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What's Happening at Employment Connection: September 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.

Fall Resource Fair

Join us on September 28th for our Fall Fest Employment and Resource Fair! Employers will be interviewing and hiring on-site. We'll also have additional resources to teach you about our amazing programs and help you prepare for a fulfilling new career! Call (314) 333-JOBS [5627] for more info.

DOCY Update

DOCY officially has over 100 active youth enrolled! We have made over 200 referrals to 23 different organizations to provide services that aim to eliminate the various barriers our youth and their families face.

We have a new (to us) Outreach Specialist! Meet Bobby, he comes to the Dutchtown Opportunity Coalition for Youth from our Dutchtown Cure Violence Team, and with him brings a strong passion for youth engagement and mentorship. Originally from Chicago, Bobby has called Dutchtown home for over seven years and created strong relationships in the neighborhood. We are so grateful to have him on our team.

CEO Sal Martinez Appointed to CMT Board of Directors


Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT), the region’s premiere transit advocacy organization, has named Employment Connection CEO Sal Martinez as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Martinez was elected during CMT’s 39th Annual Meeting, held September 15th at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Downtown St. Louis, and he will serve a three-year term.

Violence Prevention Program


Our Violence Prevention Team in Peabody Darst Webbe/LaSalle Park is continuing their hard work at reducing crime in their assigned neighborhoods. We are excited to report that zero homicides via firearms have occurred in either neighborhood so far in 2023!


The team has also been very engaged in community activities by participating in the Big Reveal event celebrating the incoming $100 Million+ redevelopment of the Clinton Peabody public housing development and by co-sponsoring a recent Bingo fundraising event hosted by the LaSalle Park Neighborhood Association.


School Supplies for Clients


Team EC was busy during back-to-school season collecting backpacks for our clients' families!

Our Violence Prevention Teams were also out in their neighborhoods holding back-to-school celebrations and giveaways in Wells-Goodfellow/Hamilton Heights, Dutchtown, and Peabody Darst Webbe/LaSalle Park. Here's to a happy, healthy, and successful school year!

Edward Jones + United Way Business Attire Drive

Edward Jones staff donated over 500 articles of high-end business attire that will be distributed to our clients. Young Friends of EC board member Chris Bourdoures was also instrumental in the collection of the clothing as a representative of Great Southern Bank, a long-time EC sponsor.

EC Out and About

David from our Violence Prevention Team in Wells Goodfellow/Hamilton Heights recently attended SLACO’s 27th annual Regional Neighborhood Conference!


Caitlyn, Lauren, and Bobby from our DOCY Team and CEO Sal Martinez attended the Blacklight Bingo Fundraiser for Thomas Dunn Learning Center at 4 Hands Brewing!


WIOA team members Tamara and Gretchen at a recent hiring fair at the Crossings at Northwest!


Jay from our Career Services team recently attended the 14th annual Dinner at the Fresh Starts community garden!

Upcoming Section 3 Seminars

Employment Connection is teaming up with SLDC and Associated General Contractors–Missouri Chapter to spread the word about our Section 3 Program for contractors. Learn how your business can qualify for HUD-funded contracting opportunities in low-income neighborhoods and provide employment opportunities for people from those communities.


SLDC is co-hosting the in-person seminar at the Northside Economic Empowerment Center on September 19th.


AGC-MO co-hosts webinars on October 2nd and 3rd. Visit this link to register for the webinars.

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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