WELLSTON, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced a plan that aims to help 2,000 young people from low-income St. Louis-area families find summer jobs in 2015.
The Democratic governor announced the plan Thursday during a visit to Wellston.
The Missouri Office of Community Engagement will work with employers in an effort to connect young people with work experiences that can help them develop job skills for the future. The state office is partnering with workforce investment boards in the region.
The need for more job opportunities has been underscored in the unrest since the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, which is near Wellston. The shooting of the black 18-year-old by a white officer prompted scrutiny of social and economic disparities in the St. Louis region.