Civic Progress donated $614,000 to programs working mainly in the North St. Louis community to improve lives, the organization’s leaders announced at a press conference held today at the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’ north office.
“These organizations typify the commitment and vision our community needs to advance the priorities identified by the Ferguson Commission to drive economic growth and collaboration in the St. Louis region and make a tangible difference in people’s lives,” said George Paz, president of Civic Progress and chairman of Express Scripts.
Civic Progress is an organization of top executives from the largest companies in the St. Louis area. The donations are part of its larger commitment to investing $2 million over the next four years in organizations that are working on recommendations from the Ferguson Commission’s Forward Through Ferguson report.
STL Youth Jobs received $100,000 to fund employment for 40 at-risk youth this summer.
“As youth unemployment is higher than any other working-age group, this lack of connectedness to employment has dire consequences for our region’s young people and our economy,” said Hillary Frey, executive director of STL Youth Jobs. “It is critical that the business community play a leading role in the investment of our future workforce.”
Civic Progress, an organization of top executives from the region’s largest companies made donations totaling $614,000 to four community programs aimed at improving economic opportunities for St. Louis-area youth, particularly in North County.
Civic Progress said the donations are part of its commitment to give $2 million over the next four years, and it will be investing in organizations working on recommendations from the Ferguson Commission’s Forward Through Ferguson report.
Civic Progress St. Louis made a donation Monday to organizations that are working to make the quality of life better in North St. Louis County.
Civic Progress donated more than $500,000 to the Urban League, Better Family Life, and STL Youth Jobs. All three groups received $100,000. A donation was also made to UMSL and both the Ferguson-Florissant and Riverview Gardens School Districts.
“You can’t succeed if one portion of the community is moving forward and one portion is moving behind. It won’t work. I think all of us recognize that. Today is a recognition of helping folks that have more challenges perhaps than others in their lives,” said Civic Progress Executive Director Tom Irwin.
Civic Progress is made up of CEOs from Missouri’s 35 largest companies. It has pledged to donate more than $2 million in the coming years towards improvements in North County.