STL | LIFT
Unfortunately, the pathways that are offered to teens in North St. Louis don't generally entail positive futures. There is a vicious poverty cycle that entraps the youth.
STL | LIFT is able to employ a growing number of teens. By leading each student through developing life skills, we believe that we can make an impact of the negative cycle of dealing drugs, joining gangs and other destructive paths that North St. Louis offers its youth by lifting them out of this trap.
During the summer, we are able to employ local teenagers in our community gardens once a week. After our garden work, we take the students on a weekly "Empowered Experience" where we take the students out of the city. We partner with a new business for every "Empowered Experience" to show students different career paths and have fun. It's important for these teenagers to get out of the city and get exposed to higher education or different industries.
While our students are in school, we provide a weekly tutoring service to make sure that they're on the right track. We are starting to see some of our teens going from probably just another negative statistic of North St. Louis to college students.
We already have a bundle of success stories, and they are only growing.
By the year 2020, we will...
Increase the number of teens that we employ and mentor from 25 to 40.
Effectively bring resources to the students AND their families.
Provide students with mentors to develop closer, stronger relationships.
STL | LINK
The number one spoken need for our North St. Louis neighbors is jobs. While LOVEtheLOU realizes that the issue of poverty is much more complex, we understand that for many a job opportunity is the first step out of poverty.
As of March 2016, the unemployment rate in the 63115 zip code (where STL | LINK will take place) was at 27.9% (via city-data). The median household income in the same area is approximately $25k/year (via Esri data).
STL | LINK is a business development program that plans to stimulate the North St. Louis economy. The program will simultaneously provide a safe hub for neighbors and students in order to improve the overall community.
By the year, 2020 we will…
Set up a café as a prototype business at office. We will hire local residents as this business expands.
Expand one current business that we incubate from citywide to reach a larger region.
Work with 10 other local North St. Louis entrepreneurs. We will surround each business with five different business, marketing and financial advisors.
House those businesses in our STL | LINK Market.
STL | LIVE
In North St. Louis, you rarely ask the question “where do you live?” Instead, you ask “where do you stay?” Functional homelessness is one of the results of a poverty mindset. The inconsistencies of life make it extremely difficult to maintain a reliable address, therefore families bounce from place to place.
LOVEtheLOU was given 10 apartments in 2015, and the organization is using that momentum to provide stability for its neighbors. STL | LIVE is designed to alleviate the stress of high rent and at the same time bring resources to pull each family out of a poverty mindset.
By the year, 2020 we will…
House 10 low-income families.
Partner with other nonprofits in the area to bring in the majority of the families.
Create a two-year program of living. Weekly shepherding check-ups will give each family the opportunity to be raised up with job placement, life skills and crisis intervention.
Create a net of health with 20 potential employers, 10 counselors and one weekly small group.