(KMOV) – St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on Thursday will venture out to St. Louis County to garner support for a youth job program.
Slay will be at the Emerson Auditorium for the St. Louis Youth Employment Summit. For the second year, STL Youth Jobs will raise money in hopes of placing 300 young people with summer employment.
Last year, the city put up $100,000 for the program. Slay hopes to double that this time around.
The mayor will team up with people from Mers Goodwill and the Incarnate Word foundation in hopes of attracting more businesses and more people to donate.
To sign up for the program, youth first have to apply. They are then matched with businesses close to where they live for an eight-week work program.
The program had a 95 percent attainment rate in just the first year.
“It puts money in your pocket, keeps you off the street, builds self-esteem, but gives you basic life and job skills that benefit young people throughout their entire life,” said Slay.