Ms. Frey provides overall strategic direction, coordinates community outreach for cohesive system development, and facilitates communication and alignment among partnering organizations in order to further develop and improve employment opportunities for St. Louis youth.
Prior to joining STL Youth Jobs, Ms. Frey served as coordinator for the Policy Forum at the Brown School at Washington University, an initiative responsible for advancing evidence-based public policy through an active program of education, discourse and research. In this position, she was responsible for the development and management of programming and events, building external partnerships, and collaborations and developing strategic engagement opportunities to foster the connection between academia and civic life. Ms. Frey also previously held roles as the Public Policy Director for Parents as Teachers and Director of Communications and Advocacy for the Missouri Charter Public School Association. She began her career as an education and children’s policy advisor for Missouri Governor Matt Blunt.
Ms. Frey received her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Oklahoma State University and her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She resides in St. Louis city with her husband and son.
Sara develops strategic relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations to build STL Youth Jobs visibility, impact, and financial resources so more St. Louis youth can have access economic opportunities.
Sara quickly developed a passion for charitable work after leading a corporate giving campaign and raising more than $115,000 for heart disease research and education. After having her first child and this opportunity to raise money for valuable causes, Sara was inspired to take a leap of faith and move into the non-profit sector where her daily work could leave an impact on the lives of individuals for years to come. The decision was the right one, because she quickly fell in love with non-profits and has been raising money for important causes from vision care for low-income individuals to parent support and early education.
After working for national non-profit organizations for the past six years, Sara was excited to join the STL Youth Jobs team to make local impact. “STL Youth Jobs is my way of making positive change right here in St. Louis.”
A native Nebraskan, Sara loves Husker football and snow. When Sara’s not attending a soccer or baseball game for one of her two active and spirited children, she can be found running, swimming or riding her bike around town.
Mr. McCulloch develops and maintains relationships with program employers, provides support and guidance to program participants, trains and manages a team of job coaches that provide support to program participants, coordinates and plans all youth job readiness and financial literacy training, plans program events for youth, and supports the development team in a variety of ways.
Prior to joining StL Youth Jobs, Mr. McCulloch worked for The Wyman Center as a Teen Outreach Program Facilitator during his concentration practicum experience with the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. In this role, Mr. McCulloch provided evidence based youth development workshops to 7th grade students daily throughout the school year. Mr. McCulloch began his career working with children, youth, and families by working in urban schools in both Cleveland and Detroit during his time as a City Year Corps Member and Team Leader.
Mr. McCulloch received his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Michigan State University and his Master’s in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Though a proud Michigander, he resides in St. Louis.
Jerica is responsible for providing operational support for the STL Youth Jobs employment experience including job coach and youth participant support, employer recruitment and community relations. Additionally, Jerica monitors and maintains participant and program data to ensure ongoing quality improvement.
Prior to this position, Jerica served as the Lead Job Coach for the STL Youth Jobs Ferguson Forward Program. She instantly fell in love with the cause and served in this role for two years, serving as a mentor to young people. Jerica also previously held the role of Camp Director for the Monsanto Family YMCA; which will always be her home away from home.
Jerica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University and her Master’s in Social Work from Saint Louis University. She loves her St. Louis community. Her personal mission is to better our community one day at a time.