Ferguson Forward - STL Youth Jobs
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Ferguson Forward

Ferguson Forward

STL Youth Jobs is proud to partner with Emerson as part of the Ferguson Forward Initiative.

If you want to shape the future of a community, invest in the future of its youth. #FergusonForward

Youth employment has measurable effects on many critical indicators that affect both the trajectory of our youth and the future of our workforce. Thanks to Emerson, we have been bringing this powerful initiative to Ferguson and its surrounding areas since October 2014. Learn more about the power of youth employment.

Our Ferguson Forward youth jobs program differs from our summer jobs program by specifically employing North County youth who are out of school and unemployed. The program provides up to 400 hours of paid employment with one of our partnering employers and trainings in job readiness, life skills, and financial literacy. Additionally, youth are provided with access to a bank account, the support of a job coach throughout the program, and follow-up support after the program is completed. Youth are employed at local businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, and corporations. Of youth who completed the program in the past two years, 81% were either hired by their STL Youth Jobs employer, secured outside employment, or were connected to another training program. Thanks to Emerson, the Ferguson Forward Initiative has positively impacted a total of 539 youth from 2014-2017 and will impact an additional 80 youth in 2018.

Interested in investing in a youth employment program in a community that’s important to you? Contact us to discuss how our model can be applied to transform the future of your workforce by transforming the future of your youth.

Emerson knows, as I do, that the long-term recovery of this region will come from sustainable job growth.

– Clint Zweifel, Missouri State Treasurer