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.

Let us try to lay out a clear picture of the "poverty pipeline", and how investing in individual people can transform a whole city.

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.

 

This is the poverty pipeline:

This doesn't have to be the reality.

 

When we walk alongside people in our city, the return on investment is life change.

 

 

INDIVIDUALS

Your investment provides opportunity for people to transform their lives.

PEOPLE CHANGE:

 

Shaun used to be caught in a generational cycle of crime and poverty. In Job & Leadership Training (JLT), Shaun gained leadership skills, job training and an internship. Upon graduation, he secured full-time employment at a local charter school. 

SOCIETY CHANGES:

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

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

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

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


 

FAMILIES

As individuals transform their lives, they rise as leaders and inspire family members to work their way out of poverty too.

With a stable income, Shaun is able to provide for his family. As a new father, Shaun is excited to be a role model to his newborn son and looks forward to helping him grow into a leader himself. 

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

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

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

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


 

OUR CITY

Your impact moves beyond families - it becomes a community-wide impact that rewrites the future for our city.

Shaun's family is stabilized and he's a leader for his children and wife. His friends also take notice and enroll in JLT themselves. Shaun and his family are surrounded by a community of support. 

Employment leads to less crime and fewer incarcerations. Our city becomes safer. 

Employment leads to less crime and fewer incarcerations. Our city becomes safer. 

As people are educated and employed, businesses have more solid workforces and families have more disposable income.

As people are educated and employed, businesses have more solid workforces and families have more disposable income.


When you invest in people, our city transforms.

Are you ready to take action?