Promise for Paychecks Campaign

by STL Youth Jobs

STL Youth Jobs’ mission is to bridge the divide between our region’s youth and the growing skills gap in our workforce.

Help us advance the future workforce through summer youth employment.

Every youth deserves equitable access to job readiness skills and summer work experiences. Our region’s youth experience racial, social, and geopolitical inequalities. Before the pandemic, St. Louis’ most under-served communities already experienced high rates of poverty, crime, unemployment and health disparities but we aim to level the playing field by creating access to quality job opportunities so young people from these communities can develop their work skills and the professional network they will need for successful careers.

Through our model, each youth (ages 16-24) is paired with a Job Coach for mentorship and guidance, provided job readiness and financial literacy training, connected to a work supervisor, and paid summer work experience. These building blocks in a young person’s life create the foundation for future career success. Since 2013, we have paired over 4,500 youth with summer work experiences.

Before COVID-19, STL Youth Jobs and summer jobs had become a critical component of providing young people with early work experiences where they can gain early job skills and career exploration and exposure. With the future of the pandemic unknown, we are more committed than ever to sustaining youth summer work experiences through our “Promise for Paychecks” year-end campaign. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020. Please join us in supporting the future workforce.

Ask friends to join in donating by texting “SUMMERJOBS” to 44-321. It’s a fast and simple way to spread the love and contribute to youth earning a paycheck next summer.

Donating is easy! We need your name and email address. If you prefer to remain anonymous, select the “Anonymous” checkbox. And don’t forget to submit your contribution to your company if your company offers contribution matching.

For as little as $10/month, you can become a monthly donor.


Please email with any questions or if you would like to make a contribution via wire transfer or check.


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