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SLATE Partners With Hack4Hope To Bring Coding Experience to Underserved Youth
O'Fallon, MO, (SLFP.com), July 2, 2015 - Throughout its history, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) American Job Center (AJC) has actively pursued partnerships that encourage underserved youth to build their skills and pursue emerging careers.
SLATE's newest partnership with Hack4Hope, a joint project of ITEN and Education Exchange Corps, will give young people the opportunity to be part of the St. Louis region's rapidly growing IT field. Hack4Hope's newly created Hackathon, a weekend long boot camp, will bring together youth with adult professional IT and coding mentors to build an application that solves a real-world problem.
This exciting new event will take place on July 10-12, at the T-Rex facility in Downtown St. Louis. A special information session will be held on July 8, from 6 to 8 pm, at SLATE, for parents and their children interested in the Hackathon. SLATE is located at 1520 Market St., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63103. At the information session, participants will be able to complete registration and obtain further information about the upcoming camp.
The camp will host up to 50 participants who will have a chance to win a free tablet, but most importantly, according to Alice Prince, Manager of SLATE's Young Adult Workforce Division, they will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Middle to High school student (7th to 12th grades)
- Interest in coding and IT fields (no previous coding or IT experience necessary)
- Ability to attend the entire weekend
- Computer literate
"We're doing our best for urban young people interested in IT to give them the experience needed to get internships, go to colleges and get IT scholarships, and, hopefully, be able to work for the companies that are now coming in and expanding in St. Louis," Prince said.
To bring Hackathon to St. Louis' youth, SLATE is working with numerous local partners, especially native St. Louisan Nicole Franklin, head of EPIPHANY Inc., a New Jersey film and digital media company that brings talented youth into the spotlight.
Franklin anticipates that the apps created during the camp will not be abstract, but specific solutions to local needs. "For example, youth could harness today's technology to encourage and promote fruit vendors, a once common sight in St. Louis, and reestablish them in their own neighborhood," she said.
Franklin emphasizes that the Hack4Hope experience will not end with the Hackathon, but rather will continue through to the Hack4Hope six-month academy. "In this way, youth will be able to continue to work on their ideas, explore technology and create tangible career pathways," she said.
Prince added that all those interested in coding and IT, including participants enrolled in Stl Youth Jobs, the City's summer employment program, are invited to participate in the coding camp. Those who successfully complete their weekend-long experience will be positioned to build their skill set through IT-related summer work experiences.
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City of St. Louis Wins YouthBuild Grant to Put Young People to Work Building New Homes
O'Fallon, MO, (SLFP.com), April 26, 2015 - Young adults in the City of St. Louis will learn job skills and get paid while helping to construct new, affordable housing for low-income families through the YouthBuild program.
YouthBuild will employ 75 people ages 16-24 through a $1 million Department of Labor grant secured by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE).
YouthBuild, the community-based alternative education program, targets young people who may be struggling - perhaps they've been in trouble with the law or dropped out of school - but who are looking for a second chance and a positive direction for their lives.
Through a partnership with Ranken Technical College, dedicated learners and workers will receive valuable job skills, put them into action, and get paid for doing so. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, financial literacy, academic enhancement, technical skills training in construction, community service, and securing permanent employment.
"Youth Builders will be able to see the physical progress of their work, giving them something to take pride in as they help to establish themselves in a new career while also helping to reshape their neighborhoods," Mayor Francis Slay said. "This is the latest example of creating job opportunities, and even more importantly, sustainable career paths for a new generation."
Mario Lopez, a father of two, described YouthBuild as a helping hand up the ladder of opportunity.
"With YouthBuild the possibilities are endless," Lopez said. "YouthBuild has opened the door for a brighter future for me and my two young kids."
Youth Builders will work on homes alongside members of the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis, which represents dozens of organized labor unions. These contractors and laborers will provide advice and expertise to the program.
"Ranken is extremely excited about this partnership," Ranken President Stan Shoun said. "The opportunity to help local residents learn skilled trades while they rebuild the City's 5th Ward is a goal we proudly undertake."
"YouthBuild will directly connect to the ongoing efforts by so many organizations to renew our urban core," Michael Holmes, Executive Director of SLATE, said.
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