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Kemet Ajanaku, right, spots an egret near the Audubon Center at Riverlands on July 1, 2019. Teens learn the basics of environmental conservation, then lead a series of summer camps for elementary schoolers.
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White, upper-middle-class Americans have held the reins of the mainstream conservation movement for decades — and some say change is long overdue.

A small group of biologists and educators in West Alton are working to jump-start that change through a series of outdoor camps. The Audubon Center at Riverlands’ Flight Crew program aims to help more young people of color connect with nature. 

Community activists, including State Rep. Bruce Franks Jr., are asking Gov. Mike Parson to pardon or commute the sentence of Joshua Williams.
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Rep. Bruce Franks returns for his third appearance on Politically Speaking, where the St. Louis Democrat talked about how he’s been faring during his third year in the Missouri House.

Franks first burst on the Missouri political scene in 2016, when he defeated (after a high-profile redo election) incumbent Penny Hubbard. He was elected to another term last year without opposition, getting another two years to represent a part of eastern St. Louis.

BriAsia Warren trains new employee Uraiesha Shelton at Beyond Sweet. Customers can order specialty shakes like The New Yorker, topped with a piece of cheesecake, and the Chocoholic. June 2018
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

At Beyond Sweet, an ice cream and snack shop in the Delmar Loop, two teens are practicing the art of of building mountain peaks of whipped cream.

For now, they’re practicing on pieces of paper, but soon they’ll move onto topping real sundaes and shakes for customers.

Summertime, and jobs don't come easy

Jun 10, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 10, 2010 - Late spring, Erin Fagan, a senior at St. Joseph's Academy, sent out applications for more than 10 summer jobs, everything from Claire's to the Smokehouse Market. She had two interviews -- and then nothing. By now, she has pretty much given up hope of finding work this summer.

Her only friends who have jobs are lifeguards, but they were certified a few years. Erin isn't confident about her swimming abilities, leaving her without any real prospects.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 29, 2010 - This is just the time of year when teenagers who have put off thinking about summer plans start making them.

In a typical summer, a paid job would be easy enough to find. But this isn’t a typical summer, what with the job market tough for everyone, let alone a young person without a stacked resume.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 29, 2009 - Marcel Douglas has high expectations. Once he graduates from high school, he plans to study psychology and then attend medical school. He wants to study neuroscience, like Dr. Benjamin Carson, the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Carson is known for his surgeries to separate twins conjoined at the head.

City, SLATE team up for summer jobs

May 28, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 28, 2009 - The city of St. Louis and SLATE are teaming up with private employers to offer the Urban Force job program. This is designed for city residents age 14-24 who are looking for employment and possible learning opportunities. This year's session starts June 1 and runs to Sept. 30.

The program was created to provide summer employment for youths who live in the city of St. Louis with the objective of introducing them to career opportunities and the training that goes along with it.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 14, 2009 - Summer employment for many Missouri youngsters will include the usual work: mowing lawns, staffing concession and ticket stands at the Zoo and Six Flags; clerking at department and grocery stores; working in parks and recreation centers.

But 6,000 youngsters will find work in Missouri's so-called jobs of the future program. It's a measure of the economic conditions that the state was flooded with roughly 12,000 applicants for these jobs within a week after it announced the program.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 17, 2009 - At Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club, it was all about fulfilling dreams.

That was the message from Vice President Joe Biden, as he laid out to about 20 students what he and President Barack Obama -- and local officials -- hope to do with a summer-jobs program, bolstered with $25 million in federal money. The program would pair up to 5,000 Missouri students -- about 1,600 in the St. Louis area -- with some of the region's major companies, including BJC Health Systems.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 9, 2009 - Holly Edwards has her summer plans set: When she's not taking classes at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, she'll be working at the student fitness center.

But some of her friends haven't been as fortunate in seeking summer employment. "I've heard they haven't had much luck," said Edwards, a 19-year-old freshman from Bethalto, Ill. "They're kind of worried."