Emerson provides funding for education, job training in Ferguson area

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FERGUSON (KTVI) The funding from Emerson’s Ferguson Forward program,  MERS Goodwill    will provide job training skills and support to at-risk youth beyond the summer STL Youth Jobs program. On December 1, 100 at-risk youth from Ferguson and Dellwood began a 6-month employment program similar to the STL Youth Jobs program, a collaboration between the city of St. Louis, Incarnate Word Foundation and MERS Goodwill that provides job training, support and financial literacy to youth ages 16-23 living in high-risk communities.

As a supporter of STL Youth Jobs, Ferguson-based Emerson has funded $750,000 for the initiative which employed Ferguson-area youth at more than 30 local small businesses and corporations at no cost to the employers. The funding will help MERS Goodwill train, employ and provide ongoing support through job coaches for 100 youth over the next 6 months. Emerson is one of the participating employers and will provide some supplemental training to youth.

In order to participate in STL Youth Jobs: Ferguson Forward this fall/winter/spring, you must:

1:  Be between the ages of 16 and 23 at the time of application    AND

2:  Live in St. Louis County, within the municipalities of Ferguson or Dellwood

To check what municipality you live in, please look up your address at http://maps.stlouisco.com/propertyview/.  This is the site STL Youth Jobs program staff will use to verify your address eligibility before calling you.  Tip: Do not use punctuation when you enter the address (for example, type W Florissant Ave rather than W. Florissant Ave.)

Please note, priority will be given to individuals who are currently unemployed and live in a low-income household. 

Process: Eligible applicants will be called to meet with an STL Youth Jobs Case Manager. An initial meeting will be scheduled, for which you will be asked to bring:

  • a piece of mail showing the address that was entered
  • a photo ID, also showing with your address
  • a Social Security card or Birth Certificate

These documents will be used to verify your address and also complete the I-9 form to be able to receive wages through the program.

In the initial meeting, a Case Manager will speak with you about any past work history, scheduling needs, other resources/supports we can help with, what types of jobs you’re interested in, educational background and interests, etc. Job matches will take all of these factors into consideration. After the initial meeting, you will be scheduled to attend 2-4 sessions of Job Readiness Training before starting work. Through STL Youth Jobs: Ferguson Forward, In School Youth may work up to 20 hours/week for up to 6 months. Out of School (whether completed high school or not) Youth may work up to 28 hours/week for up to 6 months. Your Case Manager will be following up with you and providing support throughout the whole process.

Questions: The geographic area may increase depending on the number of applications received. If you live in another nearby municipality and would like to be notified if eligibility requirements expand, please email stlyouthjobs@mersgoodwill.org. For general questions, please contact the Program Coordinator, Patrick McCulloch, at pmcculloch@mersgoodwill.org .

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