St. Louis City partnering with local businesses for summer youth jobs

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - St. Louis City is partnering with local businesses to provide summer employment for teens and young adults through a program called "STL Youth Jobs."

You do not have to have any experience, but you must be between sixteen and twenty-three-years-old and live in north or south city.

Last year, the program provided 250 jobs. This year the goal is 500 jobs.

Companies like Monsanto, Anheuser-Busch and mom and pop businesses are offering positions.

Mayor Francis Slay says the idea for the program came from the St. Louis "Regional Violence Prevention Task Force."

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay: “We brought youth into the summit to talk about what they want and what they thought they needed to help them be productive in the neighborhood, in school, and ultimately as adults and the thing that kept coming back very strongly was jobs.

Money is needed to support the program; just last week JP Morgan challenged other businesses to match its $100,000 gift to STL Youth Jobs.