01 Jun STL Youth Jobs garners major donation to kick off summer jobs program
Thanks to $150,000 from JPMorgan Chase, about 45 at-risk young people in St. Louis will have summer jobs in the health care and information technology fields.
The donation will go toward paying the wages of some summer employees who have been selected by the STL Youth Jobs program for employment. In addition to a job, the nonprofit program provides local youth with job training, mentoring, financial literacy and continuing career support.
These young adults come from neighborhoods that typically have high rates of unemployment, poverty and violence.
It’s an important program because it removes a barrier for these at-risk youth to land a job, Hillary Frey, STL Youth Jobs executive director, told the Post-Dispatch Wednesday during its public announcement of its latest donation at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. Wednesday also marked the first day on the job for many STL Youth Jobs participants.
The application and interview process can be a “daunting experience if you’re never had a job,” Frey said. “We provide a handshake into a job.”