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What's Happening at Employment Connection: March 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.

DOCY Is Hiring!

Join the DOCY Team! The Dutchtown Opportunity Coalition for Youth seeks an Outreach Specialist and a Youth Counselor to engage with youth ages 10–17 in the Dutchtown, Gravois Park, and Mount Pleasant neighborhoods.

DOCY aims to reduce the likelihood of at-risk youth being both victims and perpetrators of crime by connecting them to opportunities that pave the way toward education and/or employment.

Visit for more information on these positions.

These are full-time positions with competitive pay and benefits, including health insurance, paid leave, and incentive pay opportunities. Please send your résumé and cover letter to

More from DOCY

The Dutchtown Opportunity Coalition for Youth hosted a Town Hall at Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club in February. Young residents of Dutchtown, Gravois Park, and Mount Pleasant were on hand to discuss the types of youth programs and activities they would like to see in their neighborhood.

The Missouri Department of Social Services and ARCHS came to Dutchtown to learn more about the DOCY program. They visited Employment Connection HQ, Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club, and Thomas Dunn Learning Center to meet staff and see the work in person.

State Rep. Del Taylor Visits Cure Violence

Missouri State Representative Del Taylor of the 84th District visited the Wells-Goodfellow/Hamilton Height Cure Violence Team at their office on Natural Bridge. We thank Rep. Taylor for his support of our violence prevention initiatives on the North Side and across the city!

WIOA Update

Employment Connection has partnered with St. Louis County’s Workforce Development Program to provide jobs and opportunities to learn important work skills. Positions are available to people ages 14–24 with no experience necessary.

Our WIOA Team has been hard at work implementing the Jobs League program and visiting locations across the region to promote opportunities available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The team recently visited Bayless High School to talk to students about jobs available to young people.

Breaking Down Barriers

ARCHS and Employment Connection are partnering to bring the Breaking Down Barriers program to St. Louis City and County residents who are ages 18–24 or have a child under 18. The program provides skill development opportunities along with job coaching and other wraparound support services.

Peabody Darst Webbe/LaSalle Park Violence Prevention Program

The Peabody Darst Webbe/LaSalle Park Violence Prevention Program is hosting a Movie Night later this month on March 31st. The show will feature The Interrupters, a documentary about the origins of the Cure Violence Program in Chicago. Thanks to our friends at Dutchtown Main Streets for donating a 26-foot big screen to show the movie!

Welcome new Violence Prevention Program team member Gerrel! He will be working alongside Samir and the rest of the EC team to help reduce conflict and violence in the LaSalle Park and Peabody Darst Webbe neighborhoods.

Housing Services Update

Employment Connection, in partnership with HUD and other agencies, provides services aimed at promoting housing stability and preventing homelessness, including eviction prevention and emergency housing. In 2022, we provided 1,350 instances of housing and utility assistance totaling $912,000, preventing evictions and minimizing additional burdens on area shelters, emergency services, and law enforcement. We also assisted 313 households to navigate MHDC’s rental assistance portal.

Women's History Month

This March, Employment Connection celebrates Women’s History Month by recognizing the invaluable roles women play across St. Louis. Mothers and daughters, elected officials and business leaders, community organizers, front-line workers, and everyone in between—women provide important contributions in all aspects of life in St. Louis and continue to lead us on a hopeful path toward a brighter and more equitable future.

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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