SOCIAL JUSTICE: A LIFELONG LEARNING PROCESS
FEB 7, 2018
My name is Cami Kasmerchak. I began working at Mission: St. Louis as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) in 2016 and was recently hired as the Beyond Jobs Operations Manager. I did not know exactly what I was getting myself into, but I knew there was something about the Beyond Jobs programs that intrigued me...
2017 TOP TEN SOCIAL MEDIA FAVORITES
JAN 12, 2018
2017 was a year of celebration for Mission: St. Louis
Let's take some time to remember the year and reflect on your favorite social media moments of the year!
OUR PRAYERS FOR OUR CITY
NOV 1, 2017
GRACE IN LINDELL PARK
SEP 7, 2017
It’s no secret that our city has a deep rooted history of injustice and pain that continues to be written today. We see the pain and acknowledge we must play a role in the healing of our city. We asked members of The Journey church what their prayers are for our city. Over 200 cards were returned. We wanted to share some of our favorite ones...
Pat and Kevin Huntspon moved to St. Louis from Chicago in 1994. They moved to Lindell Park (close to MSTL's new building) a few years after that. North St. Louis City is not an area known for many new residents, but the Huntspons took a chance and moved to a place forgotten by many in our city...
AUG 7, 2017
Morgan, a recent Job & Leadership Training student, spent his childhood in South St. Louis. After turning 18, Morgan left foster care and dove head first into adulthood. Despite his hard work, financial struggles still came, Morgan had no one to turn to for support...
FROM BELIEF TO ACTION: WHY MIKE VOLUNTEERS
The humid St. Louis summer is officially upon us. Most students are on break from school, and some families are off taking vacations or finding fun things to do around the city. For the students in our Job & Leadership Training Summer session however, the hard work is just beginning...
ST. LOUIS PROMISE ZONE
JUL 18, 2017
In the last few years, you may have heard the phrase "Promise Zone" when listening to the local news or reading about St. Louis politics. You may not have even heard it at all. But this little phrase is making a big impact in our city. It could help shape our development for decades to come. So what is the St. Louis Promise Zone? And how is it changing our city today?
CHARITY VS. EMPOWERMENT
By July 2006, Mission: St. Louis’ Founder and Executive Director, Josh Wilson, had worked with inner-city kids and had seen first-hand the effects of poverty; he had seen need. With a dedicated vision to restore St. Louis, Josh started several conversations with his church, The Journey. His conversations led to an internship, which eventually developed into a full-fledge mercy ministry designed to connect The Journey with residents in at-risk neighborhoods.
TEN YEARS IN THE MAKING: 2017 OPEN HOUSE
MAY 31, 2017
Our new home has gone through much change since we began working on the building last August. Thanks to staff and many volunteers, the first two floors of 3108 have improved remarkably. Not only has the building improved but its uses have also increased. Every Tuesday night, community members take advantage of our open gym...
MEET MISSION: ST. LOUIS' AMBASSADOR BOARD
FEB 1, 2017
The Mission: St. Louis Ambassadors Board is a group of dedicated individuals who work together to plan, promote and participate in events supporting our programs and mission. We would like to showcase our committed members of the Ambassadors Broad to celebrate the board's two year anniversary...
FEB 28, 2017
Everyone grows up differently, but many of us share that same nostalgia for the place where we were raised. Whether you miss walking to the park with your friends, learning the day's gossip from your next door neighbor or visiting your favorite local restaurant, the safety and love you felt in your first neighborhood stays with you forever...
2016 TOP TEN SOCIAL MEDIA FAVORITES
JAN 12, 2017
2016 was a year of new adventures for Mission: St. Louis. From successful volunteer events to tough conversations to great parties, 2016 had it all. Let’s take some time to remember the year and reflect on your favorite social media moments!..
JAN 3, 2017
JAN 5, 2017
Meet Jeramie. Jeramie graduated JLT in 2013, but his relationship with Mission: St. Louis and Beyond Jobs didn’t end there. After graduating, he stayed in touch with the Beyond Jobs staff, especially Chris Hill. When personal struggle struck, Chris and Beyond Jobs were there to provide support...
Every Monday, Elisa travels from one classroom into another to volunteer as a job coach in our Job & Leadership Training. She helps our students learn job-readiness skills and prepare for employment. Often, Elisa is laughing with students and making them feel at home.
WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTION?
JAN 1, 2017
We asked some our staff to share their resolutions for the new year. What are yours?...
2016 BEYOND SCHOOL WRAP UP
DEC 31, 2016
As December comes to a close and the Beyond School scholars head home for winter break, we like to take this time to reflect on the successes and challenges of 2016....
WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!
DEC 30, 2016
The holiday season is winding down and the new year is here. We want to take this time to say just how much we appreciate our supporters. Whether you have given $5 or $5000, volunteered for one event or every week, we are thankful for you. Your dedication inspires us to keep working through the good and the bad...
A year ago, DeAndre lost his wife to cancer. After this tragic loss, this single father of two twin girls went above and beyond in order to find himself a worthwhile job. DeAndre became our first JLT student to intern at and be hired by our longtime partner, BJC HealthCare...
THE CHALLENGES OF EMPLOYMENT AFTER PRISON
DEC 6, 2016
One of the biggest problems some of our Job & Leadership Training students face is finding a company that will hire people with a record. You have probably noticed when applying for a job that many applications include a box on criminal history. Once an employer sees that box checked, the application often goes straight into the trash.
NEW BUILDING WISH LIST
NOV 8, 2016
When we decided to move 3.6 miles from our office in The Grove, we didn’t know exactly what to expect. We have been slowly but surely getting our bearings in our new home on North Grand. We have started to meet our new neighbors,...
MISSION: ST. LOUIS ON THE MOVE
OCT 12, 2018
When Mission: St. Louis first found a home in The Grove, it was a very different neighborhood. As The Grove has grown and flourished in recent years, our relationship with the St. Louis community has spread further north. We are being called to North City, where many of the people we serve are living...
WE'RE CHANGING OUT CITY! NIGHT FOR THE TOWN
SEP 12, 2016
At Night for the Town, more than 530 people came together to celebrate the impact YOU are making on our community. Together, we raised over $275,000! We look forward to working together with YOU in the coming months and years to continue transforming the city we love so much...
THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL LITERACY
SEP 16, 2016
We believe that resources and relationship are necessary to transform individuals in our community. For the past two Job & Leadership Training sessions, we provided students with financial literacy courses to help them create and manage their money.
Q&A WITH JAKE GEHRET
SEP 2, 2016
Here is a Q & A with Jake Gehret, lead singer of Jake Gehret and the Brokedown Sound. They will be performing at our ninth annual Night for the Town After Party on Friday, September 16. Get your tickets now before it's too late!..
AUG 29, 2016
As a student in our Summer Job & Leadership Training, Brandon spends most of the day attending classes and working an internship at Cintas. He engages in class discussions, takes pages of notes and receives impressive evaluations from his supervisors.
OUR CITY. OUR SUMMER: PART TWO
AUG 1, 2016
Summer is a magical time. The aroma of BBQ and entire days spent at the pool are almost wonderful enough to make up for the oppressive heat and humidity we all love to hate.
IMPACT OUR CITY: JOIN OUR TEAM
JUL 11, 2016
Join our team to empower more students and transform more lives in our city! Our Beyond School program prepares students to enter high school with the social, emotional and academic tools needed to be successful...
OUR CITY. OUR SUMMER: PART ONE
JUL 1, 2016
We’re making and anticipating plans as another summer offers St. Louis a more than warm welcome. Need advice on things to do in the city during the next few months? Want to reminisce on summer traditions with friends and family?..
HEAD OF THE CLASS: MEET NALISA
JUN 29, 2016
Nalisa was reading on a 3rd grade level before joining Beyond School in March. She had difficulty with comprehension, often forgetting details of books and passages after reading them. But Nalisa kept trying...
HOW STRESS AFFECTS OUR STUDENTS: PART 2
JUN 23, 2016
Trauma is part of life. Each of us will experience at least one traumatic event in our lives. It’s one thing to accept that trauma is inevitable, but does that mean we have to take those slings and arrows lying down? What can we do to lessen the toxic effects of trauma?..