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 working remotely for the time being for the health of our staff, clients, loved ones, neighbors, and our community. We are closely monitoring local government and CDC guidelines as we prepare plans for our youth during their summer experience and a reopen of our office. STL Youth Jobs has and will continue to strive to provide the best services we can during this challenging time.

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

STL Youth Jobs has compiled our list of resources available for youth. This is a live document we keep updated. If you have ideas of what could be added or changed please email them to us.

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. (This is not owned/operated by STL Youth Jobs).

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

Our program changed for Summer 2020 to allow for virtual options and keep our youth safe and healthy. We are still making plans for Summer 2021 and will keep you updated. Youth applications for Summer 2021 are now open at

In Summer 2020, we successfully remained open, continuing to offer youth, ages 16-24, job readiness trainings and activities. In summer 2021, we plan to provide youth with safe, in-person summer work and/or career exploration opportunities. As the globe continues to navigate COVID-19, we are monitoring CDC guidelines closely to ensure our youth are properly equipped and prepared this summer.

Summer 2020 Online Workforce Academy (OWA) for Youth Ages 16-24:

  • This was our revised Summer 2020 program
    • All interviews and intakes were virtual so we can reduce face-to-face contact
    • All in-person group trainings were virtual
    • The program was a stipend pay. Youth could earn up to $750 with optional professional development opportunities of up to $150. A maximum total of $900 can be earned.
  • This program was separate from the Career Accelerator Program (CAP).

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.

Applications to hire youth in Summer 2021 will be available soon 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.