1 in 3 people in St. Louis live in poverty.

Shocking, right? Or maybe you have heard statistics like this before. The problem is, sometimes it is hard to see the true effects of statistics. It is difficult to understand how they affect our own communities, our own families, or ourselves.

Growing up in poverty doesn’t just impact a person’s day-to-day reality.
It has the power to determine their entire future.

Right now in the United States, a kid’s socioeconomic status is a better indicator of college graduation than academic ability.

THAT MEANS THAT A CHILD’S ZIP CODE IS MORE TELLING ABOUT THEIR FUTURE SUCCESS THAN HOW HARD THEY WORK.

Poverty affects their entire lives.Poverty impacts youth all over our city. Before a child can even speak poverty begins to shape their lives. As they grow it continues to create barriers to education throughout childhood + into young adult life. Without a high school diploma hope for a brighter future continues to diminish. The lack of a legal job with a livable wage job leads one to turn to crime, work unstable jobs or become unemployed.

 

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This doesn't have to be the reality.

When we walk alongside people in our city, the return on investment is life change. That investment can transform an ENTIRE CITY.

 
 

Opportunity

When families have resources, kids grow up with
hope + dreams for their futures. 

90%

of fathers who graduated our JLT program feel that they connect better with their children + family.


Health

Having greater income to access broader food
choices + medical care helps people live more
active + complete lives.

54%

more unemployed people will have fair or poor health

 

Education

With more opportunity for a quality education, graduation rates in our city rise + more people have access to a higher quality of life. 

$9,000+ 

increase in yearly income by helping students finish their GED


Safety

Employment leads to less crime + fewer incarcerations.
Our city as a whole becomes safer. 

82%

of Phase 1 JLT graduates have not received any new felonies or warrants 

Financial Stability

With more opportunity for employment,
families stabilize + people live with purpose. 

99%

of JLT students live at or below poverty level

 


Economy

When people are educated + employed, businesses
have more solid workforces + families have
more disposable income.

$22,187

is the cost per inmate per year to taxpayers

 

 

WHEN YOU INVEST IN PEOPLE

OUR CITY TRANSFORMS