Sweet potatoes planted by St. Louis teens now have their own plot in the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Young members of an effort called the Sweet Potato Project planted seedlings on Saturday, joined by Garden leaders and other supporters. The project teaches teens from north St. Louis how to grow sweet potatoes sustainably, mainly in vacant lots, and then how to brand and sell sweet potato products.
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is asking businesses in the city to help put 500 young people to work this summer through a program called Stl Youth Jobs.
One corporation stepped up Wednesday.
JPMorgan Chase announced a $100,000 donation, and the company is asking other businesses to help.
"It is very important for this city that we build that base, that base of people that understand how to work, love to work and want to be part of this community," said Scott Bush, a managing director and market leader with the firm.