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What's Happening at Employment Connection: February 2023

We’ve been busy at Employment Connection! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn for all of the latest info on our programs and events. And if you're not already receiving our monthly newsletter in your inbox, click here to sign up.

Here's just some of what Employment Connection has been up to since our last newsletter.

Breaking Down Barriers

In partnership with ARCHS, our Breaking Down Barriers program is bringing real jobs and real opportunities to residents of St. Louis City and County. Residents between the ages of 18 and 24, or of any age and with a child under 18, can qualify for the program and receive more than just a job. Participants also receive job coaching, skill development, and many of our additional support services to ensure they are on their way to self-sufficiency.

Call us at (314) 333-JOBS [5627] for more information.

Jobs League

Join the Jobs League! In partnership with St. Louis County Workforce Development, we’re able to provide guaranteed jobs for 14–24 year olds with great starting pay and opportunities for permanent employment. Jobs League participants also earn valuable experience and develop vital job skills. Current openings include jobs in construction, food service, healthcare, photography, and many more fields. Call us at (314) 615-6052 to find out more.

Isis Mahr Memorial Fund Donation

Employment Connection was honored to recently make a $5,000 contribution to the Isis Mahr Memorial Fund. This contribution was made possible through financial support received from our 2022 Giving Tuesday fundraiser. Our CEO recently made the presentation along with Atif Mahr (the loving father of Isis Mahr), Mike Brown, Sr., and Cardinal Ritter Prep High School students and staff.

Diamond Divas Partnership

Our friends at the Diamond Divas Empowerment Foundation gave away thousands of bags full of mouthwash, toothbrushes, soap, and other hygiene items for victims of domestic violence. Diamond Divas also donated several of these kits to Employment Connection for us to provide to our clients. We have also been partnering with DDEF to provide emergency housing assistance to clients in the St. Louis community. Learn more about their work in this segment from KSDK.

DOCY Update

In January, we welcomed kids and families from Dutchtown, Gravois Park, and Mount Pleasant to our first DOCY Family Game Night at Thomas Dunn Learning Center! We truly enjoyed the opportunity to get together for some family-friendly fun and discuss more opportunities to reach out to neighborhood youth.

This month, we’re inviting neighborhood youth to Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club to voice their ideas for community activities and youth programs in the Greater Dutchtown area. Participants also get free lunch and attendance prizes. To find out more, contact Caitlyn Dorion at or 314-230-0902.

Cure Violence and Violence Prevention Program Updates

Members of Employment Connection’s violence prevention teams recently met with staff from the City of St. Louis Office of Violence Prevention this week to discuss our work and provide suggestions for other critical services that are needed in the community. We appreciate the support of Mayor Tishaura Jones and her administration as we work to do our part in making the City of St. Louis a better place to live and work.

KMOV Channel 4 featured EC team members Samir, El, and Charles in a segment discussing the new Violence Prevention Program in Peabody Darst Webbe/LaSalle Park, as well as the Cure Violence programs in Dutchtown and Wells-Goodfellow/Hamilton Heights. Learn what our teams are doing to prevent violence and pave a path forward for high-risk members of our community in this video.

Black History Month

Employment Connection is proud to celebrate Black History Month this February! We encourage everyone to take time to reflect on the amazing contributions that Black Americans have made to our culture, from iconic civil rights leaders, public service, pioneering musicians, and barrier-breaking athletes, to the unsung heroes in the community that continue to push for equity and justice for all.

United Way Announces 2023 Allocation

We at Employment Connection are excited to continue our partnership with United Way of Greater St. Louis in 2023! As a safety net agency, their generous ongoing support allows us to continue our mission of breaking down barriers to self-sufficiency for people with limited opportunities.

This year, United Way has allocated $655,023 to Employment Connection in support of our employment, housing, and violence prevention safety net programs. Thank you to the entire St. Louis region for generously supporting agencies like ours during the annual United Way campaign. Because of you, we will be able to continue #HelpingHere.

There's much more going on at Employment Connection! Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date with all of our programs and events in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Clair County.

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