COVID19 - STL Youth Jobs
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A Note About COVID-19

First, we want to acknowledge that this is a very difficult time for all. We hope you are ok and reaching out to support systems if needed. See our notes below on “Additional Support & Resources.”

STL Youth Jobs is practicing sheltering-in-place for the health of our clients, loved ones, neighbors, and our community. We urge you to do the same and follow CDC guidelines.

Sheltering-in-place or the “Stay at Home” order includes being socially distant and 6 feet away from individuals you do not live with. The exceptions for leaving your house include working at an essential business, going to healthcare settings, grocery stores, gas stations, and picking up carryout from restaurants. See more details here.

STL Youth Jobs continues to strive to provide the best services we can during this challenging time. Plans for summer jobs programming still remain, with a few date adjustments listed below as circumstances continue to evolve.

Additional Support & Resources

If you are a youth needing additional support during this time, please reach out to us. Your health and safety are our number one priority and we are here for support beyond a summer job. Please call Jerica Robinson at 314-499-8176 extension 2 or email

This document also provides continuously updated resources specific to supporting the St. Louis community during this difficult time with information regarding health, funding support, food, transportation, internet access, rent, domestic violence, and more.

Counseling support is available via phone. Click to see who is providing Telehealth Resources.

STL Response is a new dashboard that organizes the many powerful resource guides, news updates, and social media feeds that people across the region created to support their neighbors.

Next Steps & Timeline

We don’t have the answers to everything yet. However, we want to encourage youth, ages 16-24, to still apply for a summer job, especially those that have more time available now. Note that youth must submit a new application each year. If a youth has already submitted an application for Summer 2020 AND received a confirmation email, check out next steps on what to expect here.

Summer 2020 Summer Work Experience Program (Youth Ages 16-24) – What We Know Now:

  • All interviews will happen either by phone or virtually so we can reduce face-to-face contact until further notice.
  • All in-person group trainings will be postponed until further notice.
  • Anticipated start-date for youth is sometime between June 15th-July 6th.
  • The program may be stipend or hourly based. The total hours originally advertised will be lowered due to COVID-19.
  • We will adjust this plan according to additional information we receive from government and school officials.
  • For information about the Career Accelerator Program (CAP) regarding program updates and a timeline, click here.

For Employer Partners of STL Youth Jobs

We want to recognize that many of your businesses are struggling to adapt during this incredibly difficult time and extend our whole-hearted support and well-wishes to you all as we acknowledge many of you are being forced to make some incredibly tough decisions. If there is anything that STL Youth Jobs can do to support you now and in the coming weeks and/or if your business has increased staffing needs right now and might benefit from connections to our youth participants, please let me know as soon as possible. We are continually grateful to our employer partners for the opportunities they provide to our youth over the summer and want to ensure we are being responsive to you all during this time of need as well.

Despite the necessary adjustments we are making, we continue to strive to serve as many youth as possible this summer. Your support is needed now more than ever. Please continue to sign-up to hire youth this summer at

Thank you in advance for your support at this crucial time. Businesses and organizations can contact Director of Employer Relations Lindsey Forsythe at or 314-499-8176, ext. 1 regarding any questions or to further discuss a partnership. Please continue to look out for email updates regarding our updated timelines on orientations and the work period.

St. Louis Regional Chamber has created this website to provide updates for businesses regarding COVID-19.

Stay Updated

STL Youth Jobs’ website and social media posts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) will provide the most up-to-date information regarding services and timeline as things progress. Continue to check email and text messages, too.