05 Dec Ferguson-Area Youth Get Hand Up In Job Training, Searches
Around 100 youth started new jobs this week as part of the Emerson funded, “Ferguson Forward Program.” Announced in September, “Ferguson Forward” will support early childhood education, business development, scholarships for students and youth job training.
MERS Goodwill industries will use $750,000 provided by Emerson to train 16–to-23 year olds living in the Ferguson and Dellwood area. More than 30 local business and corporations will employ those enrolled in the program. The places hiring include Complete Auto Body, the City of Dellwood, Emerson, St. Louis Community Credit Union, and the Ferguson Library.
Patrick McCulloch, coordinator of STL Youth jobs with MERS Goodwill says the initiative is similar to the STL Youth jobs program he coordinates in the summer. This initiative lasts for six months instead of three and will focuses on 100 youth from Ferguson and the surrounding area, instead of the entire region.