18 Sep Emerson Announces ‘Ferguson Forward’ to Benefit Ferguson, North County
Emerson Chairman and CEO David N. Farr this morning unveiled an education and employment program to support renewed community enrichment and development in the Ferguson and North County area.
The program, called “Ferguson Forward,” was created to support the Ferguson community with four pillars of focus, supporting a range of ages and developmental stages:
- Early childhood education
- Youth jobs
- Scholarships for college, technical and trade careers
- Business development training
Recognizing paid work experience, training, mentoring and job retention can and does have a direct and significant effect in reducing high rates of youth helplessness, violence and crime, a $750,000 funding commitment will support youth employment in the North County area. Emerson’s new “Ferguson Forward” program will tap into MERS Goodwill Industries and the existing STL Youth Jobs program and will include funding for 100 jobs for eligible Ferguson-area youth between the ages of 16 and 23.