participants around campus.


• Diamond Clark (Stagehand)
• Malik McKenzie (Stagehand)
• Cory Patterson (Custodian: Recreation + Wellness Center)
• Jarvis Reese (Custodian: Recreation + Wellness Center)
• Zakee King-Lee (Groundskeeper)