STL Youth Jobs, a program that provides employment and work-readiness training to city youth, on June 1 received $150,000 from JP Morgan Chase to support an additional 45 jobs this summer. The jobs will be in the IT and health care sectors, both of which are growing locally, officials said. The funding brings JP Morgan Chase’s commitment for STL Youth Jobs to $350,000.
This summer’s funding from JP Morgan Chase will give youth in the eight-week program the opportunity to work in a variety of positions at three SSM Health campuses, and through Computer Village, a community-based technology and training project, and other IT-focused organizations.
A program that provides young people with summer jobs kicks off Wednesday.
STL Youth Jobs helps young people, ages 16 to 24, keep busy and stay away from trouble by having them work for companies like Emerson and Wells Fargo.
“Just to be alive and not be affiliated with the gangs and the shooting makes me feel awesome,” said Kevin Dupree, a participant of the program.
Through the jobs, the participants learn much needed skills to help further their future careers. Mentors also teach them about how to make and manage money.
The program has already provided about 1,400 young people with paid work experience.
The program is made possible by donations from community organizations. Last month, Civic Progress donated $100,000 to the organization.
STL Youth Jobs launched the first day of its 2016 summer work program Wednesday, while also announcing it has received a financial boost to fund more positions.
The program, which is run through a collaboration between the city and civic partners, offers paid summer positions and training opportunities for young St. Louisans, ages 16 to 24.
The goal is to help young people find “meaningful employment to reduce crime, increase academic success and build the skills needed” for a career.
Recently, JP Morgan Chase donated an additional $150,000, upping its total commitment to $350,000.