2017 Top Ten Social Media Favorites

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! 

#10: JLT Mantra

Congratulations again to our Summer 2017 class of JLT Graduates. The JLT mantra is recited in every class throughout the eight weeks of Phase One. The mantra reminds them of their guiding principles as they journey through transforming their lives.

Graduates reciting the JLT mantra. We are so proud of our 15 graduates!

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#9: Beyond School Scholar at the Art Museum

Our Beyond School scholars at St. Louis Language Immersion School spent their incentive day at the St. Louis Art Museum! We love watching our students appreciate and celebrate art in various forms. This scholar took inspiration from this statue and recreated it herself. 


Mod Pizza in Maryland Heights donated 100% of their opening day proceeds to us!
We truly appreciate their support and who doesn't love pizza?

Check out more here.


#7: Jason Wins 2017 Young Leader Award

Jason Watson, Director of Beyond Jobs, was selected to receive the 2017 Young Leader Award from the St. Louis American Foundation! We are proud of Jason and his commitment to the community of St. Louis. Here's to more success in 2018, Jason! 

This was our biggest year of Affordable Christmas yet! We raised over $30,000 this year and were able to serve over 1000 kids in our community. It wouldn't be possible without the support from over 207 volunteers, local businesses and churches. We are already looking forward to an even bigger and better event year! 

Check out more photos from the event!

#5: Miss May's Porch

AMP groups fixed our neighbor's porch. These groups spend time learning more about poverty in St. Louis, while also learning the importance of building relationships between their group and their community (whether near or far). Thank you to all of our AMP teams who aren't afraid to get to work! Interested in coming an AMP trip this year? Visit here!

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#4: Quality of Life Award

We were honored to receive the Quality of Life award at the Mayor's Business Celebration Luncheon! We were on the list among other great organizations and businesses in our city making a change towards a better St. Louis.

#3: CBS St. Louis Features our New Building

CBS St. Louis interviewed Jason and Josh about our dreams for our new building. “We don’t want to just be a building that sits on the corner,” says Jason Watson, Beyond Jobs Director . “We want to be people that are integrated with the people that are already here in this community.”


#2: St. Louis Public Radio 

St. Louis Public Radio featured us and our new building on their show, St. Louis on the Air. Josh and Jason took Kelly on a tour through the 87,000 square foot building. Our new home, built in 1918, was originally a YMCA. Now, we are transforming it into a holistic workforce development pipeline. This story made their top 10 stories, too! Stay tuned for updates in 2018 about new building updates!

This year was our 10th Annual Night for the Town Gala. With over 500 guests joining us at Ballpark Village, it was an awesome night. Thanks to your generosity, we raised more than $312,000! Thank you for seeing the importance of investing in our city. Join us as we go all in for the next 10!

Thank you for every like, repost and share this year! We could not transform our community without your support.
Let's keep it going for 2018!

Sydney Thomas