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What's Happening at Employment Connection: May 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.

Give STL Day

Thank you to our generous Give STL Day donors! With your help, along with a $10,000 sponsorship from Great Southern Bank secured by EC board member and GSB St. Louis Market President Brian Davies, we raised over $14,000!

World of Work and Our Violence Prevention Programs

Our World of Work Job Readiness Training is on the road, bringing opportunities to our Violence Prevention Program sites across St. Louis! In April, a total of 21 participants graduated from World of Work training sessions held in our satellite offices in Wells-Goodfellow/Hamilton Heights, Peabody Darst Webbe/LaSalle Park, and Dutchtown.

We were so delighted by the success of these sessions that we’re headed back out at the end of this month! In addition to training sessions at our Violence Prevention Program sites, we of course still offer regular World of Work classes at our Market Street headquarters. Contact Christina Brewington at for more information.

Solar Panel Installation Training

Our Solar Panel Installation Training Program graduated several participants in April with the help of Straight Up Solar, the Energy Foundation, and US Bank. Participants go through our World of Work Job Readiness Training, receive OSHA-10 certification, and get hands-on experience with solar panel installation. We’re proud to support the development of an equitable green jobs workforce in St. Louis!

DOCY Updates

We toured the Greater Dutchtown area with Employment Connection Board Members Brian Davies and Abdul Oganla earlier this month, along with our Dutchtown Opportunity Coalition for Youth partners at Thomas Dunn Learning Center and Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club. As part of the tour, we also visited our new DOCY office located at 3100 Chippewa. Thanks to our community partner Lutheran Development Group for making this awesome space available to us, and we also have to thank Gene Slay’s Girls and Boys Club for their initial donation of administrative space when we officially launched DOCY last fall.

DOCY is also gearing up for the summer break with several events coming soon: Family Game Night at Thomas Dunn Learning Center on May 26th and a Video Game Tournament on June 8th at The Place youth drop-in center. We’ll also be hosting DOCY in the Streets at our new Chippewa office every other Friday in June—the 2nd, 16th, and 30th from 3pm to 5pm—featuring free food, activities, and resources for neighborhood youth.

Juneteenth Employment and Resource Fair

Join us on Thursday, June 15th for our Juneteenth Employment and Resource Fair. We'll have employers ready to hire on-the-spot, along with resources for our clients, including utility and rent assistance programs.

Employment Connection in the Community

Team EC has been out and about this spring, joining our partners at great community events all over town!

Jay and Tamara recently attended Catholic Urban Program’s 50th anniversary event in East St. Louis.

We were at St. Joseph Housing Initiative’s Spring Financial Wellness Fair at St. Mary’s High School in Dutchtown.

Our Cure Violence Teams in Wells-Goodfellow/Hamilton Heights and in Dutchtown were out in the neighborhoods as always.

We celebrated Dutchtown South Community Corporation’s 50th anniversary at Blank Space on Cherokee Street.

Our CEO recently emceed a special ceremony in recognition of the many families that previously lived in the historic Pruitt-Igoe housing development. He also had the opportunity to present a unique resolution to Robert Green, co-founder of Pruitt Igoe Forever. Notables who also participated in the ceremony included newly elected 7th Ward Alderwoman Alisha Sonnier and St. Louis Housing Authority executive director Alana Green.

Our CEO Sal Martinez also emcee’d Community Builders Network’s 11th Annual Community Development Family Reunion at Intersect Arts Center, celebrating community heroes from across the region.

MWS Is Hiring!

Managed Work Services, our social enterprise employment service, seeks hospital housekeepers and environmental services workers. These are full-time positions with the potential to earn bonus pay as well. Apply at

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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