09 May Civic Progress donates more than $600,000 to programs
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.”