America SCORES St. Louis
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America SCORES St. Louis is a non-profit youth development program that has engaged over 2,000 urban youth in soccer, poetry and service learning since 2005. We create teams through the sport of soccer; bring these teams into the classroom to discover their voice through poetry, and as a team, poet athletes learn to use their voices to make change in their communities.

Beyond Housing
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Our mission is to strengthen neighborhoods, one family at a time. We do this by providing affordable housing and homeownership services; providing support services to families, children and seniors; being a catalyst for community-wide rebuilding efforts; empowering residents to be leaders of their own neighborhood revitalization efforts; and promoting individual and community asset building.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri
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There are an estimated 100,000 children in Eastern Missouri who are in serious need of a Big Brother or Big Sister. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to build trusting and enduring relationships that encourage and support young people, a mission that is shared by our Bigs, donors, partners, teachers, principals, bowlers, friends, employees, board members and parents. Each of these groups play such a powerful role and are there with us engaging and connecting around the Little to change their life.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
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Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis serves over 9,500 youth, including 4,000 registered Club members at four sites and within several other schools in the St. Louis region. Club members often face multiple challenges, such as lack of income for basic needs, dilapidated housing, family instability, and exposure to violence and drug use. To address the wide range of risks faced and skills needed by youth, BGCSTL offers high quality, comprehensive programs for youth including mentoring, tutoring, homework help, dental and vision services, team sports, leadership development, life skills development.

Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School
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Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School is a Catholic urban high school which educates primarily African-American young men and women who are both traditional and non-traditional college bound students. The mission of Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School is to provide an exceptional Catholic educational experience to youth that instills attitudes of success and self-worth through faith development, academic excellence and leadership. At graduation, through the triple thrust of Academic Excellence, Faith Development, and Leadership Development, young men and women will be able to successfully serve their African-American and global communities.

City of St. Louis
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City of St. Louis, MO official web site. Provides information on City of St. Louis government, neighborhoods, development, community assets, history, heritage, and tourism.

College Bound
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College Bound provides 600 promising students from under-resourced backgrounds with the academic enrichment, social supports and life skills needed to succeed in college and careers. Serving students from over 40 different high schools in the city and county, College Bound is the only program in the St. Louis region with a year-round curriculum that includes career exposure, community engagement, test preparation, social-emotional development and academic enrichment so that students not only get to college, they graduate from college.

College Summit
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College Summit-St Louis began working with underserved communities in the St. Louis metropolitan area in 2005. Since that time, College Summit has impacted more than 7,800 youth. In addition to partnering with St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) we have expanded into the Confluence Academy. Since working with College Summit, SLPS has achieved a 26% increase in their college enrollment rates. Additionally, St. Louis Public Schools has met the Missouri Department of Education College Placement Accreditation Standard for 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Covenant House
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Covenant House Missouri (CHMO) is a non-profit organization that empowers over 200,000 homeless, runaway and at-risk youth to live independently and become contributing members of our community. With open doors and open hearts, CHMO gives homeless teens hope and the opportunity to break the cycle of chronic homelessness and unemployment through residential and community-based services.

East St. Louis Police Department
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The men and women of the East St. Louis Police Department serve proudly, and recognize that service in this region of the country is our privilege. We stand ready as a full service agency, prepared to assist all members and visitors to our City with courteous professionalism. We are not just police employees, but instead we strive to be helpers and problem solvers, as we genuinely care about where we live and work.

Education Equity, L.L.C.
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Engaging families, school districts and community partners to support student academic achievement. We provide fee-based consulting services and technical assistance for implementing effective school, family, and community partnerships supporting student academic achievement using research based models (National Council on Educating Black Children; National Network of Partnership Schools; National PTA; and Practical Parenting Partnerships).

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EducationPlus is a non-profit education consortium that serves teachers, administrators, support staff and school board members in 61 public school districts in eight Missouri counties and two Illinois counties. The mission of EdPlus is to provide member school districts with high-quality and cost-effective services, resources and leadership to achieve educational excellence for all students. The mission of EducationPlus is to focus and mobilize the leadership, talents and resources of member districts and the region to help prepare students for success in their world. The vision of the organization is to be the region's premier educational resource and a global leader at the forefront of advocacy and innovation, delivering customized educational solutions, anticipating student needs and expanding effective learning for all.

Emerson Park Development Corporation
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The mission of the Emerson Park Development Corporation is to assist the residents of the Emerson Park neighborhood and its surrounding communities in achieving their full human potential by offering high quality programs in areas such as: Education and Job Training, Leadership Development, GED, High School Diploma, Construction Trades Training, Case Management, Community Development, Advocacy Services for Youth and Young Adults, Housing and Economic Development Services.

Epworth Children and Family Services
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Originally founded as a mission agency of the United Methodist Church to care for Civil War orphans, Epworth is an independent agency serving all children and families, regardless of religious affiliation. Over 2,000 youth and families turn to Epworth each year for emergency shelter, residential and intensive treatment, family reunification therapy, transitional and independent living programs, special education, foster family care and a 24-hour help line. Epworth's strength-based therapeutic philosophy builds on the individual strengths of youth and families, thus increasing the capacity of each to thrive in society.

Federation of Settlement Houses
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The mission of the United Neighborhood Center's of America (UNCA) is to strengthen and empower our member organizations; to foster neighborhood pride, local decision-making, and better social conditions; and to help individuals and families lift themselves out of desperate social conditions in some of America's most threatened neighborhoods.

Forum For Youth Investment
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The Forum for Youth Investment (FYI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan "action tank" dedicated to helping communities and the nation make sure all young people are Ready by 21®: ready for college, work and life. Informed by rigorous research and practical experience, the Forum forges innovative ideas, strategies and partners to strengthen solutions for young people and those who care about them. A trusted resource for policy makers, advocates, researchers and program professionals, the Forum provides youth and adult leaders with the information, connections and tools they need to create greater opportunities and outcomes for young people. Our Vision: All children and youth are ready for college, work and life. All families and communities are supportive. All leaders are effective.

Gateway STEM High School
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Serving approximately 1,175 youth, Gateway STEM High School is committed to preparing our students for future educational and career success by offering challenging academic and specialized STEM programs. We focus on providing the highest level of individualized instruction for all students. Gateway STEM High School is a regional leader in instructing diverse and well-rounded students on educational pathways of science, technology, engineering and mathematics using a college preparatory curriculum.

Grand Center Arts Academy
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Founded in 2010, Grand Center Arts Academy is a St. Louis public charter middle and high school located in the heart of St. Louis' vibrant cultural arts district. As of the 2012-2013 school year, we offer classes for students in grades 6 through 9, and we will continue to add one grade per year, until we cover through 12. Our mission is to serve students with a meaningful, well-rounded education that includes a strong emphasis on the visual and performing arts and a deep commitment to academic excellence. We strongly believe in community engagement, multi-cultural understanding, service and good citizenship.

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To increase academic achievement, attendance, parental engagement, homework completion and attitudes about school, and decrease discipline issues, HOME WORKS! The Teacher Home Visit Program trains and helps pay teachers and other school personnel to make home visits to forge a relationship with the parents/families/guardians and get them engaged in their child's education. Teachers get to know them, share information about the student, and give them the tools to help children do better in school and succeed academically and socially.

Innovative Concept Academy
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The Innovative Concept Academy is the only school in America overseen by a court system dedicated to the education and rehabilitation of delinquent teens. With no education or job skills, delinquent teens will likely face a life of cycling through courtrooms and jail cells. ICA offers a chance to break that cycle.  With a full curriculum of math, science, English and history (plus extracurricular programs to challenge their minds) the Academy's students are being given their first real chance at changing course and building a productive, meaningful life.

KIPP Inspire Academy
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KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. In 2009, KIPP St. Louis opened its first school, KIPP Inspire Academy (KIA), with the support of Washington University in St. Louis. Today, KIA has grown from a single class of 80 fifth graders to 320 students in grades five through eight. The mission of KIPP Inspire Academy is to inspire all students to develop the character and academic skills necessary to succeed in high school and college so that they can build a better tomorrow for themselves and us all.

Urban Impact Center: Lincoln University
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Our mission is to collaborate with community leaders, stakeholders and residents to make a positive difference in the lives of people, impacting one individual and one family at a time. Our primary focus is to enhance the avenues of opportunity to those who welcome our assistance in the St. Louis area through programs offering the following: Youth Development, Community Revitalization, Resource Management/Financial Literacy, Adult Development, Life Skills Training, and Health Education.

MERS Goodwill
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The primary focus and success of MERS/Goodwill's employment and rehabilitation programs is in our ability to prepare people for the world of work. MERS/Goodwill provides the opportunity to work toward the goals needed to achieve the maximum level of productivity in one's personal life and employment. See the menu at left for the various services we offer! Our mission statement: "To provide opportunities for persons with barriers to employment to work and live more independently in the community."

Missouri Charter Public School Association
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Our mission is to improve student achievement by increasing access to high quality charter public education options throughout Missouri. Our values of excellence, accountability, integrity, diversity, and innovation reflect what we believe in, summarize our core beliefs and principles, and articulate our values to remind us that these are the behaviors and beliefs that we strive to uphold. Our sector includes students and families flourishing in over 100 high quality charter schools throughout Missouri. MCPSA is a sustainable, dynamic, entrepreneurial organization playing a vital role in both the charter and traditional public school systems. Our efforts are helping to re-shape public education, providing Missouri's students and families with more high quality public education options than ever before.

Normandy School District
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The Normandy School District provides the experiences and support necessary for students to become life-long learners who are productive, contributing members of society. Students in the district benefit from a strong and aggressive curriculum, nationally recognized academic programs, a full-range of extracurricular activities, a highly educated and motivated teaching force, low pupil/teacher ratios, and teams of specially trained counselors and social workers - all committed to enhancing each student's academic and personal growth.

Preferred Family Healthcare
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PFH is a comprehensive behavioral health non-profit organization established in 1979 that serves approximately 250,000 youths aged from elementary through post-high school. We provide substance abuse treatment, prevention, and mental health services throughout Missouri and Kansas.

Ready by 21® St. Louis

Ready by 21® St. Louis is a collaborative effort to ensure that all young people in the St. Louis region have the supports they need to be productive, connected, healthy and safe. Key organizations and leaders will join together to improve the quantity, quality and consistency of services and opportunities for children and youth.

Regional Early Childhood Council
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The St. Louis Regional Early Childhood Council will build a comprehensive system that addresses the full range of early childhood needs for all St. Louis area children. Council members will collaboratively work with a cross-section of the community to implement and coordinate existing and new policies, programs, and initiatives.

Rockwood School District
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We do whatever it takes to ensure all students realize their potential. By continuously improving in every aspect of our performance, the Rockwood School District empowers students to command their future.

Roosevelt High School
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We believe all students can achieve. It is our mission to create a safe and nurturing learning environment that promotes high levels of student and staff performance.

We envision Roosevelt High School to be:
-A professional learning community working and learning together to ensure high levels of achievement for all students and staff.
-A school that embraces family and community partnerships.
-A school where students think critically, solve problems and make informed choices.
-A school where students show respect toward themselves and others.

SLU School of Public Health
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The college is a new academic unit that combines SLU's programs in public health, health management, social work, emergency management, applied behavior analysis and criminology and criminal justice. As the only accredited Catholic, Jesuit school of public health in the nation, we are committed to social justice and the Jesuit mission. Students who graduate with a degree from Saint Louis University's College for Public Health & Social Justice are prepared to tackle the challenges that impact communities and global health in the 21st century.

St. Louis Beacon
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The St. Louis Beacon is a non-profit news organization dedicated to creating a better St. Louis powered by journalism. Founded by veteran journalists in Spring 2008, we focus on news that matters to people in our region, combining rigorous commitment to high journalistic standards with vigorous innovation in digital and community engagement. The Beacon connects with people in many ways — through our website; through Facebook, Twitter, and email newsletters; through in-person events; through our Public Insight Network; and through partnerships with other media and civic organizations. Drawing on the knowledge, experience and support of many St. Louisans, the Beacon illuminates our region and shines outward to the world.

St. Louis Community College
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St. Louis Community College recognizes the dignity and worth of all human beings and believes that postsecondary education should be available to all who can benefit from it. The College further believes that education should be a rewarding experience offered in an environment that fosters the growth and well-being of all members of the community it serves. With 15 college-transfer options and more than 100 career programs, as well as an ever-evolving array of courses and programs for personal development, St. Louis Community College offers you the opportunity to explore your interests, examine your options and expand your mind.

St. Louis Graduates
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St. Louis Graduates is a collaborative network of youth-serving college access provider organizations, K-12 education, higher education, philanthropic funders and businesses. Formerly known as the St. Louis Regional College Access Pipeline Project, the mission of St. Louis Graduates is to increase the proportion of low-income students in the St. Louis region who earn a postsecondary degree. St. Louis Graduates' goal is that 50% of adults in the region will have a postsecondary degree by 2020 and we support this goal through collaboration, service coordination, professional development, communications and advocacy.

St. Louis Internship Program
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Serving approximately 300 youth, the St. Louis Internship Program organization looks for young women and men in their sophomore or junior year of high school who exhibit a willingness to learn, adaptability to changing business practices, presentation of communication skills, exhibition of initiative, and understanding of business etiquette. As a valuable resource within the St. Louis business community, SLIP provides students with work readiness training and summer internships coupled with year-round college access activities including professional speakers, field experiences, ACT prep, scholarship assistance, and more.

St. Louis Mental Health Board
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The mission of the St. Louis Mental Health Board (MHB) is to facilitate the provision of quality services to the City's most vulnerable children and adults. MHB is a special taxing authority charged with collecting and distributing two separate tax funds (Community Mental Health Fund and the Community Children's Services Fund) for purposes consistent with Missouri State Statutes and approved by the voters. Authority of the Community Mental Health Act, a Missouri State Statute permitting counties to pass a special tax to raise funds for mental health and substance abuse services, originally established the St. Louis Mental Health Board (MHB). In 1992 the City of St. Louis joined 12 other Missouri counties in passing a mental health mil tax known in St. Louis at the time as Proposition Care. MHB is neither a city, nor a state agency. Rather, it is an independent government entity, referred to as a Tax District.

St. Louis Police
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The Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis strives to provide the best possible police service to the citizens of St. Louis. The mission of the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis is to protect, serve and assist citizens when conditions arise that may affect the well-being of the individual or the community. Cooperating with others in the community, officers will work to prevent and detect crime, protect life and property, and achieve a peaceful society, free from the fear of crime and disorder. Members of the Department will strive continually for excellence and maintain the peace through service, integrity, leadership and fair treatment to all.

St. Louis Public School District
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St. Louis Public Schools is the district of choice for families in the St. Louis region that provides a world-class education and is nationally recognized as a leader in student achievement and teacher quality. Serving 30,000 youth across the city of St. Louis, SLPS provides mentoring, tutoring, and a quality education for all students that enables them to realize their full intellectual potential.

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STRYVE, or Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere, is a national initiative led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent youth violence before it starts among young people ages 10 to 24. STRYVE's vision is safe and healthy youth who can achieve their full potential as connected and contributing members of thriving, violence-free families, schools, and communities. STRYVE's goals are to: increase awareness that youth violence can and should be prevented, promote the use of youth violence prevention approaches that are based upon the best available evidence, and provide guidance to communities on how to prevent youth violence.

Ticket 2 Success
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Ticket 2 Success is a multi-state, literacy and leadership non-profit organization through which students engage successful and dynamic leaders representing civic, corporate and government professions. Vision driven schools and parents partner with us because their students actively display the potential to achieve life-long success as a result of their educational experience, mentoring interaction and realistic opportunities to transform dreams into reality.

Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation
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The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation - following the example of Jesus Christ in His service to those in need - assists faith based and private schools in providing quality, affordable and accessible educational opportunities for any economically disadvantaged family within the St. Louis Region by generating financial assistance in the form of scholarships from local and national funding sources.

United Way 2-1-1
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Finding help used to be a frustrating ordeal – flipping through phone books and calling multiple numbers; wrong turns; dead ends; wasted time. Now, one phone number, 2-1-1, can reduce those headaches and get you connected to the resources you need.

United Way of Greater St. Louis
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The United Way of Greater St. Louis unites people of different backgrounds and interests who work together to strengthen health and human services in Missouri and Illinois. Serving over 400,000 individuals in the St. Louis area, the United Way efficiently raises and allocates funds to support a strong network of quality agencies and services; provides information, management and technical resources; identifies critical issues and unmet needs; and builds collaborations with the public and private sectors to meet those needs.

Universidad YA!
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Universidad YA! (College NOW!) is an education initiative of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis whose mission is to empower Latino youth to complete high school and to provide access to higher education regardless of their legal status. The initiative advocates for Latino youth staying in school and for their pursuit of higher education as the key to fuller integration into the American society, as an opportunity for upward mobility and as a tool to make educated choices. By providing clear and culturally competent information, Latino families will understand the importance that higher education will play in their future, and most importantly that they can also achieve the Dream of a postsecondary education just as their peers, and regardless of their status. Universidad YA! provides legal assistance, academic preparation, college application support and information about financial aid resources through informative events in Spanish and English.

University of Missouri Extension
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Finding help used to be a frustrating ordeal – flipping through phone books and calling multiple numbers; wrong turns; dead ends; wasted time. Now, one phone number, 2-1-1, can reduce those headaches and get you connected to the resources you need.

University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL)
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The University of Missouri-St. Louis is a public metropolitan research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. UMSL is the largest university in the St. Louis area, and the third largest in Missouri, conferring over 3,000 degrees in 2010. The success of the university – and its students, faculty, and alumni – is inseparable from the success of the St. Louis area. No other university brings more to bear on the social and economic advancement of the region than UMSL.

Urban League
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The Urban League's mission is "to assist African Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights. The Urban League implements its mission through advocacy, coalition building, program services, and by promoting communication and understanding among different races and cultures." The goals of ULYP are to serve as a base of support for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis and its respective initiatives and provide needed services to African Americans and others in metropolitan St. Louis with the express purpose of creating economic and social equality.

Vision for Children at Risk
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Vision for Children at Risk is founded on the belief that the health of children is vital to the overall health of the region, and that the community must work together regionally and strategically to improve the health and well-being of children in the St. Louis metropolitan area, especially those most at-risk due to poverty and unmet basic life needs. Vision for Children at Risk provides three essential services – research, collaboration and advocacy – that mobilize the St. Louis region to take action on the critical needs of children.  We are a catalyst creating positive change in the way the St. Louis area takes care of its children.

George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University
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The mission of the Brown School is to create positive social change through our path-breaking research and educational excellence.

Our vision:
-To educate and prepare future social work and public health leaders in areas of policy, practice, and research.
-To pioneer research and apply results to impact policy and practice locally, nationally, and internationally.
-To collaborate with organizations to use evidence to improve access to and quality of social services and to address social and economic justice.

Washington University
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Washington University's mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching, and learning. Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide-ranging exploration. Washington University's faculty and staff strive to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country, and the world.

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Founded in 1898, Wyman's focus is serving the particular, and increasingly complex, needs of today's teens by developing and administering long-term, outcome-based programs to help teens find meaning and purpose, develop healthy lifestyles, and then share their success with their communities. Wyman serves approximately 1,400 high school and post-high school aged youth through their Teen Outreach Program®, a nationally replicated, evidence-based best practice program used by schools, communities and other youth practitioners to empower teens to lead successful lives and build strong communities. Through a combination of curriculum-guided group discussion and volunteer service learning, TOP® promotes the positive development of adolescents – reducing the risk of problem behavior while developing healthy behaviors, life skills and a sense of purpose in participants.

Youth in Need
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Youth In Need is a non-profit child and family services agency, headquartered in St. Charles, Mo. Through a variety of crisis prevention and intervention programs, Youth In Need is dedicated to building positive futures for the community's most vulnerable children, teens and families. Each year, Youth In Need serves more than 20,000 children, teens and families with residential homes, foster care case management, homeless outreach, counseling and support groups, education and infant, child and family development at more than 40 sites, spanning 100-miles, in six counties in eastern Missouri.

Youth Learning Center
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Founded in 2003 by Minister Willie L. Kent, Sr., and Ray and Judy DeLuca Ford, Youth Learning Center (YLC) provides unique academic and enrichment experiences for over 200 youth from underserved communities to inspire lifelong learning, social responsibility, and moral leadership. YLC's continued goal is to have each child achieve his or her God-given potential, and to facilitate that, the center provides a rigorous after-school program and an engaging summer camp program. YLC concentrates its learning enhancement activities in mathematics, English and language arts, science, computer science, and entrepreneurship and civic leadership. YLC founders and administrators will never stop until every child has the opportunity to achieve their dreams because they have the skills needed and encourage them to give back to their communities to compete the cycle and pay it forward.


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