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New Jobs Initiative Helps At-Risk Youth In St. Louis Help Themselves

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An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.

The City of St. Louis and local organizations and businesses are teaming up to try to alleviate the problems of poverty and crime in the community.

The new initiative is called STL Youth Jobs, a summer pilot program aimed at high risk youth between the ages of 16 and 23.

St. Louis Public Radio reported on the initiative when it was first announced.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Comptroller Darlene Green, a member of the STL Youth Jobs Leadership Committee, Bridgett Flood McDermott, Executive Director of the Incarnate Word Foundation, an organization taking a leadership role in the initiative, and Antonio Quentell Crawford, a participant in the program who is working at Refabulous, a clothing exchange in South City.

A couple of contact numbers were mentioned during the program and people are welcome to call if they are interested in becoming involved in the initiative.

St. Louis Comptroller: (314) 622-4389

Incarnate Word Foundation: (314) 773-5100

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Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.
Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Don Marsh served as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s “St. Louis on the Air" from 2005 to 2019, bringing discussions of significant topics to listeners' ears at noon Monday through Friday. Don has been an active journalist for 58 years in print, radio and television. He has won 12 Regional Emmy Awards for writing, reporting, and producing. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2013, and named “Media Person of the Year” by the St. Louis Press Club in 2015. He has published three books: his most recent, “Coming of Age, Liver Spots and All: A Humorous Look at the Wonders of Getting Old,” “Flash Frames: Journey of a Journeyman Journalist” and “How to be Rude (Politely).” He holds an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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