Youth having access to money, bank accounts, and learning how to manage their money has dramatic impact
Access to financial and social assets is essential to helping youth make their own economic decisions and escape poverty.
– UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
Youth who work become contributors to their communities
Youth who work are less likely to contribute to juvenile crime
STL Youth Jobs helped me a lot. I’m not a problem child, but the summertime is where I had a lot of my problems. This program gave me something better to do with my summer.
– Julia, STL Youth Employee
Investing in youth employment is a proactive way to create productive citizens and reduce the burden of unengaged youth on society
If we know that youth employment has a powerful impact on so many indicators that affect both our youth, and the future of our region, let’s invest on the front end in innovative, proactive, evidence-based solutions that generate a significant return on investment.
– Michelle Henry, VP Global Philanthropy, J.P. Morgan
 Andrew Sum et al, Confronting the Youth Demographic Challenge
 Research on New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program found that participation in the program was associated with increased attendance the following year and improved academic performance. See Jacob Leos-Urbel, What Is a Summer Job Worth? The Impact of Summer Youth Employment on Academic Outcomes: Evidence from a Large-Scale Lottery, Working Paper #05-12, New York University, June 2012; available at: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/scmsAdmin/media/users/spa2/Working_Paper_5-12.pdf
 Child & Youth Finance International and Mastercard – “Banking a New Generation”
 Mastercard report
 Brookings Report
 Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative
 2014 UMSL Evaluation report of STL Youth Jobs Program
 Clive R. Belfield, Henry M. Levin, and Rachel Rosen, The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth (Corporation for Economic and Community Service and the White House Council for Community Solutions, 2012); available at: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED528650.pdf