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Students given 24-hour access to an education

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SLATE & St. Louis Public Schools partnered together for 24-hour Workforce High school.  (Credit: KMOV) SLATE & St. Louis Public Schools partnered together for 24-hour Workforce High school.  (Credit: KMOV)

A new and unprecedented workforce program for students allows them to have access to a 24-hour education.

The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) has partnered with St. Louis Public Schools and opened a virtual high school available any day and any time.

“They open up a lot of opportunities,” said Jeavon Gill, a student in the program. “It’s easy for us to be heard instead of just being in class with our hands raised up for a minutes, just waiting. Then you end up getting frustrated and here we just sitting right here and they’re in the same space as us.”

Gill said he got caught up with the wrong crowd and ended up in jail.

He found himself in Mayor Slay’s Prison to Prosperity Initiative aimed at young adults.

“In the Prison to Prosperity program I met one of the staff members. She told us to come down here as soon as we get out so we could start changing,” said Gill

Changing young people’s path is the core mission of this 24-hour Workforce High school. 

Dr. Alice Prince is the SLATE division manager and said it targets those between 17 and 21 who have dropped out.

“Young people have 24-hour access to commit crimes, to sell drugs, to do drugs. They have 24- hour access to do things that are not productive. Why not give them 24-hour access to do things that are productive? Give them 24-hour access to better their lives, to better education, to better their family, to better their trajectory. To better put them on a pathway to prosperity,” said Prince.

Prince said many students are working parents and want a better future. However, she said it’s the responsibility of the community to meet them right where they are.

In addition to the normal high school curriculum, students have 24-hour access to mentorship and resources to help navigate responsibilities they have at home, work and at times probation and parole.

Students are able to work at their own pace and for Gill it worked.     

He's only two credit hours shy of graduating from this program.

“All of our students are success stories,” said Prince. “Any student who walks in here and wants to get their education that's success.”

More information about SLATE and its services for youth can be found on

To enroll call Hillary Stuckey, at (314) 657-3526. 

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