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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

This doesn't have to be a reality.

 
 

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

 
 

Opportunity
 

90%

of JLT graduate fathers
 feel that they connect better
with their children + family.

Education
 

$9,000+ 

increase in yearly income
by helping students
finish their GED.

Financial Stability
 

$10.22/hr

is the average wage
of JLT graduates 4 months
after graduation.


 

HEALTH
 

54%

more unemployed people will have fair or poor health.

 

SAFETY
 

82%

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

 

ECONOMY
 

$972,440

savings in taxpayer dollars
through lower recidivism
because of JLT.